DIY Fall Themed Plates

3 Materials
30 Minutes

I'm sharing a fun project: DIY fall themed plates for under $3/plate! Yay! it’s budget friendly!

Inspired by fall shapes, and my love of  plate walls, I gave myself a $10 budget and got to work on my DIY fall themed plates!


  • Four white plates
  • Sharpies or porcelain markers
  • Leaves or cookie cutters
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Mod Podge Dishwasher sealent


Step 1 – Clean the surface of whatever you’re drawing on (plate, bowl, cup, platter etc) with rubbing alcohol and let dry.

Step 2 – Draw the outline of your shape (leaf, cookie cutter etc.) by making small dots along the contour of the shape.

Step 3 – Start dotting the area around the contour in a densely packed manner, the further away from the shape you get, the less dots there should be.

Make sure you keep your dots uniform and avoid creating large blobs of dots by ensuring there is always some space between the dots. Otherwise you get some uglier blotches.

Step 4 (OPTIONAL) – add another shape or design like this fall leaves plate.

Step 5 – Wait until dry and seal with a spray-on sealant/dishwasher mod page. Unless you’re using alcohol ink pens, brushing any kind of sealant on will only smudge your hard work! If you used alcohol ink pens, then you seal with some mod podge!

Step 6 – Admire your DIY fall themed plates!

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Sunny
    on Sep 26, 2019

    These are so cute and easy, but can you eat off them or use them for serving food, or are they only decorative? Thanks!

    • Jeanne Martin
      on Sep 30, 2019

      Hi Karen Reilly! Unless I'm thinking of the wrong French knot, I'm guessing you posted your response to the wrong project.

  • Terri
    on Oct 1, 2019

    I love your ring ! Is it sapphires ?

    • Ariel
      on Oct 1, 2019

      it’s From Tiffany’s! Not sapphire but one is silver and one is black lacquer

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3 of 5 comments
  • GG
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Very sweet. So much potential to personalize. Great job!

  • Carla
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Very clever!

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