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Decorated Ceramic Plates

Decorated Ceramic Plates
Messiness: High
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours

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Shauna Wightman
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Sometimes the best projects are the easiest projects. The ones that can last forever are even better. Using permanent markers to draw on ceramic plates and then putting the plates in the oven will make the designs stay put.

How We Did It

Decorated Ceramic Plates

Start by gathering up the supplies. Sharpie markers (permanent markers) come in a million different colors these days so we used an array of colors. We also picked up some (nice and cheap) plates from the dollar store. Any white or light-colored ceramic plate will do.

Decorated Ceramic Plates

After making sure the kids understood that the plates were the only canvas for using the permanent markers, I let the kids go wild with design. They loved the idea of designing their own plates. My five-year-old made a plate for his teacher's Christmas gift this year. It was fun to see how thoughtful he was with the design. My three-year-old added more abstract scribbles, but both designs captured the stage of life they are in.

Decorated Ceramic Plates

Then I put the plates in a preheated (350 degree) oven and baked them for 30 minutes. After letting them cool, they were good to go. The plates were dishwasher safe, food safe, and one -of-a-kind.

Decorated Ceramic Plates

This may be the kids' most favorite project to date. They love their new plates and want to make one for everyone else for Christmas now too. Good thing they are cheap and easy to make.


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Did this with my son and the sharpie washed off immediately. Followed the directions exactly so not sure what we did wrong. Any suggestions?

posted by: Heather on 9.7.2013

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I did this for my daughter's birthday party. I thought it would be fun to make plates and then serve everyone's breakfast on their new dish. I baked them for 30 minutes at 350, and mine washed off right away too. It was disappointing. I sent the plates along with each child with instructions to bake them again. I don't know if that will work.

posted by: Annie on 11.10.2013

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