$9 Glitter Dishes

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.


*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 golden glittered.

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.

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  1. says

    I was unaware of how much I needed these plates. Thank you for letting me know.

  2. says

    I painted mine this morning. I cannot wait to eat off them tomorrow!!! Target has some good plates. Plus they are made in the USA. I want to make glitter everything now. Thank you so much for sharing this!!!! Yay glitter!!!!

  3. jen@tatertotsandjello says

    That’s a fun idea. I love glitter!!


  4. says

    I suppose you can apply painter’s tape around the edge of the plate first and then start stippling the plates. That way, you can go over the edge of the plate and just peel away the tape and the edges would still be clean.

  5. PeachesFreund says

    They also have about a dozen shades of mint green too. Lime and mint — good combo!

  6. milo says

    you can cure them faster if you put them paint side up in a cold oven turn it to 350 wait 30 minutes then turn it off and let the dishes cool with it – 21 days condensed to 1 afternoon.

    i did this on a set of low ball glasses for a friend 6 months later they are still going strong

  7. PeachesFreund says

    Really? Interesting. Very interesting!

  8. says

    Wow, they’re gorgeous!! This is something I would love to try. Thanks for the great tut!

  9. nutbirds says

    What a beautiful idea! I like all the photos at the top of your blog, also. Have you ever made your own glitter, or used German Glitter? Unfortunately, I can’t make these, because I have way too many dishes. I even have dishes that I don’t even remember I have. I would like to make mirrored dishes, with the glitter underneath. Maybe I can find some glass dishes at the thrift store. What other Martha Stewart tricks do you have up your sleeve. Did you know that I met Martha once several years ago? I won a day at her TV studio in Westport for four people. It was great.

  10. Kara DeCarlo says

    Oh la la Peaches!
    I am imagining a table full of glitter-fied dishes in jewel tones.
    Michael’s, here I come!

  11. PeachesFreund says

    They have so many great colors. I might need to go back for more!

  12. JamieAnne says

    Just wanted to ask if it would be okay to use on the food-surface of the plates, since i’d be doing this on opaque surfaces…
    Would it be safe to eat on?
    I’ve been desperately trying to find food-safe paints that work on plates.

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