DIY: gold lettered vintage plates

EAT gold vintage plates DIY

I can’t say that I’ve met a gold leaf project that I haven’t loved. It’s one of my favourite DIY weapons of choice.  When I was asked to come up with a gold DIY project for this amazing golden DIY group challenge I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do use these great vintage plates I had collected from my local thrift shop. You know what gets me even more excited than gold leaf? Transforming something old into something new. And you know what YOU should be even MORE excited about? A chance to win a $300 PayPal gift card!! You read that correctly. Keep reading to see how to make this golden piece of kitchen decor for yourself and how to enter to win $300. (note this contest is now closed)

I’m a sucker for vintage houseware, it’s a bit of a problem. I can’t pass up a beautifully designed colourful vintage plate, especially when they’re just orphans laying all by themselves in the thrift shop. So I have this small collection that’s hanging around and I thought it would be the perfect background for a gold monogram. Hey, when you do three monogram plates it becomes a word, like EAT.

EAT gold vintage plates

It’s not a hard project but does take a bit of precision with the stencil cutting and handling the gold leaf. You could also use gold permanent marker or spray paint if you rather and get a similar result. However, I do insist on using double sided tape and spray glue specifically for the best results. Regular glue won’t get you as crisp of a result. 

EAT gold vintage plates stepsBe careful with any letters, like “A” that have floating parts. Trace them onto to painters tape and use instead of paper.

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Once you carefully remove the stencil, you’ll end up with a personalized vintage plate piece of art. You could always just do one letter which would look great in children’s room or on an art wall or maybe in a feminine work space. You could also use this same technique and do a shape like a heart or bird or a lightning bolt or…well you can get as creative as you like.

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Pick up some display plate hangers (I got mine at the dollar store) and hang those babies up and enjoy.

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And because I love you so much some of my blogger friends and I have put all our great golden inspired projects all together for you. Check out these 14 awesome projects from some other talented ladies:

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From left to right, they are:
DIY Gold Polka Dot Mug & Irish Coffee Recipe from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
“Mommy Loves Me” Heat-Transfer Onesie by It Happens In A Blink
How To Take Pictures During The “Golden Hour” by Lindsay Faber Photography
Gold-Dipped Tear Drop Earrings by Happy Go Lucky
Gold Lettered Vintage Plates by The Sweet Escape (hello! you know this one already)
DIY Gold and Silver Key Fob by 4 You With Love
“Don’t Miss The Colours of the Rainbow” Printable by Clean and Scentsible
Gold Dipped Kitchen Utensils by Echoes of Laughter
Golden Pencils by The DIY Dreamer
Gold Speckled Eggs by Craftberry Bush
Gold Circle Pendants by Northstory
Kate Spade-inspired Coasters by Suburble
Gold-and-Black Layered Bracelet by Happy Hour Projects
Vintage Key Art by Satori Design for Living
Gold Bowties by Fynes Designs



21 responses to “DIY: gold lettered vintage plates”

  1. I have a hard time passing up any vintage dishes at a thrift shop or garage sale. I adore what you did with these ones- beautiful!

  2. Love these plates! I’m like you, and I love vintage plates and glassware! And can you believe that I haven’t ever tried gold leafing yet!?!? I have to give it a whirl!


    • say what!?! Well if you get addicted to gold leafing, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  3. Hello!! What a neat project! I’m wondering if the plate you used that has the turquoise border has a pattern name on the back by any chance?? I’m in love. TIA