Dollar Tree Decor Using No Bake Ceramic Paint

This easy project started with an adorable plate and bowl from the Dollar Tree. I was wanting to try my hand at my new ceramic paints and this was the perfect opportunity. Using a cute stencil and some glue, this Dollar Tree decor was a complete win!

supplies for dollar tree ceramic paint decor

Dollar-Tree-Decor-Using-Ceramic-Paint supplies

step by step instructions for using ceramic paint

  1. Prep your dish by cleaning with a damp cloth or rubbing alcohol.
  2. Place your desired stencil in the center of your dish.
  3. Apply ceramic paint using a scraper or spatula.
  4. Add ceramic paint freely to any other areas you like on the dishes. This is the fun part!

If using traditional ceramic paint then bake to set according to the instructions below.

Baking Instructions:

Place your decorated piece in a COLD oven immediately after creating your design.
Set the temperature to 325 degrees and let the oven warm to that temperature with the dish inside, leave for 35 minutes.
Turn off the oven; allow the piece to cool completely IN the oven.
If using the new No Bake Ceramic Paints then simply allow to dry thoroughly. 
Next, using a strong adhesive glue such as E6000 attach the bowl to the plate. Dollar-Tree-Decor-Using-Ceramic-Paint
I used a few heavy objects here to help keep it in place overnight to dry.

If you missed the live DIY Tutorial on Facebook, watch it HERE for your convenience…


viola!  Dollar tree decor using NO BAKE ceramic paint

There you have it!  So much fun and so many options!  I added my famous MESSY BOW to the base as a cute centerpiece on my countertop.  If you water down the ceramic paint, you can simply “tint” your design as well!  Will you make some decor using this method?



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Leave your thoughts below in the comments please… BTW— Life is short—Enjoy the mess!



  1. Charlie Valvo says:

    I am wondering if it is food safe ? Where did you get the stencil from? I have the plate will get the bowl and do this . Thank you , it is beautiful
    Diane Valvo
    Email under my husband name

    1. southerncrush says:

      Yes, it is food safe. The link is in the supplies and here

  2. Love this idea! I got the paints and stencils going to try it

  3. Tonia Krautlarger says:

    I think this is one of my favorite blog post. Such a great piece.

  4. Wanda Walton Hollowell says:

    I saw you do this craft. Love it and looking forward to making this 🙂

  5. I thought the ceramic paint didn’t have to be baked

    1. southerncrush says:

      they have two versions, one needs to be baked the other does not

  6. Natasha Hall says:

    I just made a version of this. I couldn’t find the Dollar Tree plate and bowl but found similar ones at Target for $1 more for each. So it was still inexpensive. A tiny bit of my paint came off because I used adhesive vinyl for my stencil. I left it imperfect because I thought it gave it a rustic look.

  7. Can this be washed and the paint not come off ?

  8. Cheyenne Morris says:

    Did the plate and bowl already have raised areas where you put the black dots? It may just be my mind making it look like those areas are raised.

    1. southerncrush says:

      yes ma’am! It made it super easy.

  9. Where do I buy these paints? I so want go do this!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Yay! These paints should be listed in the post supply list, but they’re here on this site >>

  10. Onida Huhn says:

    Are you able to eat on these plates after you paint them.

    1. southerncrush says:

      I would not eat on them; although it is considered food safe.

  11. Hi, how did you get the dots around the bowls and plate? I didn’t see this mentioned? thanks! Very pretty!

    1. southerncrush says:

      I dotted the raised portions of the bowl and plate with an artist’s brush and more of the paint. Thank you very much!

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