DIY tutorial: decorative vintage plates

It’s a welcome change that in recent years more of us have begun to see the value in re-using and recycling. But I like to see the old and the new mixed up; to modify vintage pieces for our modern world.

So in this DIY tutorial, I’ve added bold type letters to charity shop china ~ these three pretty plates were just £1.50.

This project has already been kindly shared on Florence Finds {blogger Rebecca doesn’t normally post DIYs but she said these “looked like something straight out of Living etc” ~ big smile!} and Chloe from Adore chose it as one of her favourite DIYs.

1. Start by creating a stencil for your letters by printing your text onto thick paper or card. The font I used was Bodoni MT in 400 point, but the size of your letters will depend on the size of your plates. My plates were 16cms in diameter which meant the letters were 7cm high. Cut out the text with scissors and a craft knife.

2. Position your stencil in the right place on your plate and draw round it using a ballpoint pen.

3. Go over the line with a fine point Sharpie permanent market {it helps to use a ruler for the straight edges} and fill in.

4. Let the first coat dry overnight, then you might want to do a second coat to get a dense, even finish.

Please let me know if you do your own version of this project!

Note: It gets a bit pongy {not to mention toxic} so make sure you do this project in a well-ventilated area, and once done these plates are just for decoration, not eating from.

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19 Thoughts on “DIY tutorial: decorative vintage plates

  1. Love, love, love this! I just might be brave enough to try this myself!

  2. How did you attach them to the wall?

    • Hi Katherine – you can get proper plate hanging stickers but I used a generous lump of good old blu- (or rather white-) tack, and they’ve stayed put for several months now.

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  7. teresa on January 9, 2014 at 9:37 pm said:

    I found out by experience …Wipe the object off with rubbing alcohol,paint object,put the object in a cold oven,and set the oven to 450 degrees let the object increase temperature with the oven bake for 1 hour turn oven off and let cool down with the oven 24hrs or overnight then remove from can even use a dishwasher item and the color doesn’t fade

  8. Hi Anna – I came across your plates and tutorial link on Pinterest and thought it was great so have added a link to your tutorial on my blog Thanks for that!

  9. Hello Anna, such a good idea, and the tutorial is so well done.

    Thanks :)

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  11. Thanks I have too many plates sitting around this looks fun!

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