January 10, 2015
Today’s DIY is so cute you will want to make one for everyone you know! We recently experienced a huge influx of couples, and I wanted to send out a little something to let them know how thankful we are for each and every one of them. To be completely honest, when I first dreamed up this project I had no idea if it would actually work. I had seen something similar on Etsy and thought to myself “I can totally make that!” (do you know the feeling?) But when the execution came I was secretly holding my breath. Turns out it worked beautifully, and it was fairly easy, too. Of course I wanted to use “Mr & Mrs” for our design, but you could easily monogram them or even use each bridesmaid’s name. The possibilities are endless which is why I’m so in love with this project!
- One 4” dish – I used an espresso cup saucer that came in a set of four from Bed, Bath & Beyond (saving those cups for another project!)
- Gold embossing powder
- Alphabet rubber stamps
- Embossing stamp pad
- Heat gun
- Paint brush
- Used dryer sheets (yes, really)
Step One: clean your dishes
Use dish soap and warm water, then dry completely. Once they are dry, rub over your stamping surface with the dryer sheets, being careful not to touch them after. The oils from your fingertips will actually cause the embossing powder to adhere and so does any static. I found this out the hard way. The used dryer sheet helps remove both these problems. Technically they sell anti-static bags at most craft stores, but I liked saving the money and using something that was sitting at the bottom of my laundry basket.
Step Two: create the design
Use regular ink on a piece of paper to map out your design, making special note of the spacing and stamping order. If you are right handed, it’s best to go from top to bottom and right to left to avoid smudging.
Step Three: stamp the dishes
Make sure your stamp is completely covered with the embossing ink and that no excess ink has been applied to the corners of the stamp on accident. The good news is it is possible to start over if you make a mistake. Simply go back to step one, making sure you thoroughly remove all ink and oils from the dish.
Step Four: apply embossing powder
Cover the inked area completely and generously with the embossing powder. Next, tap off the excess powder onto a piece of paper and funnel it back into the jar. You will be shocked at how little powder it uses!
Step Five: heat the powder
Place your dish on a heat resistant surface such as a craft board. Holding your heat gun about 3” away, moving from one area to the next as the design turns from power to solid. It’s magical! Since I was making these in December I found it took a little extra time for the powder to convert. About 3 minutes in total. Don’t give up if it takes a little longer, you will definitely know when it’s done. Wait until the dish has cooled completely before moving it.
That’s it, you’re done! An adorable dish to hold your rings while you wash dishes, apply lotion, or paint your nails. I’d love to see the ways you customize this project, so make sure to tag us in your pictures!