First mass-produced in the 1950s, melamine was considered the perfect dishware for budget-minded hostesses. Today, melamine dishes come in many shapes and styles. Dress up plain plates with some craft paint, customizing your dishes to fit a décor or motif. Non-toxic craft paint is a safe product to use on dining ware. Avoid putting your decorated dishes in the dishwasher; wash them by hand instead.
Personalize Melamine Plates
Wipe down your melamine plates with a soft cloth. Plates should be clean and dry.
Place your melamine plate on top of a place mat or a plastic garbage bag. This will protect your workspace from paint.
Position a stencil on the plate. When you have the placement the way you like it, tape it in place. Masking tape pieces placed along the edges of the stencil works well as a temporary adhesive.
Squirt some craft paint into a foam plate.
Dab the tip of your sponge brush in the paint. Dab the brush on the foam plate to remove any excess paint.
Dab the sponge brush on top of the stencil to create the desired image on the melamine plate.
Remove the stencil after the paint has dried completely. Let the painted plate dry for one hour.
Jazz up every day plates with your monogram, make a stencil based on a design element in your kitchen, or decorate melamine plates for a holiday or occasion. These handicrafts also make great gifts for anyone who likes to display unusual plates. (However, do remind your gift recipients that these plates can’t be placed in the dishwasher.)