Every year for the past 8 years, except for one, I have hosted a table at the Women’s Christmas Tea at our church. I attend an amazing church in Kennesaw, GA called Riverstone and the Tea is a highlight of the year. It always sells out, and this year it sold out in just a few days.
I love and look forward to the Tea each year and start planning what to do with my table many weeks ahead. My wheels are spinning with ideas for the centerpiece and I will do another blog post after the Tea so y’all can see what I came up with.
I am not changing it up too much from last year. I used black and white with a buffalo checked table cloth as my inspiration and I still love that, so it’s going on the table again this year. I also did a DIY for the dessert plates and then I gave them to each guest as a gift and thank you. Everyone loved them. Well, I am doing that again too, but a little different. I thought I would show you how I make my plates and maybe you will be inspired to try it yourself.
I decided to use black plates this time and had a hard time finding them without spending more than a couple of bucks for each one. I finally found some from Replacements, Ltd.
So, I first make my pattern for the plates and I use regular tracing paper that you can get at any craft store, but I got mine at Michael’s.
To transfer the design onto the plates I use Saral Transfer Paper. I have used this paper for years and it will transfer a design onto almost any surface including fabric. I got mine from Amazon. I tape the design onto the plate and used the yellow transfer paper and then simply go over the design with a pencil.
Once you have your pattern transferred onto the plates you are ready to take the markers to the design and fill it in. I use Sharpie Paint Markers and I like the fine point markers. I started with the white marker.
Then just keep going…I just used three colors on these as you can see and did every plate in one color before moving on to the next. It dries very quickly, so you can move right along. It’s fun to sit and watch a Hallmark movie or two while you work on this DIY.
Once you are finished with your plates you will want to set the paint by putting them in the over at 250 degrees for half an hour.
I’m excited to use these plates as part of my design this year, and hope you enjoyed seeing how to make them. Maybe you can try it yourself sometime, even if it’s just one plate to give a gift of cookies to someone on or to give as a birthday present to someone special. I don’t recommend using these to eat off of or put in the dishwasher, I’m just not sure that they are non-toxic and haven’t taken the time to test them for durability. I think of them as more decorative.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope to post again once I get my Christmas decor up and finished! I’m moving slow these days because my back is acting up, but I’m hoping and praying I’ll be doing better before it’s time to plunge into Christmas!
This week while in prayer the Lord gave me this scripture out of Jeremiah: For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord. It was a big encouragement to me and maybe it’s something you need to hear too, but the most important thing to always remember is He is with you and He loves you!