How To: Paint a First Birthday Plate

So, this is my first post as a blogger….. here we go!

I painted this plate the week before my nephew’s 1st birthday.  I wanted to give him a keepsake from his first birthday and struggled with what would be perfect.  I decided a birthday plate would be a perfect gift that could be used every year on his birthday.  Every pre-made plate I found looked so generic and impersonal, not to mention around $30-40 not including shipping.  Feeling extra creative I decided to try and paint a plate myself.  I had several bottles of ceramic/glass paint left over from previous projects so I hit my local Ross’s in search of an oven safe plate.  Below I listed how I create it.

Time expected to complete: 1 day

What you’ll need:

1.)  1 plate/platter/bowl that is oven safe (you’ll be baking your final product to ensure the paint sets)

2.)  Different color paints that are glass/ ceramic safe (make sure you find food safe paint that can be baked!- You can usually find these at Michael’s or A.C. Moore- I use these: 

3.) Toothpicks

4.) Thin bristle paintbrush

5.) Wet paper towels for easy clean up of mistakes!

6.) Oven

Take the time to clean the plate before starting to paint, this allows the paint to properly adhere to the surface of the plate.

I started by painting the blue cupcake liner first with the paintbrush, then the white icing and let it dry for 30 minutes.

I outlined the cupcake in black using a toothpick (this allows a much smaller more precise line).

I then waited for that to dry (around I hour)

I added the sprinkles using different colored paints with a toothpick (again this allows for more precise lines) and added the date to the cupcake liner using a toothpick.

I then painted the  blue hash marks all around the outside of the plate using the same paint brush and paint color as the cupcake liner.  Be extremely careful not to smudge your paint!!

Finally, I flipped the plate over and wrote a sentimental message to the birthday boy!

Bonus: Signing your name to the plate means you don’t have to get a card! 

You will then wait an hour for the paint to dry.

Put your plate in a cool oven and set the temperature to 350 degrees******.  Allow the plate to bake for 30 minutes.  Leaving your plate in the oven, turn the oven off and let your plate cool in the oven.

***** This may differ depending on what type of paint you bought, please read the instruction on your bottle of paint to make sure of oven temperatures and times

Once the plate is cool you can remove it.  The plate is non-toxic and ready to use! It is safe for use on the top rack of a dishwasher and should not be washed with the abrasive side of a sponge!

Enjoy!

-K

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