DIY Kitchen Art: Painted “Eat, Pray, Love” Plates

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Amazingly, I haven’t read the book Eat, Pray, Love, nor have I seen the movie.  Yet when I found a square plate for $1 at Homegoods, I knew I needed to find two more and create a set of plates to hang on the wall in my kitchen.  And it needed to have that phrase!

I realize they appear to be two different colors, I have to say it doesn’t look like that in person:

Why “Eat Pray Love”?  I don’t know, it just sounds like a fantastic message in a room that’s the heart of my family.  With Noodle’s feeding issues, I should probably switch it to I’m PRAYing that you EAT, my LOVE!  {for new followers, my daughter has horrible reflux due to a birth injury which led to her being fed by a tube and subsequent feeding issues, yada yada yada…)

Back to the plates.  They were an absolute cinch.  I created the set in under an hour.  You could make anything or use any phrase.  Here’s how:

I used this nifty new fine point black Sharpie Paint Pen.  Who knew Sharpie now made paint pens?  I’m sure any brand would work but I used this one because I’m obsessed with Sharpies, and office products in general.  Bet you didn’t know that about me.

I used the paper the in which the plates were wrapped to create my templates.  I freehanded the words, cut them out, and taped them onto the plates.

Then I outlined them with the paint pen.

After they were outlined, I pulled off the paper and fixed any rough areas.  Then I filled in the text.  Truthfully I have pretty messy handwriting so I was nervous how it would appear but it really came out better than expected.

I used a few plate hangers and presto, instant kitchen wall art!  This was so easy I plan on making more.  I’d love to do a few with branches or flowers, and some in a pattern– chevron, trellis, quatrefoil– all are SO hot right now.  Imagine the places you can go with this!  Much better than the generic kitchen art I was complaining about here.

Eat, Pray, Love.  Sounds like a pretty good life plan right now.  😉
{I linked this to The CSI Project’s $5 Challenge}
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16 Comments

  1. this is SO cute! I am obsessed with sharpies also. (I get them as gifts at Christmas from the hubs, he knows how happy they make me)

  2. OMG! I love it!!! I am right now painting a sign for my kitchen with the exact same words! and just like you i have never seen the movie or read the book but i love the words for a kitchen or dinning room, it has such meaning! I cant wait to finish my project now

  3. LOVE those!! They look right out of a PB catalog. Thanks for sharing!

    ps – sharpies rock 🙂

  4. The are very cute. I decorated some plates with a sharpie as well. I have not posted them yet but plan to after this next weekend when my kitchen make-over is completed. I’m so excited to share with everyone. I love it so far.

    Great job! Love the Eat Pray Love theme.

  5. Super cute! I have a place in my kitchen that could use something sweet like this.

  6. Great idea! I would have guessed you had used vinyl-the sharpie paint pen worked great-can’t wait to check those out! Those look great right next to your cabinet-thanks for the idea! Stopping over from CSI.

  7. these plates look awesome! Found you on the link party! new follower for sure

  8. Oooo, I love it! So simple and creative. It looks perfec there.

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