Like so many other people out there, Pinterest has opened up a whole new world of crafty DIYs. I’m a little bit obssessed to be honest. But that’s ok. Better to obssessed with doing crafts than say, eating. (Oh, wait…)
Anyways, when I discovered a pin of super fun kids’ plates I just had to try it. (You can find my inspiration here. How cool are these plates?) You can use a porcelain pen or a Sharpie for decorating cups, plates, etc. So far I’ve only used the pens because a) they’re made specifically for use on porcelain so I prefer them on any surface that
I’ll be putting food on and b) I think that they’re more forgiving than the Sharpie. If you make a mistake you can scrape it off even after it dries (but not once you bake it, of course).
So grab your porcelain pen and your plate. I bought the pen at DeSerres for $5. I got the plate at the Dollar Store.
Draw a fun design that you stole off of Pinterest that will make your kid want to gobble up any fruit or vegetable. Who wouldn’t want to eat a strawberry off a flat bed truck? Or cucumber and tomatoes from Thomas’ train? Hell ya!
(I can NEVER get Thomas’ face right…oh well, Oliver knows who it is)
Then follow the instructions on the pen. The ones I have say to let it dry for 24 hours then bake it for 35 min at 150°C. After that it’s dishwasher safe!
If freehand isn’t your thing you can try stencils. Martha Stewart does a line of adhesive stencils that are made to stick to pottery, glass, etc. You can buy paints to use with them too.
Here are a couple of other things I’ve done with the porcelain pens.
So there you have it…a relatively easy, inexpensive DIY to make mealtime fun for your kids. Or have a go at making awesome personalized gifts. There’s only one problem. You’ll be wishing that you didn’t have to give them away. Like that snowflake plate…a gift for my mother-in-law. It had better be out and adorned with cookies next Christmas.
*UPDATE* I have recently discovered that Pebeo Porcelaine Pens are not actually food safe. The pen I bought doesn’t say that it’s not and since the sales person at the store told me it was food safe and it’s water-based, I believed that it was fine. Apparently, the only food safe porcelain markers are from Germany, http://www.settocelebrate.com/porcelain-paint-markers.html?productid=porcelain-paint-markers&channelid=FROOG
I apologize for misleading anyone that has come across this post!