Hooray for fun DIY projects that actually WORK!
You guys, I have a really hard time giving Christmas gifts straight from a list. Maybe I’m a little different, but we always gave gifts based on what we knew about the person we were getting the gift for…what they loved, hobbies, funny stories/memories…gifts from the heart, no lists required! I just LOVE seeing the look on someone’s face when they open up a handmade (or unexpected) gift that you’ve spent weeks and months planning out and thinking about..it’s so stinkin’ much fun! Heck, some of our most favorite wedding gifts were off the wall, completely unique and totally unexpected little gems…I think the surprise is half the fun! I also know people that love lists and that’s how they prefer to shop…not a problem! To each their own! That said, I’m very sure I’ve given gifts that people have probably thought ‘nice try, maeg. you should have gone with the list.’😉 Oops!
Anyway, this year was no different for me…as soon as my friend from work mentioned this project she was working on for her family, I knew it had to be on my list, too! I’d seen it on Pinterest before, but wasn’t brave enough to try it…does that ever happen to you? You don’t want to try something until someone you trust has given it a go? Well, Z at work was mid-process and she said it was going swimmingly, so I thought I’d jump right in [see what I did there?]!
I think they turned out great, they’re dishwasher proof, and I hope the recipients love them! They were so simple to make and only took about an hour (without baking time).
I didn’t do a very good job (ok, I didn’t do it at all.) documenting the crafting process, so I’ll just do my best to explain!
What you’ll need:
- Dishware of choice to decorate (I used platters from Tai Pan Trading)
- Oil based sharpie markers (pictured below, I found them at Michael’s)
- Stickers/stencils of choice if you don’t want to freehand
- an oven to ‘bake’ your creation
1. Wipe down your ceramics thoroughly (I used glass cleaner and a lint-free towel)
2. Place any stickers/stencils you’d like to use on your ceramics–be sure to seal all of the edges well
3. You can freehand, trace, dot…whatever you want! Just be sure to let the marker dry on the ceramic as you go…especially for those of you who (like me!) are left-handed! For my project, I used letter stencils and did gold, silver and black dots all around the letters to create a silhouette effect. I also free-handed the quote on the second platter and hand-drew the dots. If you make a mistake, don’t panic! All you do is get a wet cloth and scrub the mistake off and start anew!
4. Let it dry–for at least an hour
5. Remove all stickers (if any of the sticker gets too ‘stuck’, a razor blade is a quick way to get the rest of the gunk off!). Preheat your oven to 400, and pop the pieces in for 30 mins. – warning: it will smell strongly of sharpie fumes as it bakes, don’t be alarmed!😉
6. Let the pieces cool in an open (turned off) oven until you can take them out without pot holders
7. (optional) Spray a thin clear coat on the pieces (spray cans found at any local home goods or hardware store) for extra protection
That’s it! So easy, right?! I’ll be experimenting more and hoping that the designs continue to get better as I go😉
Happy Christmas week, friends!