Huzzah! Halloween is here! I am making costumes, pumpkin bread, and these Halloween serving platters that would look awesome at any holiday party!
I found some chargers at a thrift store for $1 and I thought I could use them somehow. After mulling it over I realized I only had white serving platters for my halloween party and needed something more festive. So I forged ahead thinking of how I could come up with the perfect DIY. This was the culmination of all that thinking!
Are you psyched? Great! Here we go...
Old plate or charger
Plaid Blank Stencils that will fit your plate (mine were 8x10)
Glossy Black Spray Paint
A well ventilated area for spray painting
Safe cutting surface (I used a pizza box, but a magazine will work well too)
Find an image that is really simple in design and goes with the theme of your party. I love this Punisher-inspired skull for its simplicity and style.
Print off this image in a size that will fit on your plate. Then tape your stencil over your image and place it on your cutting surface.
With your Exacto knife, cut around the image. I usually score the image onto the stencil, then go back and cut all the way through; that way, if I make a mistake I can fix it! (And I make a lot of mistakes. I like to call it the "Handmade Love")
Head to your designated spray painting area, and spray adhesive onto the back of your image. Wait about 30 sec before putting it onto the spot on your plate you want to see your image. Make sure to get the edges nice and stuck onto your plate (as I did not and you will see how it turned out).
Now this is where you can decide how you want to do your plate. If you want to paint the whole thing but your image, then put the cut out piece onto your plate and spray the whole thing (don't forget the sides too!) Here is what my first attempt turned out to be...
Or you could....
Do the actual image onto the plate, which turned out much better the second time. Live and Learn! This one you have to cover any exposed area with duct tape so no spray paint gets on the plate. (let me know if you're confused and I will help you)
Finish it off with some Krylon spray sealant and you've got yourself an awesome platter!
I love DIY's because they can be customized to just about any need! So now that you have the basic knowledge, the sky is the limit. You can do a whole set of serving ware (once you've got the stencil made it's a breeze) or specialize it for a Hostess Gift! I am sure you have a hideous platter you got 10 years ago that is collecting dust somewhere so grab it and turn it into something useful. Waste not, want not!
Hope you have fun, be creative and get inspired.