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Mother's Day Gift Idea: Kid Doodle Plates

May 05, 2016
Angie Ramirez

Doodle plates as gifts 

Every time my daughter comes home with an art project from school, I place it in a chest for safekeeping. Personally, I think that her art is the cutest thing ever, and little by little she keeps improving. So far, her favorite things to draw include stick figures, rainbows and flower doodles.

Children’s art may be the perfect gift for any occasion, and the personal touch makes it even more special. I’ve used my kid's artwork as wrapping paper, placed it in picture frames, and even attached it to canvas. Now that Mother's Day is approaching, incorporating your kid’s artwork into a gift for a mother or grandmother can result in one of the most heart-touching, personal presents.

Each year on Mother's Day, my kiddos give me a homemade gift that they made with their own little hands (and a little help from their daddy). These simple, homemade gifts are the ones that make me teary-eyed. This year, I'm helping my daughter make some plates settings with her artwork for my mother. What grandma wouldn't love their grandkids artwork on a plate? I know my mom is going to love it!

Doodle plates as gifts 


White (oven safe) flat plain plate, with no ridges or design
Permanent markets in various colors
Butcher paper to protect working surface

Creating the plates 


To minimize any messes, place butcher paper down on the surface that you will work on.

Give your kids permanent markers in various colors and supervise them while they create whatever drawing they desire for mom or grandma on the plate.

Once they are finished coloring, set it aside and allow to dry.

Bake plates at 450°F for about 25 minutes to make the colors are more permanent. Let plates completely cool before handling, as plates will be hot.

Wrap with some bows for the perfect Mother's Day gift!

Note that I do not recommend using the plates for eating, but more as a display piece.

Finished doodle plate 

How are you planning on making this year's Mother's Day gifts extra special?

Photos courtesy of Angie Ramirez.

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