Wednesday, July 16, 2008

What To Do On A Smokey Day

Last year, someone on the Garden Junk forum, made some really cute painted plates. I really liked how they looked so I decided to keep my eye out for some old plates that would work for the project. I bought some ceramic paint and collected the plates as I found them at different garage sales, Salvation Army, etc. I decided this was the week I would paint them since the air quality was to bad to be working outside. After I finished them, I hung them on the garden fence. It was not a hard project, just time consuming. Since I don't do freehand painting anymore, I had to cheat a little...Here's how I did it.

I printed out letters with the fonts I liked on my handy computer printer! I cut them in smaller squares so they would fit on the plates.

I cut carbon paper to fit under each letter and then positioned each letter where I wanted it and taped them onto the plates. I then traced the letters on.

I used ceramic air dry paint to paint the letters on. I chose black and white paint. I found this paint at Michaels. (They did not carry this paint at my local Wal Mart.) I painted a couple of coats on each letter. After it was dry, I put a sealer glaze on top. (It is made by the same company.)

Ta Da...Finished product


Renna said...

I love it! I never thought about doing anything like that, but it's a neat idea! :-)

Outer Banks Mom said...

Wow! Cindee, you are so great when it comes to whimsical garden ideas! Those are fantastic and super cute.

pammiejo said...

Oh - that is too cute! I may have to try that on a fence! Good idea!!

Lisa in CA said...

Love the plates, Cindee. What a neat idea!

Georgiagirl said...

you know what they say ...

Coping is the highest form of flattery ..

I love this !!! it is so cute..
all of your ideas are wonderful.

gonna have to copy this

Cinj said...

I LOVE it! Excellent idea. I suppose that means you won't make it here for your vacation then, huh? I sure miss hanging out at Michael's. Not too many craft stores near me so I have to stock up when we go to Wausau.

Meadowview Thymes said...

How cute! You are so talented. And what a great idea to hang on a fence!

Vickie said...

Clever! What a wonderful idea I'm going to have to remember this one.

Take Care :)

Rick said...

I have to join in the chorus as well and tell you that is just one neat and cool project! Way to go. That is something that is probably even marketable, like on eBay. Something to think about for the dark winter months...

Crafty Gardener said...

What a great idea Cindee, yours turned out wonderful and what a great addition to the garden.

Shannon said...

What a wonderful idea!

cindee said...

Hi Renna,
Thanks!! I think you should make some now(-:

Hi Outerbanksmom,
Glad you liked the plates(-: They are pretty fun!

Hi Pammiejo, Thanks for your kind comments!

Hi Lisa, Thanks. Glad you like the plates!

Hi georgiagirl,
I have heard that coping is the highest form of flattery(-: They were fun to make too!!!

Hi Cindy,
I guess I won't make it back to visit you this summer. I can't believe how fast this summer is going!!!! I am glad you enjoyed the plates. It would be hard to not have a Michaels close. I go there a lot(-:

Meadowview thymes, Thanks! Glad you like the plates(-:

Hi Vickie, The plates are fun to make and pretty easy too. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog!!!

Hi Rick, I have not seen anything like the plates on eBay. I probably would have bought I am glad you like them too!!!

Hi Crafty Gardener,
Now its your turn to make some!!!
Wouldn't they be cute if you used them for house numbers? I would use a small plate like a saucer/etc. That could be my next project...LOL
Thanks for commenting. I am glad you enjoyed the plates!!!(-:

Hi Shannon,
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a message. I am glad you liked the plates!!!!

Philip Bewley said...

I have always thought you are one of the most creative persons I know and you continue to prove this! I love all your projects. It is all so much fun!

Best Regarsds,
PS: I have a whole buch of tile that I want to make into a mosaic in the garden. If you have any ideas let me know as I have not tried this before.

cindee said...

Philip, What a very nice thing to say. Thank You(-: As far as the tiles go. There is a great forum on Garden Web and there are some super creative people there you could ask. The stuff they make is just amazing!!!
Here is a link to the forum:

and another link to answered questions:

Hope that helps you(-:

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Anna said...

Got to have it---love it! I think the letters you chose were perfect too and made the project even better. I'll try to pay attention when I'm picking out fonts. Got to go to goodwill and see what they got.

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

I love this! How creative and wonderful for your garden...I would love to do this but I'm not sure I could part with all those beautiful plates. :)

tina said...

How did you hang these plates? They are darling!

cindee said...

Hi Tina,
I bought plate hangers at the dollar store to hang the plates up with.
Thanks for commenting!!!

tina said...

Duh me! Too easy. I could not see them in the picture. Thanks!