Sunday, March 7, 2010

Personalized Face Plate

A fun food plate for kids.

This was based on Kallen at At Second Street entry for "Food on The Go" for the So You Think You Are Crafty competition  I loved the idea and decided to make one for my "Project Grandma Box" for future grandchildren.  My son is only 16 and although I hope he isn't a father until he has at least graduated college, I have started the Grandma box as a "just in case" something would happen to me  before he has children so they will know Grandma loves them even if we never get to meet in person.

Items used:
  • Ceramic or Porcelain Plate
  • Ceramic or Porcelain Pen
  • Photo 
  • Photo Editing Program
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
For this project a blue ceramic plate that I got from a thrift store for 35 cents and I used Prange Metallic markers in silver and gold as I had already purchased them for another project (used 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby and got them for around $2.75), but there are other brands, such as Porcelaine 150 and they are available at most hobby stores or online.

Find a photo with clear facial features and use a photo editing program to change it to black and white and then blow it up to the size you want.  If you don't have a photo editing program, there are several free ones, such as Fotoflexer or Picnik where you just upload your picture, edit then save it.  I used Irfanview for this project, which is a free progam to download.   I made mine so was the size of my hand, which I think came out a little too big - you may want to go smaller.

Draw around the face, eyebrows, eyes, nose, ears, and mouth with a pen.
Cut out the head shape.  Guess I now know what I would look like if I pulled a Brittney Spears and shaved my head.   Draw around the face shape with a pencil on the plate,  remove the cutout then go over it with the ceramic pen and freeahand the edge of the ears.
Next, cut out the eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth.  Sort of looks like a Picasso now.
Put the cutout back on the plate and go over the cutout areas of the eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth with a pencil.   Remove the cutout and draw over the penciled in lines with a ceramic pen.
For the eyes, I put the cutout pieces on the plate next to the eye as a guideline and freehanded each one onto the plate.
Color in eyebrows, eyes, and add hair if desired.   For the name I just wrote in freehand with the pen.
I washed it off and then it was ready for play.   I had to do it quickly as my son spotted Starburst and called dibs on half of them.


  1. Fantastically fun idea! Kids would love this! So fun.

  2. How fun! My kids would LOVE this!!! Thanks for participating in my link party! Make sure to grab a button to put at the bottom of this post! Great job on the plate!!!