November 17, 2011

DIY Holiday Dishes

today is a short break in the Guest Posting Extravaganza so I can show off some Martha Stewart awesomeness....guest posters take back over tomorrow....

 I was recently sent some of the Martha Stewart craft paint line to review - wowza, this stuff is amazing!  It's made for all surface types - - here's the scoop:

Transform everything from curtains to glassware to flower pots with the first multi-surface craft paint available! Martha Stewart Crafts™ premium acrylic paints provide superior coverage for all fabric, wood, glass, ceramic, plastic, and metal craft projects. 

 Did you read that - multi-surface paint - works on anything!!  So I thought about what to do and thought it would be genius to make some holiday dishes.  After formulating my plan and getting started, I noticed that it wasn't my own genius idea, but that I probably saw the package and the idea seeped into my subconscious - see, they painted mugs too:

But I really thought I came up with the idea - oh well, it's still a great one!  I don't have any holiday dishes, and it seems like a big splurge to buy some.  So why not make your own.  First, scour the thrift store for something appropriate - I was thinking glass cups at first, but then I found these plates, whole pile for $1.50 total:
and these mugs, on a different shelf and stamped different on the bottom, but looked like the matched the plates to me - the mugs were $1 for the set (if I remember right):

So for less than $3, I have a whole Holiday Plate Set (setting for 6 - a couple of the plates were chipped) - not bad!!

I used the foam stencil from the set packaging I showed above - it's genius!!  it's a foam sticker, so it worked great on the curve of the mug and lip of the plate.  If you've ever tried to stencil on a curved surface, you know it's impossible - until now!  My snowflakes were so crisp - a friend said they looked like vinyl stickers, not painted on, because they had such clean lines.  By the end, my stencil did get a little gummed up, but I used it about 15 times on each set of dishes, so it got lots of use!

On the plates I used some of the glitter paint to go over the snowflakes - you can kind of see it in this picture - just added that touch of sparkle (the one in the middle is showing the glitter):
And then I also added little dots of silver paint in between the snowflakes, on the cup and plate - you can see that best in this picture:

Now a little of a warning - if you want to make your own holiday dishes, do it now!  On ceramic, the paint has to cure for 21 days before it's ready.  So I haven't tested it yet because mine's still curing, but the package says it'll be top-rack dishwasher safe - - - 

So meanwhile, it sitting on my table looking fabulous - - 
You can find the Martha Stewart Craft Paint Line at Michaels - so head on over and grab yourself some!  The stencils and brushes and anything you need are there too.

 Stay tuned - later today I'll show off another project I used the new line for, and it's awesome....


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

10 Fabulous Comments:

Love it! They turned out really cute.

Love this idea! How cheering! I love having special dishes for Christmas. I have my mom's set of Christmas dishes and cherish them. This is a great way to have options!

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Love the dishes! What a great idea. And fun to read a post from you again. :O)

I like the design--very simple, but very pretty.

Wow, really cute! I love Martha's new line. Great idea for inexpensive holiday ware

How cute! I love the little snowflakes : ) I need some cute little holiday plates!

Very cute! Is the paint... hmm... kid's hands friendly? Don't know the right word... toxic? Can I do handprint plates with it? Love that it cures and can then go in the dishwasher!

Those are so pretty! My mom has a set of Christmas dishes, so I've always wanted some... This would be the most inexpensive way to get them I'm sure!

I am so glad I saw this! What a great idea. I have to pass it along to my best friend who was trying to decide what to do about her upcoming Thanksgiving for 16+ people. Thank you so much for posting this :)

These are so pretty! I love this particular stencil and used it on my ornaments. It's awesome!

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