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DIY Painted Plates

August 12, 2014

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Continuing with the black and white party theme posts, today is all about these DIY painted plates! The inspiration for these came from this halloween post from  Brit + Co. I didn’t have any cool serving trays so I thought this was the perfect project to get some!

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What you need:
– Porcelaine/Ceramic paint ($1.99 FolkArt Enamel acrylic paint (for ceramics) at Michael’s). Make sure it is the kind that you cure in the oven, and that it’s food safe**
– Paint brush
– Painters tape
– Plain dishes (I just went to the dollar store and chose a couple of plates in the sizes that I liked)

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Paint your dishes in whatever pattern and design you like, and use a qtip to touch up any imperfections after you remove the tape. Follow the directions on your paint to cure it properly.

The Lovely Things © Zambonin Photography The Lovely Things © Zambonin Photography The Lovely Things © Zambonin Photography

Now you have some awesome new plates, serving dishes, or whatever you decided to make! I think some mugs are next on my list of things to make awesome….

The Lovely Things © Zambonin Photography

The Lovely Things © Zambonin Photography

**It came to my attention that no ceramic paints can technically be labelled as food safe. Most forums online suggested painting on the edges of the plates where food won’t touch, or to use clear glass plates and paint the bottom instead of the top. You’d need to use glass paint instead of ceramic paint for that. It was also suggested to use the painted plates as chargers and putting a glass plate over top so your design still shows through.

I use mine as serving plates rather then dinnerware so they don’t get cut on or heated up. From what I gather if you don’t use them as every day dishes (eating off of regularly) it will probably be fine. But please use your own judgement!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Megan Johnston November 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Hello-

    I was wondering which paint you used. According to my michaels nothing is “food safe”. THanks

    MJ

    • Reply amyzambonin November 25, 2014 at 1:48 am

      Hi MJ!

      I used FolkArt Enamel acrylic paint (for ceramics) from Michael’s. I did some research online and you’re right it doesn’t look like any ceramic paints can technically be labelled as food safe. Most forums suggested painting on the edges of the plates where food won’t touch, or to use clear glass plate and paint the bottom instead of the top. You’d need glass paint instead of ceramic paint for that. Someone also suggested using the painted plates as chargers and putting a glass plate over top so your design still shows through.

      I use mine as serving plates rather then dinnerware so they don’t get cut on or heated up. From what I gather if you don’t use them as every day dishes (eating off of regularly) it will probably be fine. Hope this helps! I’d love to hear what you end up making!

      Amy

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