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To embellish plates or cups for a wall or the knickknack shelf, there are many ways to paint or glue all kinds of things, to create a scene or pattern. This is a page about decorating dishes.


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September 3, 2010

Spray paint decorative dishes to have a matched set for your hanging wall decor.

By Ron from Cortez, CO

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Here is a simple technique that one can use to decorate porcelain ware. This decorated porcelain bowl would make a nice present for someone special.

Approximate Time: 2 hours



  1. Ensure that the bowl is washed clean with dishwashing liquid. Then, use the dry cloth to dry the porcelain bowl thoroughly.

  2. With the Pilot drawing pen, draw a design onto the porcelain bowl. I chose to commemorate Africa's natural beauty, hence I used animal tracks as my inspiration. Of course, any other design and matching paint color will do.

  3. Carefully paint each design with the ceramic paint.

  4. Draw a freehand design on the bottom of the bowl to highlight the bottom edge.

  5. Dip the sponge into the black paint. Remove excess paint from the sponge by dabbing it on the sheet of newspaper. Then do the sponging in the inside of the bowl.

  6. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours.

  7. Bake the bowl for 40 minutes at 150° Celsius (302° Fahrenheit).

  8. Allow the oven to cool down before removing the bowl.

Note: Not dishwasher proof. Do not use strong detergents and wash with cold water.

By Benetta from Pretoria, Gauteng

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November 23, 2005

A good idea for a Christmas craft for kids to do is to make a picture and then buy a clear plate. I found some at a craft store for around 1.00 each.

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February 5, 2005

My daughter is wanting to decorate melamine plates for Passover to send to Jewish troops overseas. Any idea what kind of paints or markers that could be used? Mary Weiss


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February 6, 20050 found this helpful

I don't think you want anything that sticks to melamine near your food. I can see why you don't want to send glass or ceramic, but I don't have a solution.

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February 6, 20050 found this helpful

Go to your local paint/hobby store and ask them which paints would work, both for food safety and also for ability to be painted on the melamine. The really important thing to remember is that you need to prepare the melamine BEFORE painting so that the paint will adhere to the smooth surface or your picture will literally fall off. On smooth surfaces I spray a clear matte finish but it gives a cloudy/foggy effect to the piece which I don't mind. But there are glass paints out there, ones which can be applied to glass or plexiglass, that will give the effect of a stained glass picture, without glass and leading being used.


You can find some really simple pictures or symbols on the internet that would lend themselves to being used on plates. Just a simple picture in the center of the plate. But check for durability and toxicisity (? spelling?) (you know what I mean) of the paints first.

DecoArt makes a paint that I really like. Patio Paints are fade resistant, weatherproof, NON-TOXIC, self sealing (no varnish needed overtop of them after) and easy to use. They come in 2 oz. containers. You would have to etch the surface of the plate so that the Patio Paint would adhere to the surface. Enquire in your area whether you can purchase them.

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By Violets (Guest Post)
October 15, 20050 found this helpful

I stumbled across this while looking for product reviews...I thought I'd mention you can order kits from Amazon or find them at your local craft store, you get the paper pattern which you send away and the company will reproduce it onto a melamine plate.


As far as I can find its safe.

They also have plastic ware with a "pocket" you can slip designs into.

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By DEB (Guest Post)
April 15, 20070 found this helpful


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By Paul Gray (Guest Post)
June 18, 20070 found this helpful

My kids painted plates 10 years ago and they have been in the dishwasher nearly every day since. They are still as bright and fresh as when they were new!

The local school or playgroup organised it. They used normal crayons on special paper on which they drew their creative pictures. These were then sent off to the plate manufacture who baked them or whatever into the surface.


A wonderful momento of kids art talents.

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By Jean Huggins (Guest Post)
November 21, 20080 found this helpful

I am also looking for the "kits" or info on purchasing the melamine plate kits that kids decorate themselves. My two grown sons did them in school years ago and they are my most treasured "china" and now I have a young daughter who I'd like to make one so I can have a complete set. I tried with no luck. I am on my way to A.C. Moore but I'd appreciate any suggestions, in case they don't have the kits. Thanks!

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By Lil (Guest Post)
November 24, 20080 found this helpful

You can order your kit at or call 800-248-9443. They have a catalog.

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By Tracy (Guest Post)
December 7, 20080 found this helpful

Can you just use permanent markers to decorate these plates?

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January 21, 2013

Where can I buy glass craft plates?

By Patricia


January 21, 20130 found this helpful

Have you checked in craft stores like Michael's and Hobby Lobby. Several years ago I found them at WalMart, but that was back in the mid-nineties. You could also check in thrift stores.

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January 28, 20130 found this helpful

Local dollars store should have all kinds and inexpensive too.

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January 28, 20130 found this helpful

Good tips. You can also find inexpensive frames at thrift shops and use the glass. If you don't need the frame, why not donate it back or embellish them and sell them?

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April 10, 2017

Using watered down glue and pretty pieces of fabric you can make these lovely plates to give as gifts or decorate you own home. This is a page about fabric covered decorative glass plates.

Fabric Covered Decorative Glass Plate

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