DIY Sharpie Plate

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This tutorial was inspired by the sharpie mug DIY’s on Pinterest.

This is a pretty simple DIY.

All you need is any plate, bowl or mug, a sharpie, and an oven.

I bought 4 cheap plates, two little plates, and two bigger dinner plates.

 I started on the little ones first, and freehand little polka dots around the edge. I chose the edges because when I read reviews of this DIY, other people had problems with it washing off. Therefore, if you just do it around the edges, not where the food goes, you should have too much trouble. Just lightly wash the edges where the sharpie is.

Next, I started on the bigger plates, which I wanted to do bigger polka dots. I am no professional polka dot drawer, and after searching for something to draw a perfect circle, I realised the end of a ruler normally has a circle end. I used two sticky notes for spacing … nothing too technical!

Finally, after all of the decorating, the plates are ready for the oven. Let the oven preheat to 350°F, then place the plates in the oven, and set a timer for 30 minutes. Be careful when you take them out because they are very hot! Also don’t forget about them!

I tried this out with a gold sharpie on two mugs, and I forgot about them and it not only made the gold sharpie turn a strange colour, but the white mugs turned a golden colour!

Tried out my new plate by having St. Patrick’s Day inspired shamrock pancakes!

If you have any questions or comments, please write in the comment section, or email me.



  1. ilandgirl2013
    November 13, 2013 /

    Does the writing wash off once the plate has been baked?

  2. Emma Courtney
    November 13, 2013 /

    It does not wash off unless you really scrub it hard – if you use the plate every day, it will eventually show some scratches on it though.

  3. Anonymous
    December 12, 2013 /

    What is the plate made out of? Plastic? Stoneware?

  4. Emma Courtney
    December 12, 2013 /

    The plate is not plastic, it is stoneware! This DIY does not work with plastic plates, it only works with ceramic and stoneware type plates/mugs. I hope this helps!

  5. Unknown
    October 27, 2016 /

    Have you put these plates in the dishwasher? If so, did it damage your artwork? I haven't been able to find Christmas dishes I like and I'm thinking of creating my own, but I would want them to be both microwave and dishwasher safe as they'll be used everyday for a month or so. Thanks!

  6. Emma Courtney
    October 27, 2016 /

    I would recommend hand washing only, as over time the design will come off. I used mine in the microwave and it was fine. I would recommend you try it on one cheap plate and see how it goes before you make more!

  7. Unknown
    November 11, 2016 /

    hi, do you turn the oven off once placing plates to bake or do you keep oven on.

  8. Emma Courtney
    November 11, 2016 /

    Keep the oven on! Hope your project turns out great!

  9. Anonymous
    December 1, 2016 /

    Can you use the micro wave instead of the oven?

  10. Emma Courtney
    December 1, 2016 /

    Unfortunately I have not tried this, so I can not verify whether or not this would work! I'm sorry! Good luck 🙂

  11. mel19
    December 9, 2016 /

    once its in the oven and after a while with washes can you re-tuch it up and place it in the oven again, or if i start with a design place it in the over but then want to add to it if i place it back in the oven will the old design smudge or run??

  12. Emma Courtney
    December 9, 2016 /

    I'm not 100% sure, I don't think it will smudge. But if you want to add another design, I would put it back in the oven after for the design to become permanent! Sorry I couldn't be more helpful! Good luck!

  13. Unknown
    October 10, 2018 /

    Excellent project! More diy ideas can be found here:

  14. Unknown
    March 13, 2019 /

    Have you tried colored Sharpie's and had it work. I did see your post about over cooking the gold one. Thank you. Ami

  15. Tori Hardin
    November 8, 2019 /

    What kind of Sharpie did you use?

  16. CatLanz
    December 23, 2019 /

    i have tried this, do you need oil sharpies? the oven worked okay and the colors didn't change, but the dishwasher took off the red writing

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    April 4, 2020 /

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    June 1, 2020 /

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    June 12, 2020 /

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