We used the plates and put the food directly onto the plate and then hand washed them. They did fine but because I want these to last I plan on getting clear glass plates to put over these plates, so they are still fun and festive but they will last longer.
This is how we made them.
I bought several white plates at the dollar store and then with my Silhouette I cut out several different shapes and designs out of vinyl. Instead of taking off the excess of the vinyl, I took off the image, making a stencil.
The first thing I did with Mrs. Claus is made a black outline of her body (we did the same thing with Santa, snowman and the elf). Then I drew in her features. Then I took off the vinyl. ** The best way to do this is to work on one design at a time and then when you have colored in an image, take off the vinyl before you move to the next image. If you wait for the paint to dry it will peel when you remove the vinyl.** I used oil based paint markers to color the plates. Click on the link to see what markers I used.
****UPDATE: We added to our Christmas dishes, we made some fun etched glasses! Go see them here. ****