May 10

Kids Plates DIY

This post is sponsored by Hidden Valley Ranch.

This genius project is by Alexis Birkmeyer and I love it. These plates would be so great for a kids party or even just for dinnertime. Kids can create scenes from their food before they eat it. My kids loved these plates and it even got my picky eater to eat more vegetables. It makes mealtime just a little more fun. This project is super easy. You can make up your own drawings (they are so simple) or you can download ours below.

Find the full instructions and photos after the jump.

Supplies Needed: Free printable template (download here), an oven-safe plate (we used the medium size of these), a Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Marker, a pair of scissors, a pencil and a ball point pen.
Step 1: Trim the template along the outline so it sits inside the rim of the plate.
Step 2: On the back of the template, color a thick band of graphite over the design with a pencil.
Step 3: Put the template graphite side down on the plate. Trace over the design using a ball point pen. This will transfer the graphite to the plate. When you remove the template, you’ll have a light outline to trace over.
Step 4: Shake your pen to get the paint mixed up, then press the tip down on scrap paper to get it flowing. Trace the graphite lines in continuous strokes. If you mess up, the ink is very easy to wipe off with a damp paper towel or touch up with a q-tip.
Step 5: Once the designs have all been transferred, allow the plates to dry for 24 hours. Then, to permanently set the glaze, bake the plates in a 300° oven for 30 minutes.
Step 6: Serve up with lots of colors and shapes of vegetables. Bon Appetit!

Concept, styling, and photos by Alexis Birkmeyer.



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