There is a trend going around Pinterest right now showing dozens of different projects involving Sharpies. One of those projects is using a Sharpie to write on dinner ware, baking it in the oven, and then it is supposed to be permanently baked into the dishes. As I was looking at some of these projects I noticed that so many people were getting different results. I saw comments saying everything from “this was amazing, mine turned out so cute!” to “what a disappointment, it washed off after the first use.” Well….I loved the idea (just think of all the possibilities!) so I decided to find out for myself if this project worked. Since all you need is a Sharpie and some plates I figured it was a cheap enough project to give it a go and make my own sharpie plates. So here is what I did, and my results.
These dishes were on clearance at Target so I snatched up these four plates with this exact craft in mind. I washed them and let them dry completely before starting.
Using my Cricut I cut out the words EAT, BITE, YUM, and an apple shape and this time I didn’t use the letters but used the negative as a stencil.
The oven was preheated to 425 degrees and in they went for 30 minutes. After a half hour I turned the oven off and let the plates cool down completely before removing them. Here’s how they looked after baking:
Perfect! So far, so good. The next step was to see how they would hold up. So first I gave them a gentle hand washing with some dish soap… still looked great. So I was brave and ran them through the dishwasher. How did they turn out? Take a look:
They still look great. They didn’t fade at all, run, or smudge. So does it work? Well for me, YES! It absolutely worked. I don’t know why others were having a hard time but I followed these easy steps and ended up with adorable plates.
*Here’s a tip I learned trying this again with other plates/sharpies. I have not gotten any color sharpies to work. They all fade after one wash, so stick with black to be safe!*
Sometimes crafts don’t work out, sometimes they do, sometimes it seems like they work for everyone but you. (unintentional rhyme right there.) This will be one that I’ll do again. Give it a shot and let me know how it turns out for you!