For whatever reason, in Australia we celebrate Father’s Day on the first Sunday in September. So in the last few weeks, my thoughts have turned to what the kids and I will give the fathers in our lives. In addition to a gift, the kids usually create something for their father and grandfathers. This year for my father, we decided on a personalised plate and mug for him to use in the office.
To create this project I picked up a plain white plate and mug from Target. After giving it a good wash and dry, I used a Sharpie to label the plate and mug, ‘Grandy’s Biscuit Plate’ and ‘Grandy’s Coffee Mug’.
Initially the plan was to let the kids go crazy on the crockery with coloured Sharpies, but they wanted to use paint.
Using acrylic paint, the boys painted on some biscuits/cookies and finished them off with some choc chip dots.
They did a pretty good job of these, so I didn’t need to fix anything. I did have some rubbing alcohol on hand, just in case I wanted to remove anything.
To fire the crockery and allow the print and painting to remain, I placed the crockery in my cold oven, turned the oven on to 350 degrees farenheit/180 degrees celsius and baked it for 30 minutes once it reached temperature.
And viola! Here is the finished product.
The plan is to bake a batch of his favourite biscuits, melting moments, and bundle these up inside the mug.
You could use this technique to create all sorts of fantastic pieces for yourself, or those you love. How about beautiful monogram plate to place on the mantel, or use a stencil to give your crockery some flair? The options are infinite. I am already itching to have a go at something else.
What would you do?