Personalized Melamine Plates for Kids

Written by marguerite lance
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Melamine plates are made of hard plastic and are perfect for use by young children; the plates can be dropped on the floor and won't break. They are also durable, as long as you don't microwave them. Melamine can melt, so the plates should only be placed on the top shelf of the dishwasher. Because of their construction, melamine plates can be personalised, either with a child's name or a picture.

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Melamine

Melamine is a hard, slick plastic that is not only durable but also holds paint well. As a result, melamine plates can easily be personalised for your child. Melamine plates come in a large variety of colours and shapes, allowing you and your child to find the perfect backdrop for personalisation.

Materials

If you choose to personalise a melamine plate yourself for your child, or have your child personalise a melamine plate, you can purchase all the necessary basic materials at a local craft or a dollar store. You can also purchase materials online. In addition to a melamine plate, you will also need paint specially made for glass or enamel surfaces and paintbrushes. When purchasing plates, keep in mind that monochrome colours work best, especially white. Also, depending on how detailed your design will be, you may desire to purchase a practice plate to ensure the best outcome on the final melamine plate.

Occasions

Personalised melamine plates make good birthday presents, winter holiday presents or "just because" gifts for children. Children can also personalise plates as birthday or winter holiday gifts, Mother's Day or Father's Day gifts or gifts for grandparents, other relatives or teachers. Children may also enjoy designing a new melamine plate each year, to commemorate another year passing and a new year coming.

Designs

A hand print, created by having your child put his hand in a bowl of paint and then pressing his hand onto the melamine plate, immortalises your child's childhood. You can add your child's name and the date on the front or back of the melamine plate using paint. If your child can write, have him write his name and the date, further adding to the plate's personal value. A picture of loved ones, a special occasion or other subject painted by your child are other meaningful ways to personalise a melamine plate. A short message can also be included on the front or the back of the plate. Some children like to draw a picture of themselves and add their name or initials on their personal plates.

Other Personalization Options

Personal and company websites can be found online that will offer services to personalise melamine plates. Usually such vendors will have set designs from which you can choose. For example, they may personalise the plate with your child's name in a particular fancy script. Some vendors may allow you to request specific scripts or colours.

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