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How to Paint a Decorative Plate

Updated on May 9, 2011

Paint a Plate

Nearly everyone enjoys being creative. When I painted a ceramic "Joy" plate for Christmas, I loved the result (pictured above) so much that I made another one for my parents as part of their Christmas gift.

Painting and baking decorative plates is a simple, fast, and rewarding craft that you can enjoy too, all the while avoiding the massive mess that generally comes with crafting.

Be creative! Have fun! And enjoy!

Materials Needed:

~ Ceramic Plate

~ Ceramic or Acrylic Paint - read the description before buying to make sure it works on ceramic surfaces

~ Fine detail paint brush

~Transfer paper

~ Stylus, dull pencil, or other blunt point for tracing

~ Scotch tape

~ Image printed on paper to be transferred to the plate

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Step 1. Wash your plate well, and dry it.

Step 2. Cut around your printed image leaving about and inch of white space from where you make your cut and where the image is printed.

Step 3. If the image you've just cut out is on the small side, you may want to cut your transfer paper to the same size and shape.

Step 4. Tape the image, print-side up (facing you), onto the clear side of the transfer paper. Do not tape the image over the white side of the transfer paper.

Step 5. Place the image and transfer paper on the plate where you want the image to be. Tape the image and the transfer paper onto the plate.

Step 6. Using a stylus, dull pencil, or other blunt tip, trace the outline of the image, pressing hard enough that the white side of the transfer paper will leave a white outline on the plate.

Step 7. Remove the transfer paper and printed image.

Step 8. Using a fine detail paintbrush, paint over the white outline the transfer paper created, filling in space as needed. After painting and baking, if white transfer lines are still visible, they can usually be removed with a white eraser, using light pressure.

Step 9. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. When the oven is pre-heated, place your painted plate into the oven for 45 minutes.

Step 10. Carefully remove the hot plate from the oven. Allow the plate to cool, then do a victory dance, show it off, brag about it, take pictures, and make another one.

** If you are looking for another great craft idea, check out my tutorial, "Home Art: How to Make "The Best Things in Life Aren't Things" Decorative Wall Sign Tutorial."


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      Andrea Nelsworth 7 years ago

      Thanks, Marellen. I'm a wanna-be crafty person who likes easy crafts like this. :)

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      marellen 7 years ago

      Very cute....