DIY Recipe Plate

Since I’ve decided to use the end of February as a way to add meaningful items throughout our home, I’ve decided to tackle a project that I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never met my grandmother. She died when my mom was 7. I cherish everything I can get my hands on, especially her recipes.

We love banana nut bread and her recipe is delicious. I make it so often that I practically have it memorized.

With all the awesome projects using sharpie pens and white ceramics, I decided to create my own homemade artwork- featuring the recipe we love.

Recipe Plate | The Wood Grain Cottage

It was super simple. I scored a large plate from the thrift store for $2.00. I loved the pattern and I couldn’t beat the size. I grabbed a fine point black painters pen (found at walmart in the craft section) and got to work.

painters pen

At first, I tried to use painters tape to help me keep the words straight, but I noticed that the ink started to bleed underneath the tape. I had to erase everything and start over, which wasn’t that bad of a thing since it gave me extra time to practice my cursive.  🙂


After a few more attempts with the tape, I ditched it and went with the free hand approach. Much better! Really, I like the imperfect look. It makes it feel more handmade, like my grandma could have written her favorite recipe on a plate and given it to me.

Recipe Plate | The Wood Grain Cottage

Recipe Plate | The Wood Grain Cottage

For now, it’s nestled on a plate stand, but I could get a wild hair to move it or hang it on the wall. All I know is, I love it.

Recipe Plate | The Wood Grain Cottage

Recipe Plate | The Wood Grain Cottage

As a side note, I don’t plan on using this plate for anything more than decoration. The painters pen is not meant to be used in the dishwasher. It will come off- which I like. If I ever tire of the look, I can simply scrub the plate or take a magic eraser to it. The pen does dry hard enough that it doesn’t smear or scratch to the touch. Perfect for what I’m using it for.

Main Signature


  1. I really like this Shayna! it looks great and like you said it looks as if is something a grandma would’ve given you: a secret recipe! I like it a lot, it makes your kitchen look “like home” 🙂

  2. I LOVE it! What a wonderful idea! And what super Christmas gifts for co-workers, neighbors, etc. I went to Dollar tree store and purchased some white plates for a $1.00 each, purchased a DecoArt glass marker and made some for gifts. Just write on plate, let dry 8 hours and then put in oven to bake for 45 minutes. Dishwasher safe, too, with this method. Thank you for sharing this idea! You are awesome!

    1. THANK YOU so much, Marilyn! I’m so excited to hear that you made your own! They sound fabulous- and the perfect gift! 😀

  3. P.S. My plates did not have decorative border like yours so I just drew some vines with leaves all around with the marker. Turned out great!

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