DIY Birthday Plate. Before3pm.com

Let me tell you a story.

My middle son absolutely LOVES arts and crafts.   Now, painting is definitely not my favorite activity because it is always such a mess, but he begged me to let him paint, and I gave in.

I set him up with his paint set, newspaper on the table, a cup for rinsing out his paintbrush, etc..

When he finished his artwork, he put everything away, including the cup of dirty water in the sink.

While the dishes were piled in the sink, the paint residue from that water cup managed to get on some of my plates, and to this day, two of my plates STILL have paint spots on them!

Why do I tell you this story?  Because when I actually TRY to get paint to stay on plates, it has never worked!!!!

That is, until now!

For my test project, I decided to create a “Birthday Plate” for the birthday girl/boy to use on their special day.

A bought a dollar store plate and washed it, cleaned it with rubbing alcohol, and then painted it with a combination of standard acrylic paint and Sharpie paint pens.

DIY Birthday Plate. Before3pm.com

I let it “cure” for twice as long as the recommended 21 days,DIY Birthday Plate. Before3pm.comand this is what happened after I washed it in my dishwasher (bottom rack, high heat).

DIY Birthday Plate. Before3pm.com

So, back to the drawing board.

The silver and blue colors above were with the paint pens, so the second time around I didn’t use any paint pens, and I bought new acrylic paints specifically labeled for “all surfaces.”

DIY Birthday Plate. Before3pm.com

After painting it on, I placed it in a cold oven, turned it on to 350 degrees, let it cook for 30 minutes, turned it off and let it cool completely in the oven before opening the oven door.

The big moment of truth was running it through the dishwasher and…

Success!!

DIY Birthday Plate. Before3pm.com

As you can see, my youngest was very excited about this new tradition!

I have since used this plate for three birthdays and ran it through the dishwasher each time.  I few tiny spots have washed off, but overall, it has held up very well!

Now that I have gotten it to work, I am going to try my hand at some more plates – I am thinking Halloween or Thanksgiving plates next!

 

 

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