My goodness, November is flying by! Get it…flying…insects. I crack myself up. But seriously, I have been having a blast coming up with new creative gift ideas that you can make. This idea for making pen and ink sketch decorative dessert plates turned out better than I expected! The only downside is that they really are only for decoration. The paint used on the plates can be cured, but the manufacturer states that it technically isn’t food safe.
With that disclaimer out of the way, think about how you could commemorate an event with a personalized plate. Or you could use the same stenciling technique on the outside of a pitcher, mug, glasses or anywhere that the food wouldn’t be in contact with.
- Dessert plates (bought mine at a thrift store for $1 each)
- Porcelaine Chalkboard paint
- Porcelaine gold paint
- Credit card or spatula for burnishing
- Sponge applicator or paint brush
- X-acto knife
- Decorative stencil cut outs (used my Silhouette to cut bug shapes)
- Transfer paper
Optional: Porcelaine or glass ink pens for writing
1. Chose your design and use a Silhouette (or other craft cutter) to cut out the design on vinyl.
2. Weed out (remove) all the inside areas of your design. Lay a sheet of transfer paper on top of your vinyl and burnish it (rub the transfer paper to adhere it to the vinyl.)
3. Carefully remove the backing from the vinyl.
4. Center the design on a clean plate. Burnish again to adhere the vinyl to the plate.
5. Carefully remove the transfer paper from the vinyl.
6. Sponge or paint black chalkboard paint over the stencil.
Don’t freak out when the paint appears bubbly. It will settle and smooth out as it dries.
7. Paint gold paint around the plate edges. I found it difficult to get a precise line, so I went with the bumpy organic look instead.
8. Allow the paint to dry. Gently remove the vinyl from the plate. Use an x-acto knife to pull up the little pieces.
9. If you want to cure your plates, bake them in a non-preheated oven at 300F for 30 minute. Then leave them in the oven as it cools.
DIY Plate Hangers
I bought a package of disc changers, for hanging plates, a long time ago and then promptly forgot where I put them. I finally gave up this week and decided to create my own plate hangers.
I used large paper clips and Gorilla tape (I am in love with this stuff now.)
Gently bend one end of the paper clip.
Feed one piece of Gorilla tape through the paper clip. Place a second piece of tape over the first piece of tape and the paper clip.
Add hooks or nails to your wall and hang up your plate.
I am of the mind set that if you can’t hide something unsightly then work with it. My Nest thermostat is now happily surrounded by some flying friends. I might add a few more plates soon.
What do you think? These decorative plates are high end boutique-chic, don’t you think? And they cost $1 each plus supplies.
Silhouette Portrait Giveaway
AND NOW! Remember that mission I had to get a Silhouette in everyone’s hands? Well, I have another one to giveaway.
1 Silhouette Portrait will be going home with one lucky winner.
AND I’m making it easy to win…ready?
Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter to win. The first entry requires you to leave me a comment below (if you are viewing this post in your email, click here to enter to win) telling me which one of the Très Frugal gift ideas you liked the best so far.
Terms & Conditions: Winners will be selected at random using Rafflecopter. Entries must be received by Friday, November 27th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Contest open to adults aged 18 and older. Winner will be notified on Saturday, November 28th 2013 via email. Winner must reply to email within 2 days of receiving the notice. Please be sure you have PrettyHandyGirl@gmail.com as an acceptable email address. Prize will be fulfilled by Silhouette. Pretty Handy Girl cannot be held responsible for prizes that are not fulfilled by third party companies.
Here’s the Très Frugal round up so far: