I Actually Tried Something on Pinterest, and It Worked

I’m certainly not the crafty type. I have the best of intentions, but I sometimes skip ingredients that I *think* are unnecessary. I’m impatient and I tend to just plain old screw things up.

When I saw this craft idea on Pinterest, I figured what the heck? It’s a cheap craft, and if it doesn’t work, I’m really not out a lot of time or money. Plus, sharpie markers on a plate? EASY PEASY. How hard could it really be?

Well, I’m going to give you MY experience with this craft, and you can see if there any modifications you can make for yourself.

Here goes…

What You Will Need:

Any color of plate you would like-- obviously WHITE is easier.   We bought two plates at the Dollar Tree - Cost: $2.00

Any color of plate you would like– obviously WHITE is easier. We bought two plates at the Dollar Tree – Cost: $2.00

Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol - Cost: $1.99

Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol – Cost: $1.99

BIC permanent markers.   (I've heard these work better than Sharpies.)  Cost: $4.00

BIC permanent markers. (I’ve heard these work better than Sharpies.) Cost: $4.00

Rubber gloves - Nothing fancy.  I already these laying around the house, so Cost: $0.00

Rubber gloves – Nothing fancy. I already these laying around the house, so Cost: $0.00

Once you have all of this assembled, let’s get started!

Step 1. Make sure the dishes or mugs you are using are completely clean. Put on the rubber gloves, and use the rubbing alcohol to clean off the items. This is to insure that all of the oil from your skin is gone from the dishes/mugs, so the markers work better.

Step 2. I took a paper towel and dried off the plates and mugs, just to make sure they were really dry.

Step 3. Decorate your items with the BIC markers. Be creative!!

Step 4. WAIT 24 HOURS.

Step 5. Place the items directly on the center oven rack. DO NOT PREHEAT THE OVEN!

Step 6. Once your items are safely in the oven, close the oven door and turn your oven on to 425 degrees.

Step 7. AGAIN, DO NOT PREHEAT THE OVEN. Immediately set your timer for 30 minutes.

Step 8. When the timer goes off, shut the oven off.

Step 9. AFTER THE OVEN IS COMPLETELY COOLED OFF, remove the items from the oven.

Step 10. Enjoy the feeling of doing a craft that actually works. Smile

The most important part of this to remember is that the plates or mugs cannot be exposed to extreme changes in heat or cooling. This is why you put them in a cool oven and then turn it on. The dish heats up as the oven does, and cools as the oven does. Any change to that process and the items could break.

The end result?

mosaic plate

This is actually a plate I made. (You can even see my name on it in the bottom left corner.) While the red and black seemed to keep true to their original color, many of the other colors faded. If this was a more simple design, I would go over the faded section again with marker and take it through the baking process again. But since it’s such a busy design, I kinda like it this way.

If you decide to give this a try, I’d love to hear how yours turned out!

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