How to Design You Own Dinner Plates

Updated April 17, 2017

If you have a specific vision for how you'd like your dinner table to look, or if you're looking for a unique gift, designing your own dinner plates can be a rewarding activity. Table wear designers have a wide variety of options to help you design your own, including do-it-yourself plates, paint-your-own pottery studios and professionally made china dinner service. You'll be able to find a solution fitting your budget and taste.

Send your design to a company that makes custom-designed plates. If you're looking for heirloom quality dinner plates, numerous companies and individual artisans in the United States and overseas will accept personal designs or commissions for dinner plate designs. Many companies require you to place a minimum order of a full set. However, a few do allow orders for a single custom plate.

Alter an existing plate. Using ceramic paint, you can paint your own design on any existing ceramic plate at home. If you will be using these plates for food service, make sure that you choose a ceramic paint that is non-toxic. All you will need to do is paint on a clean plate and then bake to set the design. Wash these plates carefully as the paint can flake and chip off with rough handling.

Visit a paint-your-own pottery store. A wide variety of paint-your-own stores have popped up all over the United States. These stores provide customers with pre-made pottery, ceramic paints and glazes that you can use in-house. The store then fires the finished item, sealing it for safe food service use. Check with your store to determine whether or not the finished dinner plate is dishwasher safe.


Always check ahead to make sure your custom dinner plates are food safe. Many glazes and ceramic paints contain lead and other hazardous chemicals.

Things You'll Need

  • Ceramic paint
  • Paintbrushes
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About the Author

Based in New York City, Virginia Watson has been writing and editing professionally since 2004. Her work has appeared in magazines including "The Roanoker Magazine," "Blue Ridge Country," "Pinnacle Living" and the award-winning "Virginia State Travel Guide." Watson holds a Master of Arts in philosophy of education from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.