Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Fab DIY: What's On Your Plate?

What's on your cake table?
Of course you have heard that you
“have to have” a cake knife and server
on your wedding accessory checklist,
but what about a charming cake plate
that can become a family heirloom.

HIP TIP: It is not always necessary to purchase
your own knife and server…
just ask the caterer or venue if they have a set you can use.

Now that we covered that…consider this…
Why don’t you get your DIY on and design your
own heirloom cake plate?
This is seriously one of the best totally cool touches
I have seen in awhile….and it is easy as pie (or cake!).

How special would it be to eat your first slice of
wedding cake together off of this plate and
then be able to take it home and cherish it...
even enjoy a slice of cake on your first anniversary
or other special occasions too.
(DIY Directions below)

This plate can be customized with a monogram, a special motif…
pretty much anything you want that can be done in silhouette style.
If you want to check out some other samples of this cool DIY,
go to 504 Main - a lifestyle and entertaining destination.

Charming DIY Heirloom Cake Plate
  1. Glass cake plate (you could do it on a bigger plate, but the smaller works better for the cake)
  2. Enamel paint in black (paint for glass...make sure it is opaque)
  3. Paint brush
  4. Enamel spray paint in white (or your choice of color)
  5. Clear acrylic sealer in gloss
  6. Design, such as a monogram, silhouette, motif
  7. Masking tape
  8. Permanent marker with fine tip (Like a Sharpie)
  1. Clean: the back of the glass plate with soap and water, a cleaning solution, or rubbing alcohol to get it really clean.
  2. Design: Search for free clip art, silhouette clip art on the Internet) of just “blow up your monogram/initials in any word processing program to the size you want and print it out. I actually used Microsoft Publisher, made a text box that was 4.5 x 4.5 and typed my “L” into it. Then adjusted font style and size until it fit in the box (and thus on the plate) they way I like it. NOTE: It may be necessary to print “mirror image” so that the letter, etc. is pointing the way you want.
  3. Cut: Trim up the paper to be a size that is easily taped to the plate.
  4. Tape: Using masking tape, affix the image to the front side of the plate, centered or placed however you prefer.
  5. Trace: On the back side of the plate, use a permanent marker (such as a sharpie) to trace the outline of the design.Remove image and tape…it will be easier to see the outline better.
  6. Paint: Begin painting with the black paint, within the outline of the image. Finish painting and leave to dry completely.
  7. Clean: When you know it is all dry, gently clean the back of the plate again to get any smudges, etc. that may have gotten on the plate during the black painting layer.
  8. Prep: Cover a well-ventilated area with newspaper, paper bags, or a drop cloth and set your dry plate on it with the backside (painted side) facing up.
  9. Spray: With even strokes, spray the white paint. You may need to let it dry and spray again.
  10. Let dry completely. DO NOT put the painted side down, stack the plate, etc. until you finish the next step with the will chip!
  11. When dry, again, using protective covering for your work area, spray the back with the acrylic sealer.
  12. Let dry completely...
…and Voila! A charming heirloom cake plate…
A special memento that you can keep and use for years to come.
Yes! You can eat off of this plate...all the paint is on the back.
See the bottom of the post for Tips!
Here are some photos of the process.

Step 6

Step 9

  1. Patience is key. This DIY is not hard if you have patience. If you don't (like me), it is easy to smudge and chip the plate. AGAIN LET EACH LAYER DRY COMPLETELY!
  2. Let each step of the painting process dry thoroughly Seriously, I cannot stress this enough!).
  3. Do not move your plate while spraying the color on the back…until it is dry.
  4. Do not move the plate while spraying the sealer on the plate…until it is dry.
  5. If any paint gets on the rim or front of the plate, it can be removed with a gentle rubbing...I used Goof Off to get off a stubborn area. This should be done after sealing.
  6. Pick your deisgn based on your artistic level. For example, I have a bold hand, so fine details were not in the cards for me, but I have seen one with finer details...AMAZING!
  7. I recommend gently handwashing it.
  8. Check out 504 Main for more DIY photos)
If you try this…Let me know, I’d love to see a photo!
Happy DIYing!

Click here for the link to the original (video) instructions (not made by me or anyone I know from Beverly's Arts and Crafts!)


Mindy said...

Stopping in from the Friday Follow! I am now following both of your blogs... thanks for the follow as well! Have a great weekend!

Audrey said...

Great blog! Where were you 21 years ago? LOL
Following you back from Friday Follow!

sheila said...

Beautiful idea! And fairly simple!
I'm following you now.

Posh Baby Couture said...

I'm a crazy crafter! I luv this idea what a wonderful gift to give the bride and groom...

I'm following you now via the frida follow :)


Young Wife said...

What a great idea! We actually used our parents' cake server. It saves a bit of money not buying them. Stopping by from SITS.

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

I love this! I will have to try it.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Audrey on this one! Where were you when I was getting married. Oh I'm almost tempted to re-marry just to have another wedding your way. LOL.

Cinde said...

Thanks for the Friday follow... I follow you now too! :)

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