Meet Nom Nom and Chomp Chomp they love their veggies and their creator (that's me) loves simple and inexpensive DIY projects that look super fabulous! So I have seen this idea floating around and it's one where I wonder "does it really work?" because it just looks way too good and way too easy to be true.
So after seeing the wonderous Emily Henderson tackle a similar project I had to try because since she used one of my pillows on her HGTV show we are (imaginary) BFF's. And BFF's need shared experiences. I am mostly joking here. But the fact does not ever go unnoticed by me that she pretty much single handedly catapulted my Etsy business a mere two days after opening, I do love her so and completely trust her recommendations. I also might have sent her one too many "OMG thank you. You totally changed my entire life!" emails, oops. (If you have a little extra time to kill you can read about my pillow being on Emily's show here and here).
So, back to the project . . .What did I find after trying this project myself? I found that it is as easy as it looks and it actually turns out pretty well too! It cost me a whole 2 dollars for the plates, add one more dollar to that if you don't already have a sharpie, but I have about 8,000, so it was just two bucks at the dollar store. Just beware that $2.00 can turn to $20.00 real fast at the dollar store. I rarely allow myself to go in because of this fact. This particular trip, these "$2" plates actually cost me fifteen because I couldn't pass up this and that for only a dollar! But as always I don't even remember what this and that was now.
What To Do:
- First make sure the plates/bowls/mugs are porcelain and oven safe. To start I made a sketch of what I wanted to draw and then used a pencil to trace it by sight. Then I went over my drawing with the sharpie. And don't worry if you freehand it like I did, if you make a mistake just use a little rubbing alcohol to "erase." I also made sure I didn't smudge the drawing so I would let it dry for a minute or two as I was drawing. *Please note a regular sharpie was used for this tutorial but you can get sharpie paint pens that are non-toxic, which I would highly recommend using for dishes that will come in contact with food. These pens can be purchased for just a few dollars at any craft store.*
- Then let your plate sit for a half hour (I just made that part up but it seems like a good idea.) Turn your oven on to 350 and "bake your plates" for 30 minutes. Definitely let them cool for awhile before you touch them, they will obviously be hot!
Afterwards I washed them to "test" the durability and get any chemical residue off (that also seemed like a good idea). If you use a soft cloth you are good to go. Use an abrasive sponge and some of the drawing comes off. I don't have a dishwasher so I couldn't test that but based on my abrasive sponge test I am thinking these are something you will want to wash by hand and with care.
In the end it was probably one of the easiest and most satifying DIY's I have done recently. M+L love them, like really love them! I have washed them for every meal and snack in the last couple days and Nom Nom and Chomp Chomp are holding up really well!
* Again, if you are concerned about the toxicity of sharpies or sharpie paint pens being food safe I suggest using this project on the outside of a coffee mug and not placing it on a dish where it will come in contact with food.