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Guest Post: Dish DIY

April 25, 2011

EDITOR’S NOTE: This month’s MakeOut session has moved to the atrium at Amelie’s French Bakery. This post has been edited to reflect the change!


Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re looking for gift ideas, here’s an easy DIY craft.

What woman doesn’t love a good dish?

There is an abundance of plates, mugs, saucers, and bowls at your local Goodwill, and with a little handmade help, they can become something worth more to you than the few dollars it’ll take to buy one.

Here's an idea of what you can create using porcelain paints on a simple white dish from Goodwill. (Photo courtesy LoucheLab)

You can dress up a plain piece of china with special water-based porcelain paints made just for this type of craft. Some come as pens for easy sketching and others in pots to be painted with a brush. But this month, you can save money on the supplies and attend Crown Town Handmade’s monthly Make Out craft session for a chance to display your artistic skills on your own piece of porcelain.

You don't necessarily have to paint on a white dish. You might also find something with a simple design that could benefit from a few more flourishes of the brush. This is one of my recent Goodwill finds that would be perfect for embellishing.

Buy a dish at Goodwill and bring it with you to the atrium at Amelie’s French Bakery on Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. for a hands-on demonstration on revamping your thrifted find. All the painting supplies will be provided with instruction from Emily Brown of local kitchen accessory company, Made by Emily. You’ll paint your piece and take it home to bake in the oven to set the paint. Then your finished dish will be microwave and dishwasher safe and ready for mother.

And Crown Town always provides Make Out attendees with a coupon to use in the instructor’s online shop. So you know what that means… Mother’s Day gift set: done.

Additional Event Info:
Optional BYOB/W
The atrium at Amelie’s French Bakery

-Amanda Aileen Fisher

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