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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Trish Flake

Hey y'all! I am Trish and the creative voice behind Uncommon Designs. I adore party planning, holiday celebrations, and all things crafty! I am so excited to share my creative adventures with you!

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  1. says

    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. :)

  2. says

    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.)

  3. says

    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,

  4. says

    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

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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?

  7. says

    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!

  8. says

    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!

  9. says

    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

  10. says

    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

  11. says

    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!

  12. says

    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.

  13. says

    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!


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