painted tea set

Cus­tomise your crock­ery to cre­ate this adorable per­son­alised col­lec­tion that’ll bring a fun twist to teatime – it makes a fab gift, too

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Add per­son­al­ity to plain china with this fun and easy make

Add some char­ac­ter­ful mo­tifs to mugs, plates and teapots with our step-by-step guide to decorating crock­ery, then oven-bake your de­signs to set them. We’ve drawn a sim­ple fox and owl but choose any­thing you like – why not try a friend’s ini­tials to make a per­son­alised christ­mas gift. head to our blog to down­load these free.

We rec­om­mend ap­ply­ing the de­signs to the out­side of the crock­ery only, to avoid di­rect con­tact with food and drink.

First test your de­sign on a piece of paper, then use one or more sharpies in your cho­sen colours to draw onto the tea set. if you make a mis­take, use rub­bing al­co­hol on a cotton wool pad to lift it off and start again. look on­line for de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, or copy our wood­land crea­tures.

leave your items to dry out com­pletely for 24 hours be­fore baking in the oven. Place them on a baking tray in the oven be­fore switch­ing it on to 220°c/gas 7. Bake for 30-45 min­utes. turn off the oven but leave the pieces in­side to cool down com­pletely. this will help to pre­vent cracks caused by a sud­den drop in tem­per­a­ture.

Malmo table run­ner in spruce, £16; orla Kiely owl tray, £30, both john lewis

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