Personalize Dollar Store Plates


This is one project that everyone on Pinterest is obsessed with, and I was curious if it really worked as well as everyone says. Well, it does, and it’s one of the cheapest projects out there.When you’re in need of a cheap, easy, thoughtful gift, look no further than your local bargain store. Using only a marker, you can personalize ceramic dishware in just a few quick steps.

At the 99¢ Only Store or Dollar Tree, you can find ceramic plates, bowls, and mugs for literally only a dollar. This amazed me. I never wanted to leave. When choosing a dish, it is better to pick a white or light-colored one so that your design will show up better. However, I am really interested in trying a metallic Sharpie on a dark-colored dish to see how it turns out. The only other item you’ll need is a Sharpie, which you can purchase just about anywhere.


Set your oven to 350 degrees. Using your sharpie, draw whatever you want on your dish or cup. This part took me a while. I had no idea what to do, so I wrote “hello” in a few different languages.

Don’t stress out if you mess up because some water and a sponge should wash away your mistakes. Make sure to scrub your errors right away because they will be much easier to erase if you act quickly. The longer you wait, the harder you will have to scrub.


Once the oven is heated, bake the ceramic dishware for 30 minutes, and let it cool completely. Your design should be set and ready to use. Although the design is permanent, it will probably not last in the dishwasher, so be sure to hand wash it. This part could be kind of hit or miss, so use caution the first time you wash it.

Personalized dishware are perfect for gifts and special occasions, and no one ever has to know how easy it was to make. This is my future backup plan for Christmas gifts. It’d be perfect for a plate of cookies.


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