DIY Recipe Plate

Do you love giving baked goods as gifts? Do you sometimes include a recipe card? I bet that card gets misplaced 8 out of 10 times! So why just give food and a misplaced card, when you can give a dish that keeps giving!! Let’s say you take aunt So and So a pound cake for a family Sunday dinner…. Just think how surprised and delight she will be when the cake is finished and she finds the recipe for it on the plate!

How many times have you been to a dinner party and brought a gift? I can’t say I have ever been invited to that fancy of a dinner get together, but I know a bunch of you do. Not only did you bring desert, the recipe plate is a lasting gift of not only your wonderful recipe, but the time and thought it took to make it!

So how does one make a recipe plate? Easy as pie! Sorry, I know that was bad…. first you need a ceramic plate and a Sharpie marker. I got our plate at the dollar store, so this can be a very dramatic, yet frugal gift. Next, you simply write out your recipe on the plate. I used a pencil to make guide lines so I wasn’t writing all crocked. The pencil comes off easily after the marker is dry with just a barely damp q-tip. You could even write a little message on the back and sign the plate. When you’re ready to finish your plate, simply put it is the oven and bake!

I know some of you are about to say, “wait a minute, I have seen this on Pinterest and it doesn’t work. The marker washes off!” Yes, you have and that is because those folks didn’t use the right temperature and technique to make the marker set properly. You can wash THIS plate by hand or in the dishwasher!

Set your over to 425 degrees and put the plate in for 35 minutes. At the end of the 35 minutes, turn the oven off, but leave the plate in the oven till the plate is totally cool. This is a great project to do near bed time because after you turn the oven off, you can just go to sleep and in the morning you will have a cooled off piece. It is like when I used to do pottery…. the firing would be over but you had to wait for the kiln to cool before you take out the pots.

Oh and I forgot to mention, these would look adorable hanging on a kitchen wall too!


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62 thoughts on “DIY Recipe Plate

  1. This would be great as a Mother's day or Teacher appreciation gift. and for those afraid to do it your way they could go to one of those paint your own ceramic places ad they can glaze and seal for them. I plan on ting your way. Thank you

  2. I have seen this idea – but not for a recipe on a plate – love it! I'll be doing this! What a great idea! Pinning! Please join us at Merry Monday Linky (sunday at 6pm PST) – I love your blog! Julia

  3. That's the best idea ever!!!!!!!! i absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing!
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    Shana from

  4. I really like this idea and hope to use it for Christmas gifts. What a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing. BTW, I saw your post at Think Pink Sunday.

  5. Hobby Lobby, and I'm sure other craft stores, sell Sharpie markers made specifically for this sort of thing. They are oil-based. I've never tried them, but just thought I'd toss that out there 🙂

    The only reason I would not do this…. is my awful handwriting! I'd have to find someone with legible writing first! LOL My mom would love my closely-guarded chocolate chip cookie recipe, so this would be a great way to give it to her, but not very helpful if she can't tell if I wrote "2 cups" or Z evpg"!

  6. I have helped my children and their classmates decorate many mugs and platters over the years for teacher gifts – but never thought to write a recipe on one. This is a brilliant hostess gift, and I am so glad you posted this! Thanks for the great idea Mindie!

  7. Ah ha! I've made these ceramic plates before, and the ink washed off, like you said. I think the key is leaving the plates in the oven–thanks!

  8. This is such a cute idea! I have seen this done with cute phrases on coffee mugs, but never a recipe on a plate! I found you on the Friday Flash blog link up. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Mindie, you are amazing, you have such great ideas and I am definitely going to give this a go. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  10. Hi Mindie
    What a great project. I didn't even think about baking the marker for a permanent fix. Thanks for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. I will be Featuring your project at this weeks party. Hope you will drop over and share with us again.

  11. I love this plate, Mindie! What a great idea for a gift and I can't wait to do this the next time I am sharing my baked goods with friends. Thank you so much for linking up on Happiness is Homemade!

  12. Hi I am wondering if I should put the plate in and turn the oven to 4:25 for 35 minutes or bring the oven to 4:25 first and then add the plate. Thanks,

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