Wednesday, October 5

Under $10, Under 1 hour

**I'm writing about Spiritual Formation every day this month.
For today's Spiritual Formation post, click here. This is an extra post just for fun!**

Lately I've been a plate-painting fool. I've been loving the fun of taking ordinary plates and turning them into something fun.

First I made this decorative accent by stencilling the back of a clear plate, then spray-painting right over the stencil. This cost me nothing, because I just used materials I had on hand.

Next I made this footed plate using the same stencil-and-spray-paint method, but this time also gluing a candlestick to the bottom and spray-painting the entire bottom of the footed plate. My total cost for this was $1.99.

I'm eager to try this technique at Christmastime. I think I'll use glossy white spray paint for that one.

And I've just made a seasonal cake platter using this clear plate I picked up at Goodwill for just over a dollar:

I liked the wheat motif, but I wanted the plate to be a nice autumnal color. I simply flipped it over and spray-painted the bottom with Rustoleum's Cinnamon. Because I left the top untouched by paint, that surface is completely food-safe. Of course the paint could chip off the bottom, and I wanted to give this as a gift, so I attached a label to the bottom:

Doesn't it look pretty holding my chocolate chip pound cake?

I love to bake cakes for friends, and I like to present them on cake platters that my friends can keep and re-use. It's not always easy to find an affordable cake platter, but this one certainly filled the bill.

All three of these plates cost way less than $10 and each took just a few minutes of time. My kind of projects!

Melissa at 320 Sycamore is having her annual "Under $10 Under 1 hour" party today. You can find lots of inspiration there!

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  1. I love craft projects that don't require too many steps and alot of money. Yours fits that bill! I love the result too. The possibilities are endless with that type of craft. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love it, I have been making the footed platters using already decorative plates, etc. Love this seasonal idea.

  3. Painting the bottom of the glass plate was such a smart idea! I need to watch for some platters like that to use at Christmas! I hope you are having a great week Richella!

  4. What a great idea! I need some clear plates to try this!

  5. So clever! I love them! You are one crafty gal least one that has an eye for beauty, and a gift of creativity!

  6. Hi Richella, love the painted plates, what kind of paint did you use? What a great idea for a get well gift, birthday celebration, etc... a delicious cake and beautiful plate!
    have a blessed day,

  7. Great idea! Can't wait to try it.

  8. I really loved your craft idea of painting the plates. So original. And what a great idea to use them as gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Taking a treat to a friend on a plate that they can keep is a great idea. I love how you made this plate seem more modern and perfect for fall with paint. White gloss paint is going to be really pretty for Christmas.

  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! You could even do inspirational words such as FAITH, HOPE, LOVE, FAMILY, FRIENDS, etc. I's probably easier said then done as I probably just gave away how none crafty I am :)

  11. What a fantastic idea Richella! I'm totally going to try that sometime! :-)

  12. Richella~I love you for posting on top of your 31 day posts! You are the best! It's beautiful~how fun to get any kind of gift from you because you make them so special.


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