Written by The Farmer’s Wife

If you are an addict of Pinterest like I am, you have probably caught a glimpse of making your own customized mugs and such. I decided to give it a try using this tutorial.

I have always wanted to go to one of those shops in the “big cities” where you can paint your own ceramics. My cousin who lives in the “big city” made a birthday  plate when she went. I thought it was such a great idea and I wanted to make my own, but have yet to make it to a ceramic shop. I decided this would be the perfect project to make my own birthday plate. The best part is it only cost me $1.00!!!! I love how easy this project was and wanted to share!!

The supplies you will need are Sharpie permanent markers, Q-tips, rubbing alcohol, paper towels, and a plate, mug, or whatever dinnerware item you want to customize, and your oven. I picked up my plate at a discount store for a buck!!

Make sure your dinnerware item is clean. Then get to drawing your design. I looked online for a birthday graphic that I like and then free handed the design on my plate. I used a black, blue, and silver sharpie that I had on hand. If you want a more polished look try using a stencil to perfect your design.

Here is my plate after I drew my design on it.

I decided that I didn’t like how the word “birthday” looked. It is permanent marker, but have no fear….you can “erase” it with a little rubbing alcohol. Carefully use a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and “erase” what you don’t like. Use a paper towel to wipe away the mess.

After rewriting the word birthday several times  I decided I did not like it so I tried another look.

Nope, I didn’t like that either! I  “erased”  the Happy Birthday all together and went with curly-q’s to match the cupcake. Ahhh, much cuter!!! When I was pleased with my design I put the plate in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes to “cure” it.

Now when someone has a birthday in our house they will get the special plate. I think this would be great way to display your Christmas cookies too! The designs are endless!


Here is my finished plate after it baked in the oven. It will be used for the first time on November 20th when my middle daughter turns…..{gulp}……11.

Please note, these items will need to be hand washed.



The Farmer’s Wife

Jodi Taylor

I'm married to my wonderful and I do mean WONDERFUL husband Mike. He is a farmer which makes me THE FARMER'S WIFE. We have been married for 16 years. Together we have 4 children...our daughters...Jordan 14, Emma 10, Alivia 9, & our son Hayden 5. We love life on the farm and all the ups and downs that go with it and wouldn't want to raise our kids anywhere else. I have a love for cooking and crafting and a passion for photography.