Father’s Day is coming up and I will completely admit to dropping the ball the past 2 years. I think I got my husband a gift card last year and some socks the year before. Do I collect my “World’s Worst Wife” trophy now? I really wanted to make him something fun and personal, but Pinterest had crafts that were a little out of my league. One of my friends shared this idea on Facebook and I knew it was perfect! This plate is not my original idea, but I cannot find where it originated. If you know where it comes from, please let me know so I can give full credit to whoever thought up this great craft.
I love this craft so much! It was a little time consuming, and pretty scary using permanent paint with my toddler- but the end result was totally worth it! I had used this paint before to make cute custom coffee mugs, but had never used on a plate before. I’m wouldn’t eat off this plate, it’s meant to be a utensil rest when my husband grills.
All you need for this is one bottle of orange gloss enamel paint, one bottle of yellow gloss enamel paint, a black marker that is meant for glass/ceramics and a plate. I had all the paint at home and found this plate on sale at Target for about $2.
I started with the orange paint for the lion’s mane, and layered yellow over it. I found it was easiest to paint right onto my daughter’s hand and then guide her hand onto the plate. Placing the heel of her hand in the middle of the plate (fingers pointing toward the edges of the plate) we s
Placing the heel of her hand in the middle of the plate (fingers pointing toward the edges of the plate) we stamped her hand around about 4-5 times. The palm of her hand will be the lion’s head and her fingers will be the mane.
Next we immediately washed her hands, this paint stains! Wash your kids hands while it is still wet and it will come off easily. I didn’t wash my hands I still have paint all over them!
After this, I painted her hands with the yellow paint and we stamped her hands on the paint again. The heel of her hand went in the middle of the plate with her fingers pointing toward the edges of the plate.
I layered the yellow on top while the orange paint was still wet so the colors mixed together a bit. I really like how it looks, but you can wait for the orange layer to dry before starting with the yellow paint. I had quite a bit of smudging and splatters on my plate. I wiped off a few of the splatters, but left a lot of the smudges. Life with our daughter can be really messy and I love that this plate reflects this! It isn’t “Pinterest Perfect” but I feel like the smudges really represent our family in a way.
If you want to clean up any splatters or smudges you can either wipe it immediately with a paper towel or just use some rubbing alcohol on a q-tip. Very easy!
The next step was the hardest for me! I am left handed, so writing with a paint pen on this plate was not easy. It’s not my best handwriting, but it is legible. I love using these paint pens, they glide on just like a pen would. Again, if you are using one and you make a mistake just take some rubbing alcohol and a q-tip to erase your mistake and try again.
For the final step, make sure your paint is dry! I let my plate dry for about 8 hours before I drew my lion’s face on. We went pretty heavy on the paint so it took awhile to really dry and I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t run when I used my paint pen. Draw a lion face on and your are done!
So cute, right? It’s not fine art, but it is heartfelt and pretty darn adorable! I also put a personal message on the back with the date. Now the very last part is the easiest, you just need to put the plate in the oven so the paint will become permanent. I placed my plate in a cold oven and then turned it up to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and let it cook for about 30 minutes. Once the 30 minutes was done I opened the oven door and let it cool all the way before taking this out.
This project was a little stressful just because my daughter is so young, but she is so excited to give this to my husband for Father’s Day this year!