I have been wanting glitter plates for years. Have I been able to find them? No.
Glitter toilet seat? Yes. Glitter spoons? Yes. Glitter plates? No.
So I made my own. And they are awesome.
Dinner time is looking like a night at the disco. Thank you Martha Stewart paints!
Martha Stewart Multi Surface Craft Paint is safe to use on glass. It's non-toxic, and and after curing for 21 days, it is safe to use in the dishwasher.
DID YOU HEAR THAT? THE DISHWASHER.
*Note, I am jumping the gun a little here because I'm posting these only a few days after painting. In a month I'll write a follow up to tell you how they hold up in the dishwasher, but in the meantime, I can tell you I painted them Saturday morning, ate on them Sunday night, and washed them in the sink Monday morning. So far, so good.
The best part of it is I have a whole new set of holiday china for under $10. Where can you beat that?
*$6.00 for six glass plates (most any dollar store or thrift store will sell these)
*$3.00 one 2oz bottle of Martha Stewart Multi Surface Glitter Acrylic Paint ($2.99 at Michael's) PS: It comes in a crazy variety of colors. I used the coarse glitter in Florentine Gold, but I might go back and do some candle votives with the fine glitter in lime green.Woot!
Clean and dry the plate really well. Paint the back of the plate. Let it dry an hour and paint it again. Let it dry 24 hours before you eat on it.
Yup. That's it!
The most complicated part in all this is making sure you don't get paint on the front of the plate. If you can handle that much, you're good as
Tip 1: Give up on the idea of making the glitter lay even. It's not going to happen. Embrace irregularity. Glitter wants to dance, so let her do it.
Tip 2: After the paint is on, run a clean fingertip around the edge of the plate to keep it clear of glitter. This isn't a big deal but it will keep your plates looking pretty when they are stacked up on the shelf.
Tip 3: Don't smear it on like regular paint, stipple it on by bouncing a small sponge up and down, or by quickly tapping your paintbrush all over. Smearing across the surface will just wipe all the glitter into your sponge/brush, which is probably not where you want to keep it.
I know some of my food blogger friends are reading this and thinking how much they need a glitter plate as a photo prop. And it's true my friends, you do!
This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Paints, a Plaid Crafts product, in conjunction with Blueprint Social. The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. Martha Stewart Paints can be found in every color on the shelves of your local Michael's craft store, aka The Mother Ship.