Using a few simple supplies you can create these awesome DIY zodiac appetizer plates to serve at your next gathering or give as a gift to a friend!
What’s your sign? No, that’s not me giving you a cheesy pick up line. Whether you believe in astrology or not, most people do know what their zodiac sign is. And it’s exactly what you’ll need to know to make today’s DIY zodiac appetizer plates!
The word “zodiac” is usually always tied to astrology, but did you know that it holds a place in astronomy, too? The zodiac is actually 12 different constellations that lie along the annual path of the sun. The constellations are patterns that were seen in the sky and are associated with ancient Greek culture. I’m definitely not an expert when it comes to the history of our zodiac charts or constellations or if they actually make any sense, but whether you believe in your zodiac signs and constellations or not, they do still make some pretty cute appetizer plates. And these DIY zodiac appetizer plates are actually a cinch to make too! What’s not to love about that?!
- Zodiac Constellation Images
- Porcelain Markers (I got mine here)
- Hole Punch
- Appetizer Plates
- Tape (Optional)
The paint pens can be a little pricey sometimes, but you do get a lot of use out of them. If you want to keep the cost down, you can also buy pens individually, instead of purchasing the whole package. (But I guarantee you’re going to want to start decorating a lot more porcelain after you see how easy this tutorial is!)
Also, one of my fave places to purchase basic white dinnerware is the DOLLAR STORE! That’s where I picked these plates up from! So at least the actual plates for this project won’t break the bank!
First, find a pattern online, on Pinterest, or hand draw your own, that you can use to “trace”. (I just did a simple google search to find mine.) I only used the design as a template to follow the shape and make it easier on myself. You can stick to the constellations like I did, or venture out and go with the traditional zodiac designs, but keep in mind, it’s sooooo much easier to use the constellations. You’ll see why below 😉
Print out your pattern and make sure it’s the correct size to fit in the center of your plate. Size up or down when printing to get it just right.
Using your porcelain paint pen, add small dots in the center of each of your punches. They will just be a guide mark. Don’t fill in the entire hole, as the paint will run and smudge a bit. Trust me. I had to do it a few times first before I figured out this was the easier way. If you decided to tape your “stencil” down, be very careful when you remove it so you don’t smudge the dots. If you do mess up, you can wash the paint off and start over.
Once your stencil is removed, go back over your initial paint dots and enlarge them. Don’t be too worried about getting them all perfect. When the overall design is complete, you won’t even be able to tell if they are off a bit.
When you’ve finished completing the designs, allow the paint to dry for a full 24 hours. Once dry, bake in a 150 degree oven for 35 minutes. (Note: My oven won’t go lower than 175 degrees and I still baked mine for a full 35 minutes without any problems at this temperature).
After your plates have cooled, you’re ready to use!
You can choose to make a set of just your own personal sign, or create the entire zodiac line for your collection.