Monday, November 12, 2012

Easy Kid Craft: How to Decorate a Christmas Plate with a Sharpie

If you're not a crafty person, please don't go away.  This is BY FAR the easiest craft I've ever posted on Mom Swim Bike Run, but also one of my favorites.  I heard about this idea from a friend (hi Tonya) of my mom's who told my mom to do this with my kids (they were talking about it on Facebook).  This ideas was too cute, however, and I stole it to do myself.  

What you'll need: 

  • Plain white porcelain (or anything that is oven safe) plates (you can buy them at the Dollar store but I got these for $2.99 at IKEA)
  • Colorful Sharpie Markers 

Now all you have to do is sit back and watch your kids draw with the markers on the plates.  Oh and if you're me also try not to freak out that they're making "mistakes".

This is definitely not a craft for a Type A mom like myself, but I tried VERY hard to just let them do whatever they wanted.

I did encourage them to practice on paper first and then draw it on their plates.  This was actually more for their benefit as I only had three plates so there was no room for error.

After the children have created their masterpieces put the plates in the oven to "set" the marker.  I baked them at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

I told my kids we'd be using these plates to set out cookies for Santa at Christmas, so they all went with the Christmas theme.

Cookies for Santa with reindeer, Christmas tree and snowman for Nicholas.

A snow woman (with fancy eyelashes) and snowflakes by Ella.

And finally, a Christmas tree with "rug" aka tee skirt by Jack.  I swear he knows how to write his name.  I'm not quite sure why it came out the way it did.  I am not type A, I am not Type A, I am not Type A.... So it doesn't matter right?

I really wish I would have known about this years ago because I think it would be so fun to have a whole collection of plates from over the years.  I plan to do it again next year (and beyond) but I don't know how long the tradition will last now that the kids are getting older.  How much would you love to come to a party at my house and eat appetizers off of these too cute plates?

If you like this craft, don't forget to Pin it!  (Hit the pin it button below the comments) 

Would you try this craft?  If you try it out, be sure to send me a picture of your creations.  


Kortni said...

I might not be able to do this because I might be more Type A then you! I fear correcting after they finish! Very very cute!

Cascia Talbert said...

That looks like a neat idea. I think I'll try it with my kids this year.

M and m mommy said...

How adorable !,, I will def try this w my girls .... Once they bake plates may be used ? Sorry silly question

Jennifer said...

Loved this and did with my kids today but once I baked them the colors changed to ugly teal and brown colors. We used the same brand of sharpies so I'm not sure what happened but it was disappointing! Any suggestions?

momswimbikerun said...

My mom did this with the kids too and I find it has more to do with the type of plate, rather than the markers. Unfortunately, I can't really pin point what plates do this and what don't. They all seem the same to me, but clearly are not. Sorry it didn't work out for you.

Jennifer said...

Ok I will try with a different plate and let you know! It's such an easy and inexpensive idea I'm not giving up yet! Thanks for the reply!

alison said...

My plate wipes off in England my cover only goes to 250

Nicole said...

Try oil based sharpies

Aubmom123 said...

Cute idea! Didn't see a place to pin it.

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