DIY Dollar Store Table Setting – For Any Occasion!

DIY dollar store place setting - black white polka dots, stripes, chalkboard placemat

My Christmas decorating is now complete with 4 days to spare! The last thing on my to-do list was to set the table for Christmas dinner, but I wanted a fresh and funky look that I could use for other special occasions such as New Year’s Eve and beyond. I also didn’t want to spend a fortune on new dishes and placemats. So, like I have been doing for the past two weeks, I ran to the dollar store for inspiration!

I bought 4 sets of plain white dishes, one square and one round, and then two sheets of black bristol board. I already had a black Sharpie pen from previous projects as well as a white paint pen for the chalkboard style placemats.

DIY Dollar Store Place Setting - white plates

I’m sure by now everyone has heard that you can make a permanent design on ceramic dishes by using a Sharpie and baking it in the oven for 30 minutes at 400 F. I decided to test it out and had great success with it. A word of caution though, I’ve seen other bloggers try to wash these in the dishwasher afterwards and it’s not pretty, so it’s recommended that you hand wash with warm soapy water instead.

So for mine, I started off by drawing black polka dots on the round plates and then black stripes on two of the square plates and plus symbols on the other two. Don’t worry about being perfect with this, I like the more natural look when it’s hand drawn anyway.

DIY Dollar Store Place Setting - Polka Dot Plate, Sharpie

DIY Dollar Store Place Setting - Striped plate, Sharpie

DIY Dollar Store Place Setting - Striped plate, Sharpie

For the placemats, I folded the bristol boards in half, cut them to make four, then traced my silverware and two upside down glasses with my white paint pen in the proper order of a table setting.

DIY Chalkboard Style Placemats

What I like most about this placemat is that it reminds me of how to set the table properly so I won’t forget :)

DIY Chalkboard Placemat

Once your plates are ready, put it all together and this is what you’ll get! I also added the words YUM and EAT on these rectangular trays to serve hor d’oeuvres and desserts on.

DIY Dollar Store Place Setting - stripes, polka dots, chalkboard placemats, trays

I find that the polka dots and stripes remind me of Kate Spade so this would be an inexpensive alternative if you love her dinnerware but not the price tag.

I’m also getting the placemats laminated so that I can use them again in the future, but if you’re just looking for something quick to impress your dinner guests, then you can recycle them afterwards.

DIY Dollar Store Place Settings - stripes, polka dots, chalkboard placemats, trays

I’m going to take a break away from blogging for a few weeks while I relax and spend time with my family, and I hope you get to do the same :) Merry Christmas everyone!

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