Personalised Christmas crockery
It can be silly to splash out on special Christmas crockery you'll use a handful of times each year. Instead, stick to a few handmade platters or small dishes to inject a little Christmas cheer into your table settings. And if there is nothing out there on the market that suits your style, it's easy to create your own patterns and designs.
- Oven-proof ceramic dishware This dish and platter were just a couple of dollars from a budget store
- A ceramic/porcelain paint pen, around $8 from Spotlight
- A Christmas motif/stencil - or you could simply draw something freehand
If drawing a design freehand, practice on some paper first and use the pen on some thick cardboard to get a feel for the flow of the paint and the width etc. Copy the design onto the crockery.
If you're using a stencil, copy it onto the thinnest clear plastic paper you can find before cutting out the pattern and use a spray adhesive on the back to stick into place.
Fill in the stencil and wait until dry before removing the film. You'll need to seal the paint by popping it in the oven follow the instructions on your paint pen to do so.
Mix and match with your plain white crockery for a stylish, slightly Christmassy table at your festive feasts.