DIY Watercolor Plates


White plates are my favorite dishware staple and we use them everyday, but with this technique, you can create beautiful DIY watercolor plates that will add a pop of color to your dishware collection! You can also add this charming look to bowls, cups, platters, etc. Use any color of paint to go with your theme and get your craft on because these were extremely fun to make! We used porcelain paint with a paint thinner on oven-safe porcelain plates as the foundation for the look. Then we used brushes, droppers and sticks to make them look like watercolor! Abstract art at its best! Once they are baked, you can wash them in the dishwasher and they’re safe to use!


Water-based porcelain paint. We used Pebeo Paint in turquoise, blue, gold and a thinner. Porcelain oven-safe plates, brushes, small glass jars for mixing. BUT they’re not all food safe, so do your own research on what is food safe and what’s not.

Add a small amount of color into each glass jar. Then add in the thinner until you reach a watercolor consistency. Mix using a wooden stick or spoon.

Using a dropper and brushes, drop the paint onto a clean plate. Swirl, brush, dot… use whatever technique you want to achieve your desired look!

Let the plates dry for 24 hours.

Once the paint is dry (24 hours later), bake for 35 minutes in a 300 degree oven.

They will be fully cured and ready to use. Also, your DIY watercolor plates will be microwave and dishwasher safe!

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46 responses to DIY Watercolor Plates

  1. sharon
    May 26, 2015

    hahaha, i’m at work and just said, NO WAY! really loud! this is so awesome, wow a world of possibilities!!! thanks!!!!!

    1. Eden
      July 25, 2015

      Haha!! Thanks Sharon!!!!

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  3. June 1, 2015

    Love these! We just made some polish splatter mugs the other day…similar look <3

    1. Eden
      July 25, 2015

      Oh that’s a great idea too!!

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  7. June 12, 2015

    omg these are absolutely gorgeous!!!

    1. Eden
      June 13, 2015

      Thank you!!!

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  9. Alivia
    June 15, 2015

    Hi here, I think these are gourgous. I do want to warn you though that the Pebeo paints state on them that they shouldn’t be used on food or drink surfaces. They haven’t been tested for safety. 🙁 I wish they were though. I love using them!

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  16. swapna
    September 30, 2015

    are these plates food safe ?

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  19. Arwa
    November 13, 2015

    Hi… These look beautiful…. I want to try this. I had a query.
    Are these plates glazed and baked already or they are raw porcelain plates?

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  24. Morgan
    January 27, 2016

    I cant seem to find Water-based porcelain paint, where did you buy yours at?

    1. Eden
      January 27, 2016

      Hi Morgan! We linked to it in the post. We found it at Amazon. I just recommend doing your own research on food safety! You can always to the outside of plates and mugs too 🙂

  25. Clare
    February 3, 2016

    Hi, I’ve just been trying this with Marabu paints and some white spirit – but I’m having trouble getting the beautiful kinds of affects you’re getting here – yours look just like water colours bleeding into one another, mine aren’t very vibrant and don’t seem to want to play with each other – any suggestions?

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  27. Sarah
    April 3, 2016

    Love them. Planning on doing this with our class for a school fundraiser art auction. Wondering how far the paint goes – as in how much should I buy? Trying to keep cost down (not overbuy) but have enough for each student to create a plate. Thanks for the beautiful idea!

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    love this and your other DIY tutorials! Check out some of my DIY posts at

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  30. Manda
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    You mean 300 degrees Fahrenheit?

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  38. Muriel Jelsma
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    Are these plates safe to eat food off? Also. How long and high a temperature is necessary t seal them? Thank you.

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