For years I have wanted Christmas dishes. For years I have looked for them – but I have never found anything that I truly loved.
I need to love these Christmas dishes because what I really wanted was for them to become part of our family tradition. Using them every Christmas day, with our over the top Christmas Breakfast. I never saw any that felt special enough for me.
Just a few weeks ago while looking at more Christmas dishes, I asked myself what would make them special enough for me. They needed to hold some sort of meaning – buying brand new ones did not fill that need.
Then I thought about my kids. They are the perfect “Christmas” age. They LOVE Christmas and are so dang excited counting down the days. Their excitement fills our home. And I am finding myself trying to hang on to these moments as best as I possibly can.
So I asked my 7-year-old if he would make my Christmas dishes. He loves to draw, and I love his creations. He said YES. I could not possibly be happier with the end results!
I love, love, LOVE how imperfect they are. They truly represent a 7-year-old. They are from the tiny hands of my sweet son. I will honestly treasure them for the rest of my life. Absolutely nothing bought from a store could EVER replace these dinner plates.
Imagine the applications for this. Maybe you do not have children – but what if your grandparent who love to draw made these for you? SO very special!
It was so easy to make (well for me, I didn’t do any of the drawings) ha!
All you need are ceramic / porcelain dishware and sharpie markers.
How to make your own DIY Christmas Dishes:
Find your dishes and markers. I used plates from Target that had a little extra detail around the edge. Many people use plates from the dollar. I used permanent sharpie markers. I used a 60% off coupon at Michaels to grab this pack!
Wash your plates. I removed the sticker from the back of the plate and then ran them through the dishwasher on a regular cleaning cycle – Make sure the dishes are completely dry before moving on to the next step.
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DRAW! My son used the Youtube Channel ART KIDS HUB (They are AMAZING) to learn how to draw his images. Before drawing on the plates, he did a practice run on some printer paper. 🙂
Once you are done drawing and coloring in your images:
- Put them into a cold oven.
- Bring the temperature up to 350 degrees
- Bake them for 35 minutes
- After 35 minutes turn the oven off, and let them completely cool down in the oven. (I left mine overnight – just because I forgot to take them out once they cooled down)
This is entirely optional, but I am using a clear coat spray to give the plates extra protection. I am using this one, also found at Michales.
Note- I honestly love these plates so much, and they already hold such a special meaning for me I doubt I will actually let them eat their pancakes directly on them. I will set the table with them, but probably switch them out when we start eating.
I can also see myself putting a small square of parchment paper on them and stacking Christmas cookies, donuts, and other special Christmas Morning treats on top!
Show them off! 🙂
It really is that simple and straightforward.