How to Decorate Melamine Plates

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Kid's art on a melamine plate makes makes a great gift for grandparents
Kid's art on a melamine plate makes makes a great gift for grandparents (Image: drawing with crayons image by Renata Osinska from Fotolia.com)

Melamine plate decorating kits, found in hobby shops and toy stores, make interesting, personalized, functional art. Kits come with markers and paper (some, preprinted like a coloring book) to draw your design on, and an envelope to send your design for transfer to a melamine plate. After a few weeks, the plate, imprinted with your original design, is mailed to you. Although this kit is typically marketed as a child's craft, there is great potential for grown-up fun. You don't have to use the predrawn pages provided. In fact, any image, including photos, may be transferred to the plate. Use your imagination to make yourself or a loved one a one-of-a-kind art piece.

Things You'll Need

  • Melamine plate kit
  • Pens
  • Colored Pencils*
  • Crayons*
  • Paint*
  • Artist's brushes*
  • Photographs*
  • Glue*
  • *Optional
  • Funds for shipping and handling charges

Open the melamine plate decorating kit and organize contents. Decide if you want to use the coloring pages provided or create your own artwork.

Color your favorite coloring page, using markers provided, or use your own pens, colored pencils, crayons, or paint.

Draw and color or paint your own design if you don't wish to use provided coloring pages. Arrange a collage of multiple images and add captions if you'd rather not draw or paint. Your finished artwork will be scanned for transfer onto the melamine plate. As long as the image is 2-dimensional (no sequins, jewels, etc.), any design will do. Just create your artwork on the same size paper as the coloring pages.

Use your own supplies to make personalized artwork
Use your own supplies to make personalized artwork (Image: crayon image by anna karwowska from Fotolia.com)

Fill out the form included in the kit with your name, address, etc., as indicated. Some companies that offer picture transfer to melamine dishware allow you to choose and buy your personalized bowls, platters, cups, and serving trays. Place the form and your artwork in the envelope provided, along with a check, money order, or credit card information for shipping charges. Seal and mail the envelope. Typical turn-around time for production and receipt of the finished plate is 4 to 6 weeks.

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