@Home with Maddy
Project article and photographs
by Madeleine M Langlois, MaddyLane Designs
For the joy of making beautiful holiday crafts
Scrumptious dishes make great holiday gifts
Hands-on time: Approximately 1 hour or less.
Total time: Plus 24 hours for the paint to set and
35 minutes to bake to heat-set.
Skill: easy and kid-friendly.
Cost: average under $10.00 per large plate
Materials & Tool
• White chinaware square plates, such as serving plates, charger plates, or
large dinner plates.
• Rubbing alcohol and a soft lint free-cloth
• A soft fiber paintbrush, 3 cm
• A fine-tipped artist paintbrush
• Porcelaine 150 paints by Pébéo, Copper, White
• Stir sticks and paint tray
• Painter’s tape
• Cotton swabs
• A hairdryer (optional)
• Porcelaine 150 outliners (fine nozzle tipped tubes)
by Pébéo, Gold, Charcoal, Orange and Red
• An oven (to heat-set the paints)
(All these items are available at craft and dollar stores)
Tis the season to be crea-tive…. Fa la la la..la..la la la la… Paint and bake your
way to easy holiday gifts starting with inexpensive dishes that are readily
available in home ware stores. These Snowman serving plates make gorgeous
gifts with a contemporary flair at the fraction of the cost of store bought
designer dishes. I made these snowman plates to give to my sisters and close
friends; they were a big hit! Children also love to get in on the creativity; they
can make personalized gifts for teachers, friends and family. For an extra
special treat, you can load up your festive creations with fresh baked goodies.
You can make these with the kids, they make fabulous gifts to give to the
teachers with treats
My design concept is quite simple; I wanted to combine modern with touch of
classic. I applied a basic copper band onto plain white square plates. I then
applied a modern looking snowman using fine outliners for the design details. I
used Pébéo Porcelaine 150 paints (thermo-hardening paints) because their
colours remain bright and vibrant.
Start by washing the square dishes with soapy water to degrease and prepare
the surface. Rubbing alcohol with a lint free cloth can also be used to prepare
the plates prior to painting them. Using painter’s tape, mask-off the area for the
copper band. Place two strips of tape on the outer edges of the space width
that you want. To create the slightly off center copper band of 8cm wide; I first
measured and then marked placement with a pencil then applied the masking
tape to the plate
Stir and put copper Porcelaine 150 paint into a small paint tray. Apply one coat
of copper Porcelaine 150 between the painter’s tape using a soft paintbrush,
making sure you have full and even coverage. Carefully Remove the masking
tape and clean any paint bleeding with a cotton swab tip. You can use a
hairdryer (for only a few minutes) to dry the band, this will allow you to move
onto the next step faster. It is also especially handy if you have a lot of dishes
Stir and put white Porcelaine 150 paint into a paint tray. If you can draw a stick
man, you can paint a swirl snowman free-hand. For the snowman’s body, dip a
fine-tipped paintbrush tip into white paint, and paint three free hand-hand style
swirl circles. Start with the head circle and then apply the other two body swirl
circles, slightly overlapping each other and leaving some areas exposed. Apply
white dots randomly around the surface of the plate. Allow the white paint to
dry or use a hairdryer.
For the snowman’s fine details were created with Porcelaine fine outliners.
Apply directly from their easy to use fine tipped squeeze tubes. I used gold for
the stick branch arms, charcoal for the hat, and orange for the nose, and red
to make a striped scarf. Simply squeeze, and glide, you don’t need to squeeze
Once all your plates are completed, let them dry and set for at least 24 hours.
Place the plates in a cold oven and then bake according to product directions
(at 300 f / 160 c for 35 minutes). Remove the plates from the oven using oven
mitts, and set aside to cool.
Don’t forget to keep a few snowman plates for yourself. Set the tone for your
holiday parties with embellished plates graced with timeless designs to make
your hors d'oeuvres to desserts look especially scrumptious.
Make a year round set by paint extra dishes with just a plain copper band,
they can then be utilized for dinner parties throughout the year.
Other wonderful hand-painted pieces can easily be created to make as gifts or
deck your halls for the holidays. You can use Porcelaine paints on glasses,
mugs, and vases, along with serving trays, bowls and ornaments! Simple
holiday design details can also be created using stencils, rubber stamps and
sponges. Young children can easily create wonderful keepsakes using
Porcelaine 150 felt tip markers to design their own holiday treat plates or mug
gift for grandparents.
Pébéo Porcelaine 150 paints are thermo-hardening, water-based paints which
are non-toxic and safe to use on food consumption items, also dishwasher-
safe. These can be applied to assorted heat-stable bases items such as
Porcelaine, china, glazed earthenware, terracotta, metal, and copper.
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