I’m really excited to share this DIY with you today. As we went through the renovation process, 95% of the things I chose (paint colors, rugs, furniture, etc.) were white or neutral. I did this intentionally because I knew that if I created a cozy, textured neutral space, then I could go absolutely CRAZY with color in the final stages (accessories and details) and it wouldn’t be bananas. And I’m so happy I did because now I am going to FULLY enjoy this colorful season. Starting with this DIY!
I always ooh and aww over the pretty plate sets at Anthropologie. They’re so colorful and fancy and I just adore them. And one thing I’ve been wanting to do since high school (yes, high school!) is design my own dishes. I have so many too many designs I want to try, so I figured I’d just start here with this fun poppy floral mix with simple black and white geometric pattern.
You can TOTALLY make these exact same dishes (it’s easy!) or you can tweak them to your own taste. But either way, I demand that you share them with us on Instagram. Use #ABMcrafty to show off your pretty projects!
-food-safe markers (I used these)
-food-safe ceramic dishes to decorate
For this set, I did two different types of dishes: colorful and simple. Then I layered them both together for a fun look. For the colorful poppy flower design, see 1, 3 and 4. The paint pens work best when creating lots of small lines to fill in a space, rather than trying to fill it perfectly. If you need more than one layer of paint for more coverage, you will have to bake it between layers or else the second layer of paint will rub the first one off. (I did two layers on my mugs below, so the lines were super dark!) 2. Try some super simple patterns with just black marker. I like these messy dashes and grid patterns. Other fun patterns to try would be messy dots, scribbles, cactus pattern (I ALMOST did that instead of flowers) or cursive words with your favorite song lyrics!
When it comes time to bake, heat your oven to 375 degrees and bake for 45 minutes. Allow them to completely cool before handling or painting more (ouch!).
I went ahead and made four place settings for a double date dinner party. Here are my new plate sets!
Oh! I made a mug set too, just for fun! I’m telling you…this is addictive. Also—isn’t my husband adorable posing with me? (LOVE YOU, J!) Oh- PS! My shirt is by Shop Mallory (my former intern- her fall collection is a-mazing!)
Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to see what you guys make. Please tag #ABMcrafty so we can see, and we’ll be sure to repost our favorite projects on Insta! xo- Elsie
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson (and last photo by Laura Gummerman). Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.