DIY: Decorate Your Dishes

Looking for a fun and super easy DIY project?

porcelain pen diy craft project

This is something I’ve been wanting to try for years and never got around to. Then last week I went to Modulor and happened across some ceramic pens and I couldn’t resist buying one. I was so excited to try it out I didn’t even wait to buy new dishes to decorate, and I ended up using a few small plates that I already had.

porcelain pen diy craft project All you need is a ceramic pen and a dish. Super simple. I bought a Marabu Porcelain Painter, but I’ve also heard great things about Pebeo Porcelaine pens.

1. Choose the dishes you want to decorate.

If you don’t want to buy new dishes or you want to practice on dishes you don’t care about, you can always find some plain dishes at a thrift store. I was too impatient to go to a thrift store so I used some that I already had lying around. Make sure the dishes are clean, and have no dust on them.

2. Decide on a design for your dish

porcelain pen diy craft projectIf you like to plan things out, you can create a little sketch like I did here. If you’re more of a free spirit, you can skip this step and go ahead and get drawing!

3. Decorate your dish!

Draw, draw, draw! This is the fun part. Don’t be afraid to keep your design simple if that’s what you like. A few well drawn lines can make a great pattern.

4. Let your dish dry

Check your porcelain pen for instructions. The instructions on my pen were to let it dry for 4 hours, and then put it in the oven for 30 minutes. Easy! Now it’s all done and ready to be used.

5. Show off your dishes or give them as gifts!


I think a nice customized mug would make a great Father’s day gift, or maybe you just want a new set of plates. Either way I think there are tons of fun possibilities for designing your own dishes!

Thrifting finds!

I’ve recently gotten back into sewing, and this time I’ve starting quilting. I’ve made a couple of simple quilts in the past, but now I’m starting to make more elaborate things and I’m already addicted. I’ve started to notice quilting patterns everywhere (hello, pinterest) AND quilting is a great excuse to buy more fabric, which I obviously love. Because fabric is so expensive here I’ve been scouring thrift stores for old sheets, pillow cases, table cloths, even clothing that could work as quilting fabric. I had a great find today and bought tons of new things for only €4! There’s a little thrift store nearby my house that I discovered while aimlessly wondering around on one of my first days in Berlin. It’s run by a friendly couple, and is my favorite kind of thrift store, where there are boxes and piles of stuff to dig through, and everything is unmarked but always cheap. I took my bundle of sheets and pillow cases up to the counter and the guy shrugged and said “Vier fur alles?” I happily came home with this nice stack of new things to play with.



I think this orange pillowcase is so sweet, I don’t know what I’ll use it for yet because it’s pretty small but I just love the fabric.


Here are some other finds from last week. These both came from Humana, a chain of thrift stores which are usually clean and well organized but overpriced in my opinion. I just couldn’t resist these two tablecloths because they’re both so cheerful and bright!


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