Decorative Plate or Mug on a Dime: Sharpie Art

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On one of my many visits to Pinterest, I came across a great idea: decorating plates and/or cups with Sharpie permanent markers, and baking them to make the masterpiece permanent!

I happened to have a whole bunch of different-colored Sharpies at home, bought some white plates at the thrift store, and went to town.

My first design was simple, a couple of words and some flowers and I really like how it turned out.

And this is a wonderful craft to do with your kids! This Sharpie creation he or she creates is so much more permanent than all of the drawings your child brings home from school or does at home.

Need a quick gift for the grandparents? Have your child draw on a cup or plate with Sharpies, bake the item, and you'll have an instant gift that will be cherished for a long time. Why didn't I know about this years ago?

The same goes for decoration for any holiday or birthday: why not draw or write something fitting on a plate or cup for the next event? You could make a whole tablescape or wall decor using Sharpie plates.

I especially like the idea of using Sharpies to personalize a cup with a quote as a birthday gift. If my handwriting were better, I'd be cranking them out for my large extended family.

Supplies you will need:

               

  • White or light-colored plate(s) or cup(s)
  • Sharpies (I bought a whole set at the dollar store)
  • an oven to bake the items

               

DIY Sharpie Plate or Cup

This DIY project couldn't be easier:

  1. Wash the dish you want to draw on with warm water and soap, and dry it.
  2. I decided to write an inspirational motto on my plate, so I put some tape on the plate to give me a straight line to follow when I was writing the words. Be careful not to get too close to the tape since the ink can run under the tape.
  3. If you do make a mistake, you can scrub off the Sharpie design and try again.
  4. After you have written the words, remove the tape and embellish the plate however you like. I added some flowers.
  5. When you are happy with your design, sign the back, maybe add the date, and then bake the item in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  6. Be careful not to burn yourself when you take it out – wear oven mittens and let the item cool down. Make sure small children are not around when you do this and make older kids aware that the item is cooling down and not to be touched.

               

My son had fun creating his first Sharpie plate. Can you find the Ninja Turtle? I think we'll wrap up this plate as a gift for his grandmother in Germany.

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Care instruction: wash the Sharpie plate or cup with warm water and soap instead of in a dishwasher.

How will you decorate your first Sharpie plate or cup — with a quote, a graphic pattern, or a drawing of something special?

 

{Images by Dagmar Bleasdale}

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Decorative Plate or Mug on a Dime: Sharpie Art

Dagmar tackles motherhood, thrifty home decorating, DIY projects, and green and frugal living on her lifestyle blog Dagmar's Home. She loves finding treasures in thrift stores and sells her handmade candles on Dagmar's Home Decor. Connect with her on Twitter (26,000 followers), Facebook, and Pinterest. ... More

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8 comments

  1. Jas says:

    My oven doesn’t go to 350, is that cause I’m in Australia??

  2. mommy nhoj says:

    Looks cool. I want to try it myself.

  3. This would be a great idea to do have each kid create their own plate and then make a game at dinner time who ever clears their whole plate will get to reveal the picture much cheaper than buying character plates and much more creative also.

  4. pat says:

    can wait to try, so much cheaper than canvas art. Thanks

  5. Carla says:

    This works best with oil base sharpie paint markers and by cleaning the surface well with rubbing alcohol before you begin to mark the plate or cup. The oil base sharpies will withstand repeated washings and are food safe when dry and baked.

  6. sounds fun. I will do this

  7. Danielle says:

    Love the idea. How cute!

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