Learn How Easy Writing on Plates is…{guest post}


We have a guest tutorial for you today. Abbie will be sharing a tutorial for writing on plates … these would be perfect for any holiday really. I’m thinking I need to make some for Birthdays…

Hey there, folks!

I’m more than a little excited (squeal!) that Jamielyn is having me by for a visit to meet all you lovely I Heart Nap Time (and, boy, do I!) readers!


My name is Abbie from Five days…5 ways and Secondhand or Bare Bottom. That’s right. I run not one but two blogs. Because being a wife, a mama to three children under 6, homeschooling, teaching fitness classes, trying to keep my house reasonably clean, and knocking out a few DIY projects now and then doesn’t keep me busy enough.

Here’s a quick peak at some of the things that I’ve been up to at Five days…5 ways, my primary blog where I write about a different theme for each day of the week (Move-it Monday—fitness, Try-it Tuesday—tutorials, Wardrobe Wednesday—fashion, 5 Things Thursday—a linky party where you can join me in posting a list with pics of 5 items that go with our theme for the week, and Feature Friday— what/whomever I want to feature that day):


I know you’ve been blasted with Christmas crafts for the past month from every corner of the blogosphere, but I’d hardly be worth my blogging salt if I didn’t at least attempt to make a contribution.

So, today, I’m sharing my** Easy DIY Christmas Carol Plates with you (**all credit for the original concept must go to the super-talented Stephanie of Brooklyn Limestone from whom I stole kindly borrowed the idea).

It’s a super-simple but high-impact idea that even those with the blackest of crafty thumbs can pull off with ease and style.

{ Writing on Plates Tutorial }

Here’s what you’ll need:


    • Plates (I got mine for a dollar each at one of the many dollar store options in our area)
    • Porcelaine 150 pens
    • Painter’s tape (pardon my “tape lint”)
    • Holiday-themed stencil (mine is Martha Stewart)

And that’s it. See? Easy-peasy?

You’ll never guess how many steps there are. Check it out:

1. Choose your stencil design and the placement on your plate. Then choose the color of Porcelaine 150 pen you want to use (available online or at Michael’s…use a 40% coupon there, and you’ll save yourself a couple of bucks), and fill in the design (the “bullet-tip” that I used for this process can be a bit touchy, so make sure you treat him nice, or he’ll bleed all over your plate, and you’ll have to wipe up the mess with a paper towel and start over…not that I would know anything about this).


I chose the “ornament” stencil design and the carol, “Joy to the World”—classic and meaningful to me when I consider the wonder of Jesus’s birth and the way His love beautifies my life on a daily basis.

2. Tape off a straight line to use as a guide for your text, and begin freehanding your carol lyrics. I only wrote on the raised portion of the plate, but you could continue writing all the way across if you prefer. Continue moving the tape down the plate as a ruler until you reach the bottom (you might be better at eyeballing “straightness” than I am and could do without the tape, but I tried that and, well, let’s just say that Mr. Paper Towel had to make his second appearance in 5 minutes).


 And…you’re done! Whoa!

A two-step tutorial?!! Suh-weet!

Oh, wait, I almost forgot…

3. The Porcelaine pens are specifically designed to write on dishware, so it’s super-important to follow the baking (yes, baking) directions on the pen to “set” the ink on your plate surface or else the first time you stick it in the dishwasher, all of your hard taping + stenciling + lovely handwriting work will literally be washed down the drain (this didn’t happen to me, thank goodness!).

Okay, so it was a THREE step tutorial. Still, not too bad, if you ask me.

Ready to see the results?

Well, all right then:



A simple, elegant way to display your Christmas spirit.

Oh, and if you want to actually eat off of your plates, I suppose you could do that too (but only after you’ve done the baking process…check, check).

I used this concept to make a 16-piece set that I gave away as part of a big fundraiser I did last month, and I think they’ll work great as the actual dinnerware at a small Christmas party or family gathering:

This also proves that white plates aren’t your only option, which should make you color-enthusiasts out there (yup, I’m a proud card-carrying member of that club…did you see my projects collage??!) happy!

Well, that’s it for me today, folks! But I’d love to you have by either of my blogs for a visit and a chat (we bloggers love us some reader-comments, in case you haven’t heard! : ))

Thanks again, Jamielyn, for having me! You are truly a gracious hostess (and a super-talented blogger)!

P.S. If you’re a blogger, and you like all things Christmas, then be sure to check out a fantastic Christmas linky party I’m hosting with 7 other awesome bloggers!

Check it out!

five days five ways christmas linky party | because every day is different

We’d love it if you’d link up your Christmas-y creativity! And even if you’re not a blogger, be sure to swing by for lots of inspiration and eye-candy!

more by Jamielyn »

Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

Stay up to Date

Subscribe to get new post updates via email.

12 comments on “Learn How Easy Writing on Plates is…{guest post}”

  1. These are absolutely adorable! What an easy way to spruce up something that literally everyone has. One of a kind dishes???? I smell a gift idea! Thank you!

    • Hi readers! I wteand to answer the recurring question, “What is a linky party.” A linky party is a place on a blog that you can share your project and provide a link for people to come and check it out.There are a TON of linky parties out there in blogland and each party is usually consistently on the same day each week or month.For example, every Friday has a “Furniture Friday” linky party where you can share your furniture transformations. OR, every Saturday night, you will find a linky party at . OR, at , you will find a before and after party on the first Monday of every month where you can share your latest creation.These are a few examples, but honestly you will find scads of linky parties out there if you search. It is a great way to strut your stuff.Feel free to share linky parties in the comment section if you would like.

  2. Way awesome! I had the kids make some a few years back but I only immagened in on white plates… im a red-oholic!! So I will be headed out to pick up a serving set this morning! Thanks for sharing your awesomeness (even if it was someone elses brilliance!)

  3. Such a great idea! And it looks super easy! Ill have to find some cheap plates now :)

  4. What an awesome gift! I had no idea you could write on plates- that is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I LOVE this idea! I’m making a lot of presents this year. So, I’m adding it to the list of things to do. Thanks so much!

  6. Margaret Rosenbrook Reply

    These would make the perfect gift for my friends daughter who is getting married this summer. I can do a whole set with their names and wedding info. What a cute idea.

  7. Wow, that is really cool! I need some of those pens asap!

  8. Thanks for sharing. Love this!

  9. This is great! I am fairly new to crafting and have no sewing experience or any special cutters, etc. I am however very familiar with Dollar Tree and would love to try this! I think I might do a Happy Birthday Plate (and of course start Christmas ones for next year). Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  10. Just found your post. Love the idea now I can reuse some of my plain plates for my whimsical blog. I Love\ doing kids corner and fun tablescapes. i am your new follower

  11. I can’t find the pens anywhere! I went to Hobby Lobby and Michael’s and I can’t find them! I don’t know if my local Michael’s is just smaller than most, but I hate to order things online. I’d love to buy it physically so I can have it sooner and not pay shipping, etc. Can anyone tell me exactly where they’re located in the stores or what other stores I might try?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *