This was originally published in November, 2013. PLEASE SEE UPDATE AT BOTTOM OF THIS POST! 🙂
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This is a gift that can be given ANY time of the year…to just about anyone. It is fairly easy to make, and affordable too. (especially after you buy the marker(s)…you can use them for LOTS & LOTS of fun projects) It’s also pretty unique. THE GIVING PLATE!
You will need a plain white plate, a porcelain marker and patience to write out the poem.
You can purchase any type of white plate that is oven safe. I found one at walmart. I honestly can’t remember how much it was, but I think around $2.50 or $3.00. You can order the black porcelain marker HERE. (I also used the peacock blue marker to add a bit of color, but it’s not necessary. That can be ordered HERE.) I’m sure you can find these at your local craft shop.
Once you have your tools, then you have to figure out how you want to write out the poem. There are at least a couple different versions…or you can create your own little saying. If you need inspiration, you can take a look on Pinterest. Type in “giving plate” and see! This is what I did. Sorry it’s not the best picture–and I already gifted it, so I can’t take another.
Basically you write out whatever you want, let it set/dry for 24 hours, then bake according to instructions that are on the marker itself. (Bake at 300* for 35 min.) And FINALLY–fill it with something yummy and get started with the blessings this special plate will bring to others because of the love shared through giving.
I think this would be neat to make personalized “special” plates. Write a name and add a flourish and you have a personalized gift. Happy creating~!
So, apparently the markers I used are not deemed “food safe” even though they are water based. I would hate to steer anyone in the wrong direction. I think these markers would be fine to use on surfaces that do not come in direct contact with food. I have found a source for FOOD SAFE markers. Let me tell you, it seems like there is only one source! I searched…so let me know if you find another website or store that sells FOOD SAFE porcelain pens/markers. Anyway, this link will take you to “Set To Celebrate”, the online store where you can order the porcelain paint markers.
I purchased and used them, however, I am not sure how they will “wear” in the long run. So, I marked my dishes on the back with “Hand Wash”. I am hoping this will prolong the lettering. I liked the pens I bought from Amazon because I feel like they will “wear” better after baking the dish….so I guess time will tell. Here is a picture of another idea for a giving plate….(idea also found on Pinterest!) 🙂