Dollar store plates and candleholders decorated with Sharpie
i decided to throw a themed costume party for my 30th birthday since it's a milestone, and really, i think we all need a good excuse to dress up in costumes every once in a while :) i chose to do Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. i found a super cute idea for little treats in the shape of tiny Mad Hatter hats, and needed a cool way to display them. i saw this idea of coloring on Dollar Store plates and coffee mugs on pinterest, and this was what i decided to do to match my theme. (these pics show just plain ole carrot cupcakes since my party is 2 days from now and the treats i'm making aren't made yet!)*** the party has been had, and now you can see the tiny Mad Hatter hats my sister and i made- they were so hard! i've decided i don't really care to mess around with candy melts, hahaha!
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first, wash the plates and candle holders. try to handle them with bare hands as little as possible so you don't transfer oils from your skin to the surfaces.
plan out your design, or just free-hand it onto the plates. i had lots of straight lines, so i used masking tape to get everything even, and to keep the scale for all 3 plates perfect. i placed the tape onto the plates, using small bits of tape in between my lines to make sure the first set of stripes was evenly spaced
after coloring in, i used those pointy-tipped q-tips dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean up any mistakes (coloring outside the lines, dog jumping on couch while i color and making me draw all over half the plate)
now it's time to bake! put the plates directly on the rack in a cold oven- do not preheat! the temperature shock might break the plates. heat the oven up to 425, then bake for 30 minutes. when the timer goes off, just turn the oven off, don't take the plates out until they cool completely- again, because the of the temperature shock.
after baking, i noticed some of the color had faded. it's really hard to get sharpie to go on nice and dark onto a slick, smooth surface, so i washed the plates again, and went over the faded spots with the sharpie and repeated the baking process. they came out perfect! certain designs that you may choose to do may not need this extra baking step, you'll just have to check your plates after the first bake.
next, spray paint the candle holders (i forgot to get a picture of that, sorry. also, i'm not good at spray painting at all so mine kinda look crappy! haha!). i used spray paint because i couldn't think of a good paint to use to cover the whole candle holders. since i don't believe these plates are completely food-safe (as in, for everyday use) i wasn't all that worried since food won't really touch them. if anyone has a good idea on what to use instead that may be safer, i'd be glad to hear from you!
now we glue the candle holders to the plates. as you can see, i did the base to the larger plates first, but i kinda wish i had done the top of the candle holders to the bottom of the plates first so i could see better to line them up (you can tell mine aren't perfectly centered after it's all done) after those dried, i then glued the rest of it together (i figured doing the gluing and drying in stages would keep the plates from sliding around too much from where they were placed- i have kids and they can shake the whole house!)
since gorilla glue expands (i used it because that's what i already had that would glue glass) make sure to use a very thin layer. my candle holders had this sort of lip to them, so i got more glue on the inside and then put a thin layer on the lip so it would keep the expansion beyond the candle holder to a minimum. any stray bits can be cut carefully away with a razor blade maybe, i had such little pieces and it was hard to get in between the plates so i didn't worry about it.
and there you go! a beautiful treat stand to match your decor or party theme! i think it would be cute to do just one large plate and a small plate and use it as a jewelry catch-all on a dresser, or even just one plate on a candle holder base for a treat stand. soooo many possibilities!
p.s. i don't recommend putting this in the dishwasher- this large one is too bulky, anyway, but smaller projects should still be hand-washed to preserve your designs best. also, as i mentioned, i don't think these are totally food safe, so i would not use this idea to decorate dinner plates you would use every day.