Make your own personalized set of dishes

These days, who doesn´t have something in their home from Ikea. Perhaps you have the Billy Bookcase or the Kallax divider in your home, or in your kitchen you drink your coffee from the 365+ line. Over the years Ikea has become a household name as they produce solid products that do not cost a lot of money.


On the other hand with low cost often also comes monotone. However you can upgrade any Ikea design with a little bit of creativity. It gives you something unique and creates a smile on your face whenever you see it. 


Over the next couple of lines, I will explain to you how to make your own unique set of dishes for your home. It all started when I was looking for a fun and original gift fur my husband that I could make together with the kids. this was actually very fun and easy to do. 


Materials needed: 

  • Basic cheap cups or plates
  • Sharpies in a range of colors
  • Stencil - sticky stencils are in this case the easiest
  • Cleaning solvent 


How to: 

Before starting with the little project, it is best to make sure the surface is clean (free of any grease and so on). And then it is all up to you. You can freewheel and start drawing without having anything particular in mind, you can write a text or your favorite quote. I like to work with stencils so you can create some kind of uniformity. 


Preheat your oven to 150 degrees. Sharpies will stay on your dishes when dried, however if you want to put them in the dishwasher it is better to finish them off by putting them in the oven. I have put them in the oven on 170 degrees Celsius for around 45 minutes. However I feel the best way to handle them is by washing them by hand. 




  • Sticky stencils also make it easier if you want to do this with little children. That way they only have to color in the figurine
  • When working with the stencil also let it try a little bit before removing the stencil
  • Of course, using Ikea is not a given. You can use any basic set of dishes
  • You can make this for yourself but it is also a nice gift for mothers day or as a birthday present




Finding the perfect gift for any occasion is always hard. Finding an original gift makes it even harder. If you want to make something that is out of the ordinary and is not something that will end up on a pile to throw away, it is even harder. 


And then I thought.... of course mummy and daddy have already prepared a nursery and in the best case you even know what color scheme they have used. So why not make a quirky element for the little one´s nursery. 


Of course this quote works best with a boy. But you can also change the quote into a powerful message like "Welcome to the world wonder-woman". Or "Welcome to the world little one". In this particularity case, the surname of baby was also Mann. So I even got a little word joke out of it. 


Materials needed: 

  • Canvas
  • Primer and color of choice in paint
  • Stencil paper - plastic of strong cardboard
  • Spray-on glue
  • Cutter knife
  • Sponge
  • Stencil letters or stickers
  • Quote of choice


How to: 

First put a primer on your canvas in case this has not yet happened. While the primer is taking it's time to dry, you can make your stencil. 


Before writing your quote, make sure that it fits your template as well as the size of the canvas. So you probably need to play around with it. Once you know how to align your quote, you take your stencil and you draw a straight line where you want the words to be. This is to avoid that your letters are not all on the same level and it looks like they are dancing around. 

Then copy your words onto the stencil. If you do not have letters where you can use the outline, use stickers. Just paste the stickers onto the stencil and later cut around the sticker. In the next step, take a cutter knife with a scharp point and cut out all your words. Sometimes it is quite practical to use a rules for the straight lines. So know the stencil is ready. 


Spray glue on your stencil and arrange it on the canvas. Press carefully so no paint can go under the stencil. Then take a sponge and dip it in your paint. Start dipping on the letters. Use subtle shades of the same color blue sponging certain parts more than others.


Keep in mind: 

  • Off course you can use different colors and create some kind of shade-effect throughout the word. 
  • Or you paint the canvas and make the quote by using stickers directly onto the canvas. Then there is no need to create a stencil. Watch out that they are not to adhesive otherwise the canvas will get damaged. 
  • I have made this as a gift for a baby but you can of course do this as a gift for a birthday of a colleague that goes away or....




I try to save all my memories. Not that i am a hoarder of everything and anything but special events, moments that touched my heart, small things that instantly remind me of something,... i like to save. Small things like concert tickets or even a label or chocolate wrap, I keep. 


Once every so often I combine them into collages. They could be all around an event or a theme, or just by color or just fun. A couple of years ago I was travelling through Bali and i found a four-leaved clover. I dried it immediately between my book and once home i combined it with a little bird. Colors that reminded me of my travel. 


My husband needs to travel for work from time to time. During large meetings they have some kind of play-doh on the tables to stimulate creativity. The first time he went on  business trip he has made me a flower with a card. And now it has become a tradition to bring back a small flower. I look forward to it each time. I have now put all of them in a 3D frame so I can enjoy them more. 


For me it is a way of safeguarding memories. 


Materials needed

  • small bits and pieces such as concert tickets, entry tickets, name tags, cork,... everything and anything that makes YOU happy and that put a smile on your face
  • picture frame. I prefer the ones from Ikea (Ribba), but you van use whatever frame you want that matches your interior
  • glue - can be normal glue or 3D-glue if you wish to put some perspective in it
  • double-sided tape -if you do not wish to glue everything together
  • you can use colored paper or paper with a pattern on as a background. That way if you have an empty space it is less obvious


How to

This is actually very straightforward. You can use the paper that comes with the frame or use another one. First put on everything as you want it. It is a matter of trial and error. Try grouping similar items or shift them in opposite corners. Try to tell a story with the items. Just play with it until you have something that is satisfying. 


Once everything is in place you can glue it all together. After cleaning your frame and the glass, carefully place it in and secure it. 


Keep in mind

  • All you now need to do is find the perfect spot for it. Just a small reminder, not everything needed to hang. You can also make one that stands on your desk. 
  • Do not overcrowd your collage with too many things to avoid that it becomes a dump.