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
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