DIY Painting on Dinnerware

by Marguerite Lance
Design your painted dinnerware to reflect your personal style.

Design your painted dinnerware to reflect your personal style.

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Do-it-Yourself (DIY) painted dinnerware not only makes a fun project the entire family can do, the dinnerware itself also makes a fun addition to your dishes for holidays and celebrations. You can also give DIY painted dinnerware as gifts for birthdays and holidays. Grandparents particularly love dinnerware created by children they love. If you use enamel paints for your dinnerware project, you can bake your dinnerware in your oven. However, if you use acrylic paints or special professional glazes, you will have to take your project to a professional shop to have it fired.

Items you will need

  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Dish towel
  • Scratch paper
  • Pencil
  • Greenware (unfired or unbaked dinnerware)
  • Brushes
  • Enamel or acrylic paint
  • Water
Step 1

Clean your greenware. Lightly scrub the greenware using the sponge, warm water and soap. Rinse clean, then gently dry with the dish towel. Lay the greenware on a dish towel to finish drying, ensuring it is completely dry before you begin to paint.

Step 2

Determine the design you want to paint on your greenware. Sketch out this design on your scratch paper using your pencil. Keep the final design by your side as you paint your greenware.

Step 3

Paint the design you drew in Step 2 onto your greenware. Rinse your brushes thoroughly in clean water if you decide to change colors while painting. If you decide you need to apply more than one layer of paint -- if, for example, you want your design or color to be dark -- allow the paint to dry between applications, based on the paint's instructions.

Step 4

Bake or fire the greenware, according to the needs of the paint used. Remember, you can bake the greenware in your home oven according to the paint's instructions, if using enamel. This will likely be for a short time on a low temperature. If you used acrylic paint, you will need to take the painted greenware to a professional ceramics shop, or a local craft shop or community center that will fire greenware or ceramics.

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