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15 DIY Upgrades for Plain Old Dishware

We use our dishes three times a day so why settle for boring dishware? Whether you’re whipping up an epic meal, or just plating some take-out, your daily routine deserves a little TLC. To make every breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight snack a little more creative, we’re dishing about the 15 best DIY tutorials for upgrading your dishware.

1. His and Her Mugs: These might be the most romantic mugs on the planet. They would be a great gift for an anniversary or Valentine’s Day. Can you believe they were made with a sharpie? (via A Beautiful Mess)

2. Kate Spade Inspired Dishware: We’re kind of obsessed with Kate Spade and we’re loving this DIY take on these gorgeous gold polka dot dishware. (via The Glossy Life)

3. Painted Mug: Turn your plain mug into a hand designed statement piece with a ceramic paint pen and a little imagination! (via Atlas Weddings)

4. Terracotta Dishes: These might be the ultimate dishes for a garden party. Easy to make, they’re truly unique pieces that could be used either as serving dishes or dinner plates… or even both!(via High Walls)

5. Frosted Glassware: Frosted glassware adds an elegant touch to any occasion and definitely take your morning mimosas up a notch. (via Something Turquoise)

6. Chalkboard Dishes: Fun and functional, adding some chalkboard paint to your dishes lets you label them for each meal and make sure no one is accidentally sharing glasses at your next dinner party. (via Brit + Co.)

7. Lolcat Plate: Adorable, hilarious, and totally geeky, this plate is as easy to make as it is awesome. (via Mrs. Ferguson)

8. Plasti Dip: We recently discovered Plasti Dip as a super versatile crafting material, and customizing your silverware with the color of your decor is such a great use for the stuff. It’s simple to mix your own color, and even simpler to dip your utensils for a pop of color. (via Style Me Pretty)

9. Wooden Utensils: Take disposable wooden utensils to the next level by decking them out in fun patterns and bright colors. (via Griottes)

10. Retro Scribble Painted Glassware: The neon scribble makes these glasses trendy and retro. Get ready to look adorable while you sip lemonade out on the porch swing. (via My So Called Crafty Life)

11. Lace Painted Glassware: Add a feminine touch to your glassware with a bit of lace and some pastel paint. The pretty effect is a great way to turn plain glasses into something event-worthy. (via Ashley Thunder Events)

12. Neon Tipped Dishware: Add a pop of color to flea market porcelain pieces. If you’ve got a bunch of mismatched ones, paint them white first to make the neon really stand out. (via Mr. Kate)

13. Gilded Champagne Glasses: Up the glam factor of your next champagne toast with a bit of gold on your glasses. Just add a flapper-worthy dress and thank your lucky stars Prohibition is over ;) (via Fabric Paper Glue)

14. Gilded Plates: Why should champagne get all the glitz? Turn any meal into one straight out of The Great Gatsby with this easy upgrade to disposable plates. (via Running Blonde)

15. Screen Print on Thrift Store Dishes: Thrift store shopping is one of our favorite weekend activities. Add a contemporary twist to your vintage finds with some fun screen printed graphics. (via Apartment Therapy)


What daily activities deserve a DIY upgrade? Did we miss any epic dishware tutorials? Talk to us in the comments below or over on Twitter.