Christmas decorative plates DIY6:39 AM
In the meantime, Ishita and I needed another project to keep ourselves busy. I tapped into my "idea tank" and fished out a project I have been meaning to do for a couple of years.
You see, comes Christmas and the market here in India is flooded with either cheap and tacky decorations, or really nice ones that are way way overpriced. There is an emerging middle ground as of now, but not for everything.
A couple of years back I saw a whole bunch of Christmas themed plates for sale in a home decorating store and I always thought I should make my own one day.
The plates in the picture above pretty much looked like this before I got started on them:
The type of plate that always made me think of a camping trip and only really use as baking trays nowadays (don't judge).
This type of plate is super easy to find in India, and super affordable too. I just headed to my local D'Mart and bought two new ones last weekend (the one in the picture above is one of my "baking trays".
If you can't find a steel plate or tray, I am sure you can do it with a ceramic plate or even a plastic one.
The first need you will need to do with your plate is spray paint them in a well ventilated area (seriously spray paint fumes are nasty). For this project I used "Silver Red" paint from the brand Bosny, which I luckily found at my local arts and craft supply shop but can be bought on Amazon as well.
I sprayed two layers on the inside, and the outside of the plate and allowed a whole day for them to dry properly.
Once completely dry and oh so glossy, I first used one as a prop for my Advent Calendar paper cone gift wrap post.
Then, I handed one over to Ishita and kept the other to myself. We took some of my acrylic paint out, along with my beloved 3D liner glitter glue (because it's me and Christmas is pretty much the peak of glitter glue season!).
Ishita painted the Christmas tree plate in the picture above, all by herself might I add. It now resides as a centrepiece on our coffee table.
As for myself, I painted a snowflake plate:
I think at the most, these two plates above can hold a few cookies, or serve as a tray to display snack bowls. In any case, I would not want food grease and dish soap to destroy my art work.
This could be the perfect way to make lasting family memories with your kids, letting them each paint a Holiday plate and then display it year after years as soon as December comes around. If you have enough space, you could even make it a family tradition to paint a plate a year and display them all around your home.
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