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Make 4th of July Dessert Plates

Make 4th of July Dessert Plates
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It’s strawberry season and it’s almost the 4th of July. This combination of events means that shortcake and other delicious strawberry desserts will be featured at almost every BBQ and other food related gathering for the next couple weeks.  If you are entertaining a smaller group of friends and loved ones, these plates will accent your desserts beautifully.  The plates are easy to make but keep in mind that the paint needs 24 hours to dry before you can fully “cure” them in the oven, so plan accordingly.

4th of July Dessert Plates

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
4th of July Dessert Plates

4th of July Dessert Plates

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
4th of July Dessert Plates

Materials needed:

  • Food safe porcelain/ceramic paint (i.e. Pebeo Porcelaine 150) in red or blue
  • White porcelain or ceramic dessert plates
  • A star stamp ( I used a stamp from the brand Recollections)
  • A small paintbrush
  • Cotton swabs
  • A paper towel


  1. Wash and dry the dessert plates.
  2. Apply a thin layer of the blue or red paint to the star stamp.
  3. Press the star stamp onto the plate- apply gentle pressure.
  4. If you make any minor mistakes with the paint, wipe it up quickly with a paper towel or a cotton swab (depending on the size of the error).  For larger mistakes and/or spills, follow the instructions for clean up on the side label of the paint bottle.
  5. Repeat these last few steps for each star that you want on the plate.

    Stamping stars onto the dessert plate

    Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
    Stamping stars onto the dessert plate

  6. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours.
  7. Bake the plates in a conventional oven for 30 minutes at 300°F.
  8. Allow the plates to cool to room temperature and then wash the plates in warm soapy water before using them for the first time.

Now you just need to figure out which dessert to serve on your new plates! Berry cobblers, pies, and popovers with strawberry jam are well received favorites this time of year.  I made a popular classic–strawberry shortcake.  I used a cookie cutter to cut the biscuit dough into star shapes to continue with the star theme.

Star shaped biscuits to use in strawberry shortcake

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Star shaped biscuits to use in strawberry shortcake

Whichever dessert you choose it will surely be enjoyed and appreciated!  Happy 4th of July!

Bonnie Thomas


Bonnie Thomas


Bonnie Thomas shares her ideas and instructions for simple Yankee crafts. Bonnie Thomas works full time as a child and family therapist in Southern Maine and is also an established artist and author. She has published two books via Jessica Kingsley Publishing, titled Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities and Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity Through Art, Craft and Journaling. Don't miss her latest book, How to Get Kids Offline, Outdoors, and Connecting With Nature
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