artsy ideas for kids and families

Wooly Willy Plates.

My mother in law, sister in law and I are shopping in one of Newport’s little tourist shops when we come across the funniest little plate ever. Do any of you remember that little magnet pen you can use with a man’s face…you could move around magnetic shavings to put hair on his head and face?
With this plate, you can use broccoli for hair, pasta for a beard…super silly. I almost bought it and said to myself, “I can make that!” Usually when I say that the follow through is so so.

But this time, during a visit to the recycle center, the boys and I find some plain white porcelain plates, and the idea is revived. I buy a black porcelain pen to make some funny gifts for the holidays.

I find a picture online of who’s name I know now is Wooly Willy.
I use this as a basis to draw the Willy on my plates.
I have 1 platter, 2 dinner plates and 3 dessert plates. I put Willy on them all.
I will keep the platter for myself and give the rest away.

After drawing with this porcelain pen, you allow the ink to dry for 24 hours, then bake at 300F for 35 minutes. Voila. The kids will have so much fun arranging food on our new Wooly Willy platter. 5 funny, homemade gifts, spending only $10 for the pen.

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  1. I hope the woods family is on the gift list! I loved this at the store and love it even more homemade! 🙂

  2. I remember you saying that. What a great job. I love them.

  3. we’ve never made plates (great idea!) but my aunt bought us some like that a while back. Tons of fun!

  4. this is a GREAT idea, congratulations!!!!!

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