I’ve always thought the idea of painting plates was so fun but I was never sure about actually eating off them after – y’know with all the toxins we hear about, even if the paint is meant to be food safe. Recently I spotted these clear glass plates at Ikea and I thought why not paint the underside? At less than £1 a plate (don’t you just love Ikea?), I thought it was so worth a go.
The size of these plates are perfect for dessert so I decided to make some paint splatter dessert plates. It’s super easy to do and you end up with elegant and fun plates for cakes and treats. I went for black and white as my colour scheme but of course you can go as colourful as you wish. It was so fun splattering paint with no rules whatsoever. Just flick and see what you end up with. Here are all the details on how to make these painted plates that you can eat off happily and safely!
Clear glass plates
Black and white glass paint
Slim paint brush
(materials linked to at the end of the post)
Start by washing your plates in warm, soapy water and dry them completely. When you’re ready to paint grab loads of newspaper because the paint does splatter everywhere! If you can, it’s best to work outside.
Once you’re ready, simply dip your brush in to the glass paint, lift your arm up above your head and flick down hard. The closer you stand to the plate, the thicker your splats will be. For smaller speckles, stand further away. And to fill in any gaps when you’ve done most of the painting, stand close and tap the brush gently over the plate. This creates small speckles to fill in any places where you need a bit more paint. I did a combo of both as I like the big splatters along with the small speckles. Move around the plate to make sure your paint flicks cover the entire plate.
The paint splattering is really easy and fun as as there are no rules. But if you want, you can try on plain paper first. Once you flick the paint a couple of times, you’ll get a sense of how it works and the effects you can create.
Allow your plates to dry completely and bake them according to the instructions on the paint.
I really enjoyed making these plates – much more than I thought I would. I’m guessing it’s because of the freeform art. I enjoyed it so much that I made a set of 6 and I can’t wait to use them when I next have cake! And I especially love that these are painted plates that you can eat off safely – no worries at all!
Do you think you’ll give these DIY painted plates a go? What colours will you choose?
In case you’re wondering what paints and plates I used, here are the details:
UK readers can find the glass paints here: white glass paint and black glass paint
US readers can find them here: white glass paint and black glass paint
Ikea plates are called oppen.