Over the summer, I got together with two of my best friends for a little birthday celebration dinner in LA. We were celebrating Leanne and my birthdays, and for her birthday, I made Leanne a set of gold polka dot dishes. They were super easy and made for a fun and unique gift. 
They’d be perfect for your friends, mom, mother-in-law, or really anyone who likes eating off of a pretty dish! 
sweater: target (last year)
scarf: made by me (easy infinity scarf tutorial here — another great handmade gift!)
jeans: h&m
boots: c/o chicwish
bag: c/o lily jade
cookies: gift from Kris of So Cute Cookies
Click through for the full plate tutorial!

  • white porcelain plates and bowls (mine are from IKEA)
  • gold leafing pen (I found mine at Jo-Ann’s, but it’s not on their website)
  • oven

The leafing pen has a square tip, but I just pressed it down until the paint started flowing easily and then drew a tiny circle and filled it in for each dot.

You can measure out each dot, but I just eyeballed the distance and they came out really well. If some are a little closer than others, you won’t be able to tell. 
For the rim, make sure the paint is flowing easily and then quickly swipe the point all the way around the edge of the plate. Slide back and forth to make a nice even coat, if needed. Don’t go back over it when it’s partially dry — either go back and forth when it’s still wet, or when it’s dried completely so you don’t pull your paint up. 
For the bowls, flip them upside down and draw the dots. Then flip right side up and paint the rim. 

Let them air dry for 24 hours and then cook them in the oven at 300 degrees (F) for 30 minutes.

And you’re done! Load up with some pretty cookies to make a perfect gift!



  1. Janssen says:

    I just wore my scarf with a black and white polka dot shirt this week too. So I'm feeling awesome.

  2. Does the gold hold through washing? Do I need to bake it or anything? These are super cute and so My style

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  3. Yes, sorry! I just updated the tutorial! Let them air dry for 24 hours and then bake for 30 minutes in a 300 degree (F) oven!

  4. Kristina says:

    This is super cute, looks like something from Kate Spade.

    Kristina does the Internets

  5. Kelly says:

    Ok I am in love with this. Firstly, you look adorable. Secondly, awesome way to make dishes more exciting!!

  6. Brynn says:

    I love those boots, Merrick! They look darling with your skinny jeans πŸ™‚ I really like your tutorial here too. So, so cute!

  7. Hi! Found you on Pinterest and LOVE your tutorials!

    Do you know how well these plates hold up through the dishwasher? I've been looking at replacing my plates and these are simple yet sweet.

    If my Google email doesn't show, please reply and I will check back.

    Thank you if you are able to reply! Otherwise, thanks for the tutorial, and I'll try it out anyway πŸ™‚

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