Plate ART

I threw out the uppercase  A-R-T  in the title of this post because even though my friend and I had a blast decorating plates with our kids, the following images do  NOT show plates that you can eat from or really even wash.  They will be on a plate stand in the kitchen most likely 😉


My friend Allie and I are both 24 weeks pregnant, we both have a two year and a half year old, and we both have a one year old (this was not planned by the way).  So, we have had a sleepover this weekend to let our crazy worlds come together for a few days.  It has been so sweet, and funny, and crazy of course.  We decided it would be fun to let the little ones do an art activity together.

We found some pefect small, white melamine plates at Target and purchased some colorful sharpies, we headed back home to let our little ones decorate away. (PS – we learned the hard way that the bamboo melamine plates we found at Big Lots were a NO GO!  Just trust me on this one.)

My friend Allie can write really cutesie and I can NOT write cutesie at all so she personalized all of the plates for us.  Thanks Allie ! 🙂


We threw aprons on the little ones and let them color on their plates….

Decorating Around Names

Then, we threw aprons on the one year olds and let them color on their plates (without their names on them), and we found out that this actually worked better to write the name AFTER coloring.



This next low-quality shot is just showing that I traced my little ones’ hands on the back and wrote the date.


I had originally intended to make dinner plates, but it didn’t quite workout that way.  And after researching melamine and the process of making dinner plates, I was even more happy with the final product as a keepsake.  We wanted a fast and funky activity to do so this was perfect for the weekend.   But I found this if this is your kind of thing…..  –  I’m sure I’ll make this happen in the future too 😉

Once again…here are my two kiddos plates…..up close and personal:



I am happy with the way they turned out!

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4 Comments on Plate ART

  1. Meghan
    March 18, 2013 at 8:45 am (5 years ago)

    Just wanted to say I’m so glad I found your website! I found it through Journey of Parenthood. I just had my third child which gives me 3 under 3. It has been a bit overwhelming trying to figure out how to take care of and play and teach all these little monkeys! I am so glad to find someone else whose life will somewhat resemble mine in the upcoming months 🙂 And someone who parents in a similar manner. Thanks for all your great posts!

    • Jessica
      March 18, 2013 at 9:19 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Meghan! So glad to have moms like you visiting! If you happen to snap any pics of your teachable moments then feel free to share them with us so I can learn from them and share them too…the pics don’t have to be fancy or pinterest-worthy because all-natural pics are the most achievable anyway haha. I’ll check out your blog that you linked up too 🙂

  2. Shamara
    July 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm (5 years ago)

    My husband is currently stationed elsewhere and it’s just me and our two kids (2-years-old and 1-year-old). I just recently found your website and it will definitely help me in creating our daily routine. Every night I prepare at least two messy or artsy activities for the next day. I already have this plate activity and the Ocean Life craft ready to go! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and helping other mommies out there!

    • Jessica
      July 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm (5 years ago)

      Wow… I admire you a whole lot. For holding down your own fort at home and for being so intentional with your kids! Keep me posted here or on the Facebook page of what works, what doesn’t, and any questions you may have 🙂


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