This weeks Thrifty Thursday is a cute fall plate for under $5.
Fall is here and with it comes all the awesome fall decorations. I love decorating for holidays, but I rarely decorate for the fall holidays because I live in an apartment and I don’t have a lot of storage. This year I wanted a cute and fun center piece for my table that was also budget friendly.
I bought a few items from Target and Dollar Tree, but it was still missing something. While at Dollar Tree, I found a cute plate that had leaves around the border and I thought, “I could do something cute with that!”
I recently found the instructions for the DIY coffee cups (found here) and I wanted to try it on the plates. Since I want this decor to last me up until the Christmas season, I decided on something that represented the fall for me. I chose “give thanks” to always remind my family that regardless of what is going on in our lives to stop and give thanks. Give thanks to God. Give thanks to those around you. Give thanks for all the blessings that you have been given.
It is perfect for a centerpiece or to serve turkey on. This plate was very simple to make and I have listed out the supplies I used and instructions below. I kept it simple and budget friendly coming in under $5 for fall plate display.
- Plate (Dollar Tree $1)
- Sharpie Oil Based Markers (Free. I had it from an earlier project. New: Michael’s $2.49)
- Stand (Hobby Lobby $3.80)
- Pencil or Stencil (Free. Both I had lying around my home)
Wash and dry plate. This will help the paint stick to the plate instead of the dust on the plate.
With a pencil (or stencil if you don’t like your handwriting), lightly draw out the placement of the words in pencil. I am a visual person so I need to see a glimpse of what the final project will be. It also helps me guide my handwriting since my handwriting can be a little hard to read sometimes.
*If you are using a stencil and you are having trouble, try using scrapbooking stickers and trace them. You can get these stickers at any store that has craft supplies (Walmart, Target, Hobby Lobby, etc.).
Use a Sharpie oil based marker and write out you letters and/or phrase.
*I practiced my lettering before drawing it out since this plate was the first time I tried a calligraphy font.
Let dry for 48 hours. The paint will dry before then, but I always err on the side of caution and I didn’t want anything to smear.
*I also baked mine at 350 degrees for 40 minutes so if the plate accidentally ends up in the dishwasher (you never know what will happen) the paint will stay.
Everything I used for the centerpiece cost less than $15 and now my apartment is fall ready. I did end up buying 3 plates to try different ideas, but they only cost a $1 per plate and I can gift the extras to family and friends.
What DIY projects are you doing this holiday season? Let me know in the comments.