Fun Kids Craft: DIY Sharpie Plates

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While we were on spring break last week I kept Kora & Logan busy with arts & crafts. We had lots of fun making a Spring Rag Wreath which turned out beautifully. We tried our hand at embroidery floss and starch Easter eggs but I didn’t buy the right kind of starch so they were a flop. Our final project of the break was Sharpie Kids Plates. They were lots of fun and so easy that we can’t wait to make them again.
Kids Craft Sharpie Plates Here’s how we did it:

I went to the local dollar store and bought a pile of plain white plates for $1 each. Then I collected our Sharpies from around the house and then told Kora & Logan to have at it.

They were amazed that I was going to let them draw on plates and didn’t believe me at first. Their reactions were funny and I wish I had captured them on video! Once they realized I was serious they got into the fun of it all and started drawing and coloring away.

They both went with an Easter theme and had fun making bunnies, chicks, Easter eggs and more.

Sharpie Plates

Sharpie Plates Craft For Kids

Sharpie Plates Kids Craft

Kids Craft DIY Sharpie Plates The plates turned out really cute!

Kids Craft Easter Sharpie Plates

Kids Crafts DIY Sharpie Plates While they were coloring I preheated the oven to 350. Once they were done, I popped the plates into the oven for 30 minutes to set the colors.

Sharpie Plates In The Oven After they were done cooking we were surprised to see the yellow had turned orange! Other than that all of the colors stayed true and I know I’m a bit biased but I think the plates turned out wonderfully. Kora and Logan are so proud of them and were very happy with how they turned out.

DIY Kids Sharpie Plates This was a fantastic and fun project and one that was so simple and affordable that we’ll be doing it again soon. I can’t wait to give it a try myself next time. I’d love to pick up a few stencils from the local craft stores and see what type of fancy designs I could make. I’ll be sure to share a post with pictures once I do so.

Kora & Logan had such a fantastic time with this and they turned out so well that we all agreed we should draw on our plates again and give them away as keepsake gifts. So if you’re a relative reading this, remember to act surprised when you open up a pretty plate designed by Kora & Logan for your birthday or other upcoming holiday!

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  1. This a great ideal. I’m getting my granddaughters this weekend I am going to make them with them. Are they dishwasher save and can you eat off them after their baked?
    Thank you

  2. LOVE this! I’m hosting a Sharpie crafts link party on my blog this week, and I’d love it if you wanted to link up! Favorites will be featured in a compilation post next week, & we’re giving away a $50 Target GC and Sharpie prize pack!

  3. What kind of plates- plastic or ceramic?

  4. have you used these plates after creating them? did the color hold up or come off? what about dishwashing them?

  5. Looks so cute! Great idea!

  6. ellen beck says:

    Such a cute and fun thing to do! The plates would be great as grandparents giftss loadeed with cookies!

  7. Jennifer Marie says:

    those are so cute! I should try this with my sons!

  8. I wish too you had captured on video their expressions of disbelief when you revealed the project!

  9. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Cute Craft Project!

  10. saminder gumer says:

    this is a great art project for the weekend. it is pretty cost effective and it looks like your kids enjoyed it. i will try it out and see if the kids get as excited.

  11. kids have so much fun with art!

  12. Tammy S says:

    What a great idea! This would be a perfect party idea. Next time my daughter has a birthday or other holiday party I am doing this for sure. At $1 a piece, that is way cheaper then any party gift I have ever done. Love this!!

  13. Jessie C. says:

    This is such a brilliant idea using sharpie in white plate for craft project, thanks so much for sharing it.

  14. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    Those are adorable. I had no idea you could do that. Are they plastic plates?

  15. Christina Z says:

    This is Fabulous! Something fun and does not cost alot I am going to dollar store today and getting plates for my daughter to do this. Thank you for sharing.

  16. I really like the way these came out and I think my kids would enjoy this project.

  17. Fantastic project! Thanks so much for the idea! I’m going to do this with my kids.

  18. Maralea says:

    Love these! What a neat project!

  19. Does putting them in the oven make them safe to eat off of? Are they dishwasher safe? My family would love doing this. And I love the idea of personalized gifts too. Great for grandparents!

    • Yes, I’d also like to know if safe to eat from. :)

      Also, did you any type of sharpie, or certain types? Thanks :)

  20. Too cute! My kids saw this as I was looking at it and totally want to do it now! LOL!

    I’m sorry your floss eggs didn’t turn out :-( We made them last week and I just used 1 Tbsp cornstarch, 1 cup water and 1/2 cup flour and shook it all up together to dip the floss in and they turned out great if you wanted to try that way? (Maybe next year?) :-)

    I hope you had a wonderful Easter! :-)

  21. Gah, love this! Reminds me of the plate I made in Kindergarten. I’m going to try this with Evan.

  22. What a great idea!! I’m going to try this with the kids and see how creative we can get!

  23. This is such a cute craft! We’re on our last day of Spring Break and I think we’re going to have to do this! I know my boys will love it! Thanks for the fabulous idea.

  24. This is a great idea. My Girl Scout troop did this and we still have plates that were made in 2008 for the Easter and Mother’s Day–great memories and lots of fun!! I need to pin it so I don’t forget it!! thanks!!

  25. What a fun & creative idea! They would make great gifts!

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