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How to Paint a Thanksgiving Plate

Updated on February 7, 2016
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Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.

Boy and Girl Turkey Scenes

Painting plates is an easy and fun craft. Filled with cookies or bars, painted Thanksgiving plates make a nice and thoughtful gift. And someone will be grateful for your thoughtfulness.

A few days after Halloween I was shopping in Walmart when I ran across a bin of plastic plates that had gone to half price; four plates for one dollar. Since I had painted a few plates using a Halloween theme, I thought it would be fun to try some with a Thanksgiving theme also.

Because the plates had a shiny finish, I sanded a bit with a sanding block before painting them. The steps were pretty much the same as those shown in my Painting a Halloween Plate, so you can reference that article if need be.

If you would like to try your hand at painting Thanksgiving plates like these, I have included drawings of the boy and girl turkeys. I have tin figures that were my inspiration for these boy and girl turkey scene drawings.

Supplies Needed:

Two 10" plates
Sanding block
Carbon paper (I use the kind purchased in sewing supplies)
Boy (Pattern)
Girl (Pattern)
Craft paints, assorted colors
Artist brushes
Glossy Sealer

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craft-painting-sand-surface-of-plate

Roughen Off the Shine

The first thing you'll want to do is to

roughen up the finish on the plates with sandpaper.

This will help the paint stick to the plate.

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crafts-painting-base-coating-plate

Base Coat the Plate

Paint the plate on the front and around the rim that could show. Paint on a thin layer of paint. It's better to add extra coats of paint than it is to put on too thick a layer.

Let the paint dry and then give the plate another coat of paint. More coats can be added, but let each coat dry thoroughly between coats.

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crafts-painting-trace-image-on-plate

Tracing the Image

You can either draw your own image on the plate with a pencil, or you can use carbon paper to trace an image on the plate.

If you want to use the patterns included in the supplies list, print out the images, use carbon paper to trace an image onto the plate.

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crafts-painting-paint-images-on-plate

Painting the Thanksgiving Plates

Now, the fun begins. Paint your plate in your desired fall colors. When all the areas are painted in, use slightly thinned black paint and a #0 round brush to outline all the spaces.

Make two rows of dashes around the edge of the plate. With a pencil, lightly write a message if desired. Then paint over the message with paint.

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crafts-painting-plate-turkey-girl

Finish With Sealer

Spray the finished plate with a gloss sealer when the paint is dry.

I wouldn't put the dish in water even though it's been sealed with a sealer. Just wipe with a damp cloth to clean.

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crafts-painting-plate-thanksgiving-tom-turkey

Use a Bit of Gold

I used gold paint to make a shadow above

and to the left side of the letters in the message.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

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