Since my husband reads my blog too, this won't end up being a surprise for him...but he's fine with that. And he still doesn't know what I'll let the kids pick out to put on it for him.
Anyway, on to the tutorial...
A smooth, clear glass plate (this came from IKEA for 99c)
Rubbing alcohol, or eye glass cleaning wipe (which is what I used since it's so easy!)
Glass paints (like Gloss Enamels by DecoArt)
Paint brushes...stencil brushes work best
Stencil cut out of vinyl or contact paper with the word you want to paint on your plate, DAD in our case (remember to make it in reverse because it goes on the back of the plate)
Clean backside of plate with rubbing alcohol. When dry, adhere stencil to the back center of the plate.
Choose your paint colors. I decided to use 3, one to represent each child. Squirt a small amount onto a piece of foil and help children paint inside the stencil on the plate. I had each child do one letter.
To set the paint you will do two rounds of baking. Set plate in cool oven and heat to 325. Then start timer for 30 minutes, turn off oven at the end of 30 minutes and let the plate cool in the oven. Repeat this process again and the paint will be permanent and dishwasher safe.
Now we have a great little plate for Dad that represents each of his kids, and he can actually eat off of it too! If you use this technique on a plate, I'd love to see the result.
I'll also show you the first version I tried, which came out really cool, but had some difficulties Alternating colors we did several layers of paint dots (using the handle of a small paint brush) I used a hair dryer to speed the drying process between each layer. When each letter was completely filled in with dots, I went to pull up the stencil, and yep--the paint was coming up with it! I had to cut all around the outline of the letters with an exacto knife to remove the stencil. So if you want to go a more detailed route with your paint, be ready to cut around everything, and the lines might not be totally perfect.
Now load up the finished plate with some of Dad's favorite treats, or his requested dinner!
And since I love sharing these old pictures, check out this post with a couple more Father's Day ideas