DIY Monogrammed Plates

Mother’s Day is such a special time for us. So, when we were selected to create a special Mother’s Day craft idea by Plaid ~ Martha Stewart Mother’s Day  campaign, well we were thrilled! You would have thought we had won the lottery when our box arrived from Plaid  containing a huge assortment of Martha Stewart crafting items…

These supplies are just incredible…brushes,sponges, multi-surface acrylic paints,stencils… many great items! We knew we wanted to try out the Martha Stewart multi-surface acrylic paints on glass…yes glass. They can be used on multiple surfaces, how cool is that! The beautiful stencils were just too good to pass up, as well! So with that in mind, we created our adorable monogrammed glass plates for Mother’s Day!

DIY Monogrammed Plates. Create these simple accents for a personal handmade gift.

Here are the supplies you will need…

Smooth glass plates

Martha Stewart Crafts multi-surface acrylic paint

Martha Stewart Crafts  foam pouncer tops

Martha Stewart Crafts stencil tape

Martha Stewart Crafts stencil set in Tapestry

Martha Stewart Crafts looped script stencil set

Rubbing Alcohol

Cotton balls

Martha Stewart Craft brush and stencil cleaner

Step One…

Prepare the surface by washing the plates with warm, soapy water and rinse well. Dry plates and wipe surface to be painted with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol…

Step Two…

Apply the stencil to the back of the plate { we will be painting on the back of the plate }, securing with stencil tape. HINT: be sure to flip the plate over once you have taped the stencil in place to make sure it is centered on the plate!

We chose the beautiful Jonquil {yellow} satin multi-surface acrylic paint. We used the lovely Tapestry stencil set and selected the large filagree-like stencil that is solid in the middle. Remove the top off of the acrylic paint and place the sponge pouncer top on. These are great…easy to use and easy to clean up!

Step Three…

Follow the directions on the sponge pouncer tops to get the paint started. Simply tap or “pounce” the sponge pouncer straight up and down all over the open stencil areas on the taped down stencil. The sponge allows the acrylic paint to adhere to the glass very well.

Remove the stencil while wet, clean the stencil if necessary.

Step Four…

We allowed the plates to dry completely before proceeding to this step. We next painted a simple, single letter monogram in the middle of each stenciled plate. Keep in mind we are painting on the back of the plate, so the monogram must be flipped over and painted in reverse!

Simply select the letter you would like to use, flip it over, and tape it down with the stencil tape. Hint: flip the plate over once you have taped down the stencil to make sure the letter is centered!

Step Five…

Apply the Jonquil {yellow} multi-surface acrylic paint with the sponge pouncer, using the same method used earlier with the Tapestry stencil.

Step Six…

Remove the stencil while wet and clean the stencil if necessary.

Notice again, that the letter is in reverse! That way when you flip the plate over….it is a beautiful custom monogrammed plate! How special a gift this is!

Can’t you just imagine a wonderful,relaxing Mother’s Day brunch on your porch! These monogrammed plates are just so welcoming…

DIY Monogrammed Plates. Create these simple accents for a personal handmade gift.

We just love the way they turned out and think they will make a perfect Mother’s Day gift for any mom…

DIY Monogrammed Plates. Create these simple accents for a personal handmade gift.

A big “Thank You” to Plaid and Martha Stewart Crafts for supplying all these incredible products!

You can follow along with Plaid on their twitter, facebook, and pinterest pages to see more incredble projects!


I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are ours.


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  1. What a beautiful project! I love your table set up…can I come over for Mother’s Day? lol! Megan

  2. These little plates are beautiful! I love the whole setting. And how cool that you got such an awesome hook up! I need to look into that asap. :)

  3. So pretty, girls! I love the thought of monogrammed plates and brunch on the porch (and what a gorgeous porch it is!!). Great job!

  4. These turned out so beautiful!

  5. What a sweet idea- I have a question though. I’ve used the multi-surface paint on a variety of projects over at – and I’ve noticed that even though it clearly states its top rack dishwasher safe… it isn’t. After a few washings bits of my designs start to flake off. Hand washing is ok, but even setting them in the sink where they scrape against other dishes scratches the design off. Let me know what you experience is. Especially since your design is on the bottom of the plate. =D (Oh, and that was with both the wait to cure and the bake to cure methods.)

  6. First of all, I would be jumping in the air happy to get that big box of supplies!

    I love what you did with, especially monograming it backwards on the backside.

    I’m not familiar with the products. Does it say if it is dishwasher and foodsafe?

    So fun.
    Visiting from The Live Laugh Linky #6, hope you’ll stop by my blog too. :)

    Thanks for sharing,

  7. What an awesome table setting, the plates are perfect!

  8. Thanks guys for your sweet comments. We really felt like we had died and gone to crafter’s heaven when we opened that box.

    As far as the paint and dishwashing… The back of the paint bottle does say it is top-rack dishwasher safe or hand wash. We hand washed the plates with a sponge and did not have a problem.

    As far as the paint and being food safe… The back of the paint bottle says that it is non-toxic, but not to use in direct contact with food. We painted on the back side of the plate for this reason.

