DIY Projects: Holiday Plates

For today’s DIY Projects we have a fun and easy holiday plate idea. Anthropologie hosted a holiday workshop  that I attended last week. We decorated china plates in a holiday blue and white theme for the store wall displays. This November, the walls will be adorned with our blue and white china plates in celebration of their  20th anniversary. We had so much fun decorating the plates using doilies, blue and gold spray paint, fabric and other assorted items. Melissa Zarou {Richmond Visual Manager} and Leigh Ruble {Display Coordinator in Richmond} guided us through the creative process, but allowed each plate to be our own design. I am excited to see it all come together in a couple of weeks. Here is a look behind the scenes.

Anthropologie Holiday Workshop - decorating plates

 DIY Projects: Holiday Plates Instructions

Anthropologie Holiday Display Workshops

Anthropologie Holiday Workshops
This project can be done for your own home for the holidays. You can create just one plate or a whole wall. I have listed the materials we used below. However, feel free to use your own colors and materials you have from home. A group of three plates on stands would make a nice holiday vignette.
DIY Projects: Holiday Plates Materials:
  • Assorted plates primed with white paint.
  • Gold spray paint
  • Acrylic paint in colors of your choice.
  • Small Paint rollers and rolling pans.
  • Paper doilies and patterned fabric.
  • Glue, paint brushes, plastic cups, paper towels and sponges.
DIY Projects: Holiday Plates Instructions:
  • Collect assorted china plates. To make an art wall display, be sure to gather plates with different sizes and shapes.
  • Prime the top of each plate with white paint and let dry.
  • Decorate the plates using the above materials.
  • Example: Paint one side of a cloth doily and press it on the plate to make a blue design.
  • Example: Paint gold lines on a china plate using gold spray paint {spray a little in a small plastic cup} and a small paint brush.

Holiday DIY Projects - Plate decorating

blue and white holiday craft ideas

Holiday DIY projects

Anthropologie Workshops 2012

Anthropologie Holiday Workshop 2012

DIY projects - Holiday Plates

Call your local Anthropologie store to find out details about the next Holiday Workshop near you!

For a Holiday Centerpiece, try this easy Apple Topiary DIY tutorial.

Check out the tablescapes and recipes categories for more holiday inspiration.


Search all DIY Projects and Holiday Decorating posts for more inspiration. Bring on the Holidays!


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