DIY: Painted Ceramics

Alright crafters, here is another extremely easy project for you to take on: Painted Ceramics!

As per usual, I hit up my local thrift shop to find some old ceramics. Using recycled goods does its part to help our environment and is often much easier on the wallet (to read more about this, CLICK HERE). For this particular project, I picked up a very simple square plate, a one cup teapot-cup combo (pictured above in the second image), and a mug with saucer. I’m an avid tea drinker so these were the perfect ceramic pieces to use.

You will need a ceramic paint for this project. I came across Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface Craft Paint, which I have found to be an awesome product. The paint comes in five different finishes: pearl, glitter, glossy, satin, and metallic. It can be used both on indoor and outdoor surfaces. You can get it from any craft store.


  • ceramic objects (mugs, plates, teapots, etc.)
  • Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface Craft Paint (I used a satin finish in the black)
  • Paint brushes
  • Stencils or drawings to reference
  • Oven


ONE: See materials list. Be sure to wash and dry all of the ceramic objects before you begin the project.

TWO/THREE: I decided to free-hand paint by referencing a pattern I had found online. Apply your image on your ceramic piece. Allow it to dry and apply a second coat if needed. Once covered, allow the ceramic piece to dry overnight.

FOUR: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Place the painted ceramic objects on the center rack. “Cure” (bake) the objects for 1-2 hours. Remove with oven mitts and allow the objects to cool for a few hours. Once they are cooled, wash the objects. You now have your upcycled ceramics!

Creating these ceramics is extremely easy and they make excellent gifts. Experiment with the different colours and finishes. I also purchased a light blue colour in the pearl finish of the paint, so by mixing it with the satin black I was able to create a metallic silver.

Happy tea-time and of course, Happy Crafting!

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