Monday, December 8, 2014

DIY Poetry Plates (Meaningful Gifts for Fellow Language-Lovers)

Re-sharing this post from post-Christmas last year about the DIY Poetry Plates I made for my mom, using plain old white plates and Sharpie paint pens.
I was really stumped for a meaningful gift to give my mother this year. This sounds rather cliche, but my mom is my rock (usually the one standing between me and the hard place). And this year, funds have been rather tight, what with my husband starting his business and all of the other BS that comes with being a solidly middle-class professional who can no longer afford anything. I couldn't afford to buy her all of the amazing things I wanted to and that she deserves, so I had to improvise. First of all, I made her a photobook filled with all of the adventures she had with me and my daughters this year. And then I also made her these.

Each plate features the lyrics of one of the songs or poems I remember her singing or reciting to me when I was a child, teenager, and then adult.

DIY Poetry Plates: Great for Christmas or Birthday Gifts
This was actually the plate on the bottom of the pile, because I know how much these lines mean to her ... and to me. They are from the Cat Stevens song "Oh Very Young," and they read thus: Oh very young, what will you leave us this time? You're only dancing on this earth for a short while. And though your dreams may toss and turn you now ... They will vanish away like your daddy's best jeans, denim blue fading up to the sky. And though you want him to last forever, you know he never will.. (you know he never will).. And the patches make the goodbye harder still.  
DIY Plates with Nursery Rhymes
This one is from "I see the moon." Read my post about this poem and my mom here.  It reads: I see the moon and the moon sees me. Under the leaves of the old oak tree. Please let the light that shines on me, shine on the ones I love. Over the mountain, over the sea, back where my heart is longing to be. Please let the light that shines on me, shine on the ones I love.
DIY Plates with Sharpie Paint Pens
This one, a little blurry, is from "There's a Light on in the Attic" by Shel Silverstein. Read my post about this poem here. There were more. These are the few I remembered to take pictures of:(.
She cried. And I felt a little less terrible about not being in a better place in my life where I could afford to show her how much I really do care. In case you are so inclined, here's how you can make your own:

1. Purchase plain white plates (I found some in the "As-Is" room at Ikea, but you could also try your local dollar or craft store).
2. Clean the plate with a paper towel (and then avoid touching the surface of the plate. Any oil on the plate's surface seems to make the ink pull).
3. Using a black oil-based Sharpie, write the lyrics on the plate (I chose a circle pattern, but you could use whatever layout you want).
4. Decorate with your own flourishes using a gold oil-based Sharpie (available in packs at Michael's, Jo-Ann's, etc.).

Sharpie oil-based pens. Like, the coolest things I have discovered since I was, like, 13. 

5. Let the plates dry completely and then bake at 350 degrees. If the writing has pulled together at all, go over the writing again.

I also made these one-liners for my mother-in-law. I think I just might make myself a set next:).

Sharpie Paint Pen Christmas Plates

This year, I'll be making these "All Mama Wants Is a Silent Night" sharpie/glitter mugs from Nest of Roses for my sisters-in-law (maybe with some peppermint schnapps tossed in with coffee;)?). I love giving someone something handmade that they can cherish, something meaningful. We all have so many cast-off items these days.

All Mama Wants Is a Silent Night DIY Mug from Nest of Roses

Have fun:)!! If you ever make any, please share them with us on our Facebook page (if you're not following us there, stop on over. We share lots of different things throughout the day, aside from our own posts. Great ideas for the holidays, new books to read, fun facts about Disney, you name it).

PS Don't forget to sign up for the Baking and Books Holiday Giveaway we have going on at the Skull in conjunction with BMoore Healthy. Stop by and enter:)!! You will love the magical Robert Sabuda pop-up I will be giving away, and my friend and fellow blogger, Betsy, is giving away the ingredients to make Christmas cookies to accompany the book.

PPS If you liked this post, try out some of our other DIY Christmas ideas:
Happy Holidays! A/J

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