I’m a sucker for a monogram. On a bag, on a pillow…honestly, throw a few letters on something and I love it! With this in mind, I wanted to make a special hostess gift for a friend and decided to give the whole DIY Sharpie plate a go.
The supplies you’ll need are fairly simple. White ceramic plates, Sharpies, some font inspiration, and an oven.
I started by scrolling through my collection of various fonts (mostly free downloads) on Pinterest. I have collected a ton over time so it was easy to get inspiration quickly. I could have downloaded a font and used Microsoft word to create one to copy, but I’m lazy and just put together a couple of font ideas and went for it.
Psss…spot my “german wedding” search at the top? I’m trying to plan a simple vow renewal during a trip to Germany we’re taking next year. If you know anything about planning a wedding in Germany, hit me up with your intel! But I digress…
The great thing about drawing with Sharpies in this initial stage is that any mistakes can be wiped away with a wet cloth. It took me a few goes to get the look I was going for, but it wasn’t long before I figured something out.
Then it’s time to bake those suckers. 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes should do it. Take them out…and here’s where it gets important…let them cool completely before you touch them. The ink is not fully “cured” to the plate until it’s entirely cooled, so don’t skip this step or else you run the risk of smudging all of your hard work. Trust me on this one…I learned the hard way.
I made sets of 4 for a few of my friends as hostess gifts. Again, you could probably stream line these by creating a template, but I really liked the handmade feel free drawing the monograms gave me—all similar, but no two alike. Here’s another one I made for a friend as well.
Since I already had the Sharpies, these plates cost me $4 per set—a $1 a piece at the dollar store. They’re perfect as hostess gifts, or if you’re like me, for-my-awesome-self gifts. And these can be modified a million ways; cutest kid gifts for grandparents, cookie plate for Santa, with a bowl you could make pet dishes…see, endless!