Plates and Sharpies – frugal gift idea

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In my head, I am quite creative with a marker. I can draw cute little doodles and fonts and turn them into masterpieces.

In reality, I can’t draw to save myself.

But seeing this pin, it didn’t stop me from deciding that I was going to give it a go.

So I bought a cheapie white plate and a black Sharpie from Kmart. And left it sitting like this on the corner of my desk for about a week because I realise that I can’t draw and anything that I draw on this plate is going to be a permanent reminder that Mama can’t draw.

drawing on a plate with Sharpies

But yesterday, I plucked up some courage and opened the Sharpie.

And wrote “happy birthday” because that is the first thing that came to mind. That and I have always wanted a special plate to use for the Birthday Person.

drawing on a plate with a Sharpie

The instructions to follow were as follows:

  • After finishing your design, put your plate in a cold oven.
  • Turn the oven on to 150 degrees Celsius.
  • Bake for 1 hour.
  • Turn the oven off and leave the plate to cool inside the oven. If you take it out while it’s still hot, the design can still smudge.

drawing on plates with Sharpies

Pretty cool.

Now I’m going to get myself some more plates and Sharpies, even coloured ones, and get all creative and shit.

Oh and the problem with this now is to remember that it has to be hand washed and not thrown into the dishwasher.

Have you tried this? Can you draw?

1 Kirsty August 23, 2012 at 7:23 am

What an awesome idea! I’m like you, can’t draw at all. No one wants to be on my team when Pictionary is pulled out :(

The plate looks really good! There may be some hidden talent there?! :)
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2 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Haha! I feel your pain. No-one wants me on their Pictionary team either.

3 Marita August 23, 2012 at 7:37 am

I saw a picture a blogger had taken after accidentally putting her hand drawn mug through the dishwasher. ooops. :(

I like the idea but really dislike hand washing.
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4 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I can almost guarantee that someone here will forget that it’s hand washing only.

5 Laurie March 8, 2013 at 4:37 am

Handwashing I guess would be recommended, but after mine cooled I immediately put them in the full cycle dishwasher to see what happened. All 6 plates I monogrammed came out flawless. I am giving them as a gift and I may tell her to hand wash, but it was good to know for me giving them that it stayed.
I do have another question. If after baking, part of it comes off, can you redo the whole process where the spots are?

6 Trish August 23, 2012 at 7:59 am

What a super idea to brighten a day.
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7 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

And cheap!

8 tattoomummy August 23, 2012 at 8:04 am

I won’t have any problems because we don’t own a dishwasher!
I will give this a go I think :)
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9 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Pictures if you do :)

10 Melissa August 23, 2012 at 8:22 am

Cool! I love your design. It’s cute.

This is the one I saw that inspired me (a bit different, but a similar concept).
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11 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I saw that one too, Melissa. I like glass etching. Been tempted to give it a go :)

12 Kate @ Our Little Sins August 23, 2012 at 9:19 am

this is such a wonderful idea… Thank you so much for sharing. Can’t wait to see what you do with colours, this is really sweet. A special plate for birthdays would make it even more special!
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13 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I’m beginning to think that my little doodles will be ok permanently baked into a plate. Cartoony drawings are cute ;)

14 Mandy August 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

I did something like this years ago but used paints, much prefer the sharpie option, so bloody easy. Love your birthday plate.
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15 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Sharpies are much cheaper and easier. I’m picturing a Sharpie obsession.

16 katepickle August 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

Such a cool idea!

I really want to get some of those porcelain pens so we can have a go at drawing on plates etc, then you bake them and supposedly they are then dishwasher safe!
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17 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm

They would be better for those who might forget to hand wash!

18 Melissa(Bright Side Up) August 23, 2012 at 10:31 am

Fantastic plate – and such a personal gift, especially if you inscribe something on the back.
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19 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Thanks! :)

20 Mel August 23, 2012 at 10:36 am

Thats so cool, I love it!
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21 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Thanks :)

22 LisaW August 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

I’ve seen that pin and I’ve been meaning to try it out! So glad you were a successful guinea pig…now I know it works, I’ll definitely be giving it a go.
btw – super cute design you came up with…just needs a big, delicious cupcake on top!
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23 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm

A cupcake will be a test to my drawing skills ;)

24 Natalie August 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Okay, I LOVE this idea! I think your design is super cute, sometimes simple is best!
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25 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Thanks Nat :)

26 Rhonda - Silly Mummy August 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I’ve done before but with those squeezie paints in tubes thingies on glass then put in the oven to bake. Sorry I forgot the names but they sell them at the art shops and scrapbooking shops. If I were to give these away I’d give as decorations, not for eating. :)
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27 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Are you talking about a stained glass type thing?

28 Rhonda - Silly Mummy August 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I think they use them on stained glass too.

But for our wedding I wanted to write on the two glasses that we planned to use on the bridal table for the traditional bride and groom sippy thing (corny but heay) for photos. So I wrote on two champagne glasses and baked them. They were not that great. But then a family friend gave us two glasses with our names engraved! Silver stems and all. So I chucked the ones I made lol.
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29 What Sarah Did Next August 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

What a lovely idea! I think that could be used for lots of different gift ideas – will keep it in mind for future reference!
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30 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Isn’t it? Great rainy day activity for the kids too :)

31 Tahlia - the parenting files August 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm

This is fabulous! What a wonderful ides! x
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32 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Thanks Tahlia :)

33 Maxabella August 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Well that looks decidedly pinnable!! x
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34 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Thank you, lovely lady x

35 Aroha @ Colours of Sunset August 24, 2012 at 8:15 am

WOW! For someone who can’t draw I think you’ve done exceptionally well. I would need a stencil to get my letters and hearts that perfect! great idea…maybe I will give it a go. I will need to buy about 5 cheap plates though for all the mistakes I will make ;-)
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36 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Aw, thanks Aroha :) I decided to only buy one to experiment but I will be buying more to play with.

37 Leanne @ Uber Simplicity August 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

I saw and pinned that on Pinterest myself the other week, and I was going to give it a go to see if it worked. And it does! Whoo hoo I’m going to give it a burl myself :)
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38 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Happy to have been a guinea pig ;) Be sure to share photos!

39 Tracey August 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Super cute! Well done.

40 ~Tina August 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Thank you x

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