    Let us know if you have any other questions!

    Trish and Bonnie

  9. Just a tad bit jealous of the goodies you got to try out! I’m in love with Martha products. Lucky gals :) The plates turned out super cute.

  10. Those are so cute!!! I love all the things you got! They look like so much fun!! Thanks for sharing at Thursday’s Temptation.

  11. What a fun idea! I love the plates and the monogram adds the perfect touch! Wonderful for Mother’s Day!


  12. Your plates turned out beautifully but your porch is absolutely gorgeous!

  13. Wonderful idea for a gift! Do you know if the paint withstands hand washing with out pealing off? Should we assume it’s not dishwasher safe?

  14. oh my goodness. first of all…no wonder you got a giant box of candy in the mail…they knew you would make them look good. no mention that it is Martha’s from this girl. I will confess that I got a box of stuff that had some of her stuff in it…I used it right up with a big giant yes please! These are stunning! Question…are they washable? As in dishwasher washable?

  15. Those are so amazing!!! Not only are the plates gorgeous but the way you displayed them on your deck is just gorgeous. You gals did an awesome job and we are so glad you shared this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  16. wow.. You really did hit the Jackpot.. that is awesome stuff you will love making things with.. and secondly your monogrammed plates for mother’s day idea and the porch are fantastic.. love everything about this post! thanks for linking up at friday fun party.. Pinned it!

  17. Absolutely adorable! I love the yellow paint against the orange mats!

  18. Very cute!! Love these!

  19. Nice idea…tfs~

  20. Wowzers,I really need to try this. This is amazing :)


  21. Those are really pretty and I love the yellow. I don’t know why I’m always drawn to stencilling because I’m really bad at it!!!

  22. What a gorgeous porch! The plates turned out just lovely! You’re making Martha proud!
    ~ Kim @ Sand & Sisal

  23. Great job! I want to come hang out on your porch.
    WhiMSy love

  24. Love lOve loVe lovE!

  25. Those turned out FABULOUS! I would love to invite you to link this up to our Friday Block Party over at Curb Alert!
    Thanks, Tami @ Curb Alert!

  26. These are awesome!!

  27. Beautiful table scape and what a fun project with your new MS products. Came out great. I found you at Friday Fun Party.

  28. Oh Wow! I love your porch (so Southern!). The plates look great and this is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.

  29. What an absolutely stunning tablescape! I love the plates and the pop of colors!

  30. The plates look BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a beautiful collection of supplies!! JEALOUS!

    Stopping in from Thee Blog Hop!!! Have a great day!!

  31. Thanks so much for linking up this terrific project @CountryMommaCooks….have a wonderful Sunday:)

  32. I love the monogrammed plate! It looks so good. I definitely want to try this! You girls are so creative! Angie :)

  33. The monogrammed plates are great – you did a good job! Thanks for linking up at Thee Networking Blog Hop. I appreciate you stopping by my blog (Royal Daughter Designs) to say hello!

    Be blessed!

  34. Love the porch & the entire table setting!
    I’m always a sucker for a monogramm!

  35. What an inviting porch – beautiful plates!

  36. Those look so beautiful…I am your newest follower from the networking blog hop!

  37. How amazing! all those goodies! love the plates!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the Sunday Blog Hop. I am of course following you.

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  38. so pretty! what a great idea!~ thanks for linking up to make it monday! I’ll be sharing with my FB and twitter followers! :)

  39. The plates are darling! Such a fun idea! We loved having you link up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” Please join us again next week! Thanks! -The Sisters

  40. Oh I really love these monogrammed plates! They are so lovely for a Springtime table!

    I am featuring Anita Rivera, Designer and Paper Artist with Castles Crowns & Cottages, with her Giveaway on my site!

    Art by Karena

  41. This is great! What a fun idea!

  42. Such a pretty place setting – great for any kind of fancy party! Love!

  43. Those are fabulous, what a great gift idea!

  44. Wow you allot such beautiful project here. Also this plate and sitting place look too beautiful. I will try to paint plate in any party and occasion.

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  45. Very pretty plates!

  46. Love these!

  47. Love these! And your incredible patio! Super cute. Thanks for sharing it at my link party!

  48. First congrats for being chosen by Plaid – way cool!Love how the plates turned out, and you patio if so cute. I would have to sit out there all the time!!! Great job! Martha would be proud – well as much she could be! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best Par.tay!

  49. Beautiful! I love this! The table setting and porch are awesome too!

    Thanks for linking it up!

  50. Your table setting is beautiful. I love the plate idea. Thanks for the intro to all of this MS crafting stuff – I hadn’t seen those little sponge pouncers before. Thanks too for linking up @ the Delecable Home.

  51. Very pretty thank u for the tutorial

  52. The porch is gorgeous but those plates are darling! What a great way to create a lovely tablescape for mothers’ day.

  53. Hopping over from the linky party at Beneath My Heart…
    I love these plates! What a fantastic idea for a sweet (and practical) Mother’s Day table setting/favor!

  54. Love this! Adding it to my ‘to do’ list :) Thanks for sharing!


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