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How to Paint a Halloween Plate

Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials, and templates.

These decorative Halloween plates would be great to serve candies to trick-or-treaters or guests at your holiday party!

These decorative Halloween plates would be great to serve candies to trick-or-treaters or guests at your holiday party!

Easier and More Affordable Than You Think

Have you seen decorative Halloween plates displayed and thought that you'd like to paint one yourself? It's actually quite easy to do. The hardest part of painting a Halloween plate is having to wait for the paint to dry between steps. You should also understand that the dishes will have to be wiped off with a damp cloth instead of washed. Since they aren't meant to be eaten off of, that shouldn't be a problem.

This is a very inexpensive craft because you can use old plates that you have on hand or buy plates at a garage sale or at a dollar store. This Halloween witch scene plate is painted with regular craft paints and finished by spraying with a sealer. I used Crystal Clear Glaze because I wanted a glass-like finish.

Supplies Needed:

One 10" plate for each of the pictures found here.

Colors of paint I used:

  • Apple Barrel craft paints: Purple pansy, Medium flesh, Pumpkin orange, White, Vineyard green, Black, Coffee bean brown, Yellow flame, Flag red, and Woodland green
  • DecoArt craft paints: Antique gold, Hauser light green, and Traditional raw sienna
  • Delta craft paints: Eucalyptus
  • White or yellow tracing paper
  • Folk Art Crackle Medium
  • Artist brushes: 5/8" flat, round 3, round 0
  • Crystal Clear Glaze or gloss or matte sealer

Clean the Plate

Wash and dry the 10" or whatever size plate you want to paint. I bought these plates at the Goodwill store, but now I will be looking for single plates at garage sales because they can usually be purchased for 50¢ or less.


Base Coat the Plate With Paint

Using craft paint, paint the plate with two or three coats of paint, letting the paint dry between coats. If you want to have a crackle finish, give the plate a coat of the crackle medium. This is only an option, it's not necessary for nice-looking plates. Using tracing paper, trace a copy of a drawing onto the plate. Check the following text before tracing.


Oops! Before Tracing Image on Plate

For the green background plate (with the witch holding the pumpkin), if you are going to add swirls of white or another color behind your painting, do that before tracing a picture on the plate. FYI, I added the swirls after tracing and had a hard time seeing the lines of the picture.


Paint the Image

Using the size brushes I have listed, or whatever ones work best for you, paint in the picture with the colors of your choice. You'll notice that I outline the colors with a round #0 brush. I thin the black paint and use a real light touch to outline around all the colors. I added stars and dash marks on the plates. Use your imagination and change whatever you wish. The plate shown hasn't been sprayed with sealer. This is the look you would get if you sprayed with a matte finish.


Spray With Gloss Finish Sealer

This is how the plate looks sprayed with a gloss finish. Finished! You'll find that after you paint a couple of plates, you'll see how easy it is, and then you'll feel good about making them as gifts.


Have Fun Painting

Notice that on the dark colors I used yellow or white instead of black to outline or define. A suggestion for other Halloween images would be to transfer coloring page images. Google Halloween coloring pages and you'll get lots of ideas. If you make a couple of copies of the images, you can try out different colors before painting your plate.


Color Book Images, Clip Art

There is an image drawing for this plate too. I didn't use the crackle medium on this plate and I did use gold paint for the stars and some of the dashes. I love the looks of the gold paint on fall and winter crafts.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

Do you want to paint a Halloween Plate? - or leave a comment.

Jen withFlash on November 02, 2012:

Aweosme idea!!

ashleynicole21 on October 29, 2012:

very cute ! Good idea!

olmpal on October 27, 2012:

Thank you for the ideas and the instructions! Lovely plates!

carol18 on October 25, 2012:

oh, I love your ideas....

KimGiancaterino on October 25, 2012:

Your Halloween plates are beautiful, and you break things down in easy-to-follow-steps. Just wish I had time for crafts this year. Boo-lessed!

BarbaraSellers on October 24, 2012:

Really nice plates, very artistic. Wish I had time to do that. I am more busy since I retired. I need to go back to work to get some rest! Too many projects on my plate. I am a beginner here. Please check out my "Flower Power" lens because I need more Squid Likes. Thanks!

ShineRita on October 22, 2012:

wow!! good ideas, I am going to try it.

katiecolette on October 21, 2012:

Love the plates you painted! Thank you for the clear step-by-step instructions. I would love to try this project one day :)

coletta lm on October 20, 2012:

Love your painting, very original!

Melissa from Albuquerque, NM on October 19, 2012:

Love the plates. These are collectible items Loraine. Have you ever sold any?

Karli McClane from USA on October 19, 2012:

I might have to try this!

linkbuilding nu1 on October 19, 2012:

Wow, good ideas, going to try them out!

Alessandro Zamboni from Italy on October 19, 2012:

My compliments Loraine, your Halloween plates are rockin'!I will try to follow your instructions for creating a new one for this Halloween!Thanks so much and see you soon.

awesomedealz4u on October 18, 2012:

Very cool plates!

Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on October 18, 2012:

Awesome idea and beautiful plates !

anonymous on October 17, 2012:

artistic lens thanks for sharing

Onemargaret LM on October 17, 2012:

Very good idea!

Riesling on October 16, 2012:

Beautiful plates, great work and perfect lens I like it :-)

angelatvs on October 10, 2012:

Wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing it.

bossypants on October 07, 2012:

I had no idea I could do something like this myself, with an old plate from the thrift store! I love this idea!