Sharpies, Plates and Dishwashers Don’t Mix!

22 Mar

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So Here’s the thing. All over Pinterest you find tips on decorating tableware with Sharpie Pens, and in pretty much all of these it is claimed that they are dishwasher proof.

Well they are not.

My children’s cousins came to visit and I thought it would be a really nice idea if they decorated their own plates to take home. They all sat beautifully working on their own personal designs, little tongues sticking out through sheer concentration. They went in the oven as instructed and they all looked fab.

However once they had been through the dishwasher half of their hard work had disappeared. It does seem to depend on the colour. Black stays put but reds, greens, blues and yellows just can’t cope with the heat and power of a dishwasher.

All is not lost though.

I would still recommend plate decorating with Sharpies.

Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees. Decorate your cup, plate, bowl however you like. (I’m no artist, but you get the idea from my picture). When you are happy with your design pop in the oven for 30min. When the 30min is up, simply switch off the oven and let them cool down completely whilst still in there.

I think I will do it for one of the little people’s birthday parties.

You can buy white plates and cups really cheap from most places like Ikea, Poundstretcher or Wilko’s. I got mine from Tesco for £2.50.

The children can decorate their own plates as party favours, which they can keep and use forever/until they break it! I think this is a thrifty and nice alternative to the usual party bags.

Make sure you write HANDWASH ONLY on the bottom as you don’t want upset little people asking you what happened to their handywork.

I think I will give normal permanent markers a go to see if this gives the same effect. I will let you know how I get on.

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2 Responses to “Sharpies, Plates and Dishwashers Don’t Mix!”

  1. mummywhisperer May 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    This is a great idea! I came across your post from Spencer’s linky – it really cheered me up after all the sad posts before it!

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