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To me, fall usually means the start of planning for the holidays. It may be too early for some of you, but they’ll be here before you know it. And with holidays comes entertaining. If you’re playing host this year — but don’t have the budget for new tableware — then this craft is just what you need.

Monogrammed Plate

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ceramic white plates (from the Dollar Store)
  • pencil
  • a Sharpie in your desired color
  • stencil
  • ruler

Here’s how you do it:

1. Measure for the center of the plate using a ruler. Use a stencil, or freehand your letter using a pencil first, then draw over it with a Sharpie.

Draw Letter

2. Fill in your letter to create a calligraphy effect if you aren’t using a stencil. I used this tutorial as a guide.

Fill In Letter

3. Add any other designs you’d like, such as polka dots.

Add Polka Dots

4. Bake your plates in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes to make your designs permanent. Be careful when taking out the plates, and let cool.

Give this project a try, and let us know how it turned out in the comments below.

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15 Responses

  1. pixelecho69 says:

    Good information did not know that thank you so much.

  2. Pam D. says:

    Love the white plate with black lettering. Looks classy.

  3. Lynn says:

    Is it safe to eat off these plates?

  4. Farima@HGTV says:

    Yes, Sharpies are non-toxic, and baking it makes the ink permanent so it doesn't rub off on your food.

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  6. Aerin says:

    Unfortunately, the ink is not dishwasher-proof and may come off with hard scrubbing. Try Sharpie professional markers or a ceramic marker for dishwasher safe options.

  7. Kelly says:

    I think I'm going to let my kids decorate some!

  8. Rhonda says:

    The Sharpie came off in spots when I washed it:(

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  10. Marisa says:

    I think it's a waste of time. Permanent is not suspose to wash off. Isn't that the idea of something being permanent? I did this and it comes off unless you are extremely carefull. So if you just want to display you dish that's awesome but for use it stinks.

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Farima AlaviFarima is an assistant editor for HGTV.com. Aside from her job, she loves fashion, playing with her rambunctious Yorkie, Rosie, and is a self-proclaimed foodie. She lives in a house...

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