Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Face Plate

Last week I died and went to blog heaven.  I saw this stinking wonderful, funny, precious idea on a bird and a bean.  I have seen these same cute plates (her idea was inspired by) at ecclectic stores, and I've wanted them, but couldn't justify the cost, though I get closer every time I see them (Amazon also sells these cute guys)! 
As soon as I saw this idea, and I could break out of the late night PTA meeting, I did not pass go, I did not collect 200 dollars.  I found three white plates at the Thrift Store (the dollar store also sells white plates, but they were cheaper at the thrift store, go figure!). 
I also grabbed a porcelaine pen at Michael's (you can order these online, the link to these plates (above) provides that info).  You can use these to write on dishes, bake it in and make it permanant.  I can't lie, I'm now determined to go decorate all the dishes in my cabinet, and I'm not sayin' it won't happen. I printed off this blank face picture from Amazon. 
There is apparently a transfer paper you can use, but I did my transfer old school.  I used a pencil on the back to color along the major lines. 
I then placed it where I wanted it along the plate, and went over the lines on the 'right side' with my pencil. 
This presses the pencil marking onto the plate in whatever pattern you draw.
I was surprised at how well this worked on the plate. 
I traced over this with the porcelaine pen. 
The site I snagged this precious idea from even personalized the plates with names.  I can't decide who will be getting these, so....I dried,  baked, and continue to be in love with this idea.  I'm a testament to the fact that parents will always need to say, "Don't play with your food." Mine still would if she thought it would do any good.  It won't. 

13 comments:

Charles and Heidi said...

Genius!!!

erin said...

Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for linking to me! I feel so special. It has totally made my day. I am so glad you loved the idea and that you made them too! Love, Erin

erin said...

oh yeah! And now I want a button that says I was featured on your awesome site (do you have those?) It is the second time anyone linked to me and I feel so honored!! Love your blog.

Lori said...

Brings back memories. I loved playing with the metal faces on that guy.

Ellen said...

I am so doing that for my mother! She will LOVE them and will use them with the grand kids every day!

Kool Crafts and Arts said...

Just fabulous

Erin said...

This is so stinkin' adorable! You are a crafting genius! I can't wait to make these for me, I mean my kids =o)

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Brian and Ella said...

love it!!

the cape on the corner said...

that's fantastic! love it!

Shona Cole said...

this is brilliant! you are an inspired momma :)

Charity said...

great idea! Do you think this could be done with melamie plates for my 2 year old? If so, what kind of pen would you recommend?

Christy said...

@Charity-I'm not sure about that material. This particular markers requires 'baking' so it sets, but you could use a plastic, clear plate, and a permanant marker on the bottom side (just to make sure it's 'safe for eating). That would be my best guest for a little kiddo-proof plate. :O)

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Oh super fun, I bet ER would love this and I'm with you it's a cute idea but the premade plates were too expensive. Where in Michael's did you find that pen, what was it near? And you said you printed out the face from Amazon, was it from the plate product listing? Can you tell I plan to make one...or a set?