It’s My Feast Day Plate!

There are so many posts out there about decorating a plate with a sharpie, that I thought that I would give it a try…and convert it to Catholic!

I have a little plastic plate for the kids that says “it’s my special day” and it’s amazing how it still appeals to the kids, even though it has definitely lost that new plate shine!
I have decided that we need to make a bigger deal about our Patron Saint Feast Days, but life happens and I don’t always manage to cook up something special!  I thought it could be handy to have a special Saint Plate for those special Feast Days.
I deliberately made my Saint illustration a little ambigous, so that it can hopefully pass for any of our favorite saints! I created a Saint Plate Template and tried to use carbon paper to transfer the drawing. That didn’t work at all! (Does anyone know how to transfer a drawing to porcelain or china?)

You can download the Saint Plate Template as part of One Page Printables Craft Kit

or you can use your own design to decorate the plate with Sharpie Markers!
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I then just copied the drawing freehand with pencil and the simple design wasn’t too difficult to duplicate!  I re-traced with markers, allowing the ink to dry to avoid smudges.  Corrections can easily be made with just a wipe while the ink is wet.  I understand that rubbing alcohol helps to remove the ink once it is dry, but before it is baked.
I baked the plate in a preheated oven (@ 350) for 30 minutes.  I actually used Bic markers because I liked the package of colors, but I understand that sharpies work just as well.  The package says that these markers conform to creative material standards (ASTM D 4236) and are non-toxic. The baking seems to set the ink, but I will watch how the design fares in the dishwasher.  If I were a little more cautious, I would probably limit the artwork to surfaces that won’t touch food. At a minimum, it’s going to look great on the table and an exciting reminder of our special Feast Days!
***There are ceramic markers designed perfectly for this purpose…Drawing with these markers, following the instructions on the box…may ensure more durable (dishwasher-safe!) artwork!***
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If you have seen any of my Painted Wooden Saints posts, you’ll know that I have created an army of  little Saint peg people and I keep finding new ways to introduce them into our regular family activities.  Check out how we use them in Checkers, Snakes & Ladders and Trouble to add a little Catholic culture ro regular family fun!
I was happy to find these little dollar store plastic clips and the little wooden peg people fit right in place to join the festivities on the special Feast Day!


  1. Monica, this is adorable…and what a great way to add something special to family saint day celebrations. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  2. OK, so I want to put this on my “To Do” List since it looks like a great way to celebrate the family’s patron saints! Great idea! Love it!

  3. What a cute idea!! Thanks for sharing it on my link-up, Monica!

  4. I featured your plate at this week’s link party, in addition to your post from Written by The Finger of God.
    Have a great week.

  5. I love the plates!

  6. Great ideas!!! And that clip? Super great idea and super cute!

  7. This is a great idea. Hubby and I have talked about making Saint days more special, this idea is perfect. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  8. This is an awesome idea! We celebrate feast days here, too, and I am always looking for new and different things to do/make each year. 🙂 God bless!

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