I really enjoy crafting and DIY, especially when it centers around holidays. Now that Bubbles is on a better napping schedule, I sometimes find myself with 30 or so minutes in the afternoon where I can work on some of the projects I’ve had in mind for awhile. The Fourth of July is less than a week away now, and it happens to rank right up there as one of my favorite holidays, so I decided to make a little something to decorate with.
I had a new set of Elmer’s Paint Markers that I wanted to test out and came up with the idea for a Fourth of July-themed serving dish. It’s a really easy project and can be as rustic or as finished as you’d like it to be.
DIY Fourth of July Serving Plate
- Elmer’s Painters Markers
- Glass plate or dish
- Printed flag template (optional)
To start, decide what image you’d like to paint on your plate. I searched for “printable flags” and found a couple I thought would work. You could certainly do fireworks or anything else you like. Alternately if you’re artsy you could just freehand the design, too.
First I centered my design and then taped it to the back of the plate.
I decided to start with the blue paint so that I wouldn’t be dragging my hand through the red and white strips. Even though I let each color dry thoroughly between application I didn’t want to risk the smudge.
I outlined the area and around each star before I filled in with the blue.
After it was dry, I moved onto the red. Again, I outlined each stripe, and then filled them in. When the red was dry, I finished with the white. Outlined and filled in the stripes, and then filled in the stars. The stars were a little tricky; in the end I just drew the star shape over the empty space. They’re not perfect, but then again, neither is the design. We’ll pretend rustic was what I was going for.
There is a little bubbling in the glass at the top of the plate that I didn’t notice when I bought it, but it’s really only noticeable when caught in a flash like that. Lying on the table you really can’t see it. Next time, though, I’ll be sure to check the glass a little more closely.
Do you have any favorite Fourth of July crafts or DIY projects? Feel free to leave a link in the comments so we can check them out!