Easy Custom Plate DIY
I am no DIYer by any stretch of the imagination, but when I saw this come across my Pinterest feed, I couldn't help but check it out. If nothing else, I wanted to at least find out where I could buy it. Turns out it was a DIY. So I read it over and realized, "I could totally do this!"
And "do this" I did.
Inspired by Lauren Saylor over at A Fabulous Fete I decided to try my hand at this amazing DIY for my holiday tablescape. It turned out much better than I'd anticipated, and I grew so confident in my skills -- after a few attempts of course -- that I deviated from her template, and created my own custom plates featuring my favorite inspirational words: "grace" "hope" "faith" and "love".
To do this DIY, I only had to purchase TWO things -- the 7.75" Dessert Plates and the White Acrylic Paint Marker. I'd already had Liquid Chalk Marker to use on my whiteboard so I was happy that this DIY wasn't going to involve purchasing too many materials on my part.
I purposefully chose dessert plates, versus dinner plates, because I wanted these to sit at the top my tablescape setting & I didn't want to have to sacrifice my actual dinner plates to make that happen.
Now, to clarify -- to DO the DIY, I only had to purchase those items, BUT afterward, I did go ahead and have my husband pick up some polyurethane to seal the back. Do I plan on having people actually use these plates -- absolutely not! But I did still want to be safe & not run the risk of someone accidentally washing 'em off.
HOW TO DO IT:
- prep your plate by simply wiping it down
- tape your template text, face up, to the bottom of the plate
- using the chalk pen, trace the template text so that it's on the face of the plate
- remove the template text & place the plate face down
- using the acrylic pen, trace the template you created with the chalk -- this is the trickiest part because you're tracing the text in reverse; but instead of overthinking it, just make like you're back in grade school tracing for art class
- with either water or glass cleaner, clean off the chalk paint from the front of the plate; you should be able to see the acrylic paint
- using the template text as your guide, tweak the appearance of the text as necessary
- if you decide to use polyurethane, go ahead a spray the back of the plate to seal the text
That's it. We're done!
I told you it was easy!
I love a DIY that's practical, affordable, and easy -- which should be the recipe for really any DIY but that isn't always the case. This little project has elevated my tablescape in such a way that no storebought plate could've ever done. This'll work great as a substitute for name cards on a place setting, and even on other glassware.