And that my friends is why I'm not allowed to start a book unless I have NOTHING going on. After telling you about the new Harry Potter series, I thought I would check out the first little bit to see if I'd actually like it...well, I got hooked. I ended up reading the whole book and starting on the next one. I'm so bad that way.
Luckily, I had a deadline on my Back to School party so I came out of Hogwarts to make a few last minute decorations. I've seen directions on how to personalize your own plates on Pinterest, so I knew I wanted to try them for my dinner party. And I'm so excited to say how well and easy they worked. The possibilities are endless and I can already see fun Christmas gifts for all my family this year.
I started with a yellow plate from Walmart and an idea of what I wanted. I used a dry erase marker to test out my design and make sure it worked. I wanted a ruler theme, so I used the dry erase marker to mark out my lines to make sure they were even.
Once I was sure of how it all lined up, I used a black sharpie to make my ruler lines. Then I went back and wiped off the dry erase marker.
I loved how the ruler design turned out, but I felt like my plate needed a little something extra. I thought it would be cool to used colored sharpies to draw an apple or something fun in the middle, but decided to go with a personalization. I drew lines to look like a writing tablet and added each of my kid's names in the center of the plate. (Again, I did it first in dry erase to make sure I got it even and liked how it looked.)
Then I baked my plate at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I don't know if you need to put it on a cookie sheet, but I decided to do it just to be safe.
I let the plate cool for 20 minutes and then checked it. I noticed I had not erased all of the dry erase markers in spots, but they wiped right off even after being baked. But the design I made in sharpie stayed with no smearing or rinsing off.
I'm so excited about how these turned out. I am a sucker for plates for every holiday and this is a cheap fun way. You can make them for different holidays, as gifts, as a special plate for a birthday...the ideas are endless!
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