You don’t have to be royalty (or rich) to serve your meal on china emblazoned with your monogram—or a personalized detail. All of these pieces were embellished with waterslide decal paper. We laser-printed sheets with butterfly, bow-tie, and silhouette clip art, then transferred them onto inexpensive plates with a technique similar to temporary tattoos. (Any at-home printer will work; once set, the images are permanent and food-safe.) While making 200 for a big reception may be a tad ambitious, it’s a fun idea for a shower, or use them only at your reception’s head table. Find the full how-to below.

By Julie Vadnal
September 16, 2015
Raymond Hom


  • Clip art or design of your choice
  • Inkjet or laser printer
  • Water-slide decal paper
  • Scissors
  • Bowl or cup
  • Ceramic plate


1. Print clip art images on decal paper following the manufacturer's instructions. With scissors, carefully cut out designs leaving little to no extra border.

2. In a bowl or cup of lukewarm water, soak the cut-out design for 20 to 40 seconds, or until the paper backing starts to slide off.

3. Remove paper backing and place decal on clean ceramic surface. Gently smooth out any air bubbles and excess water with finger.

4. Let dry for 3 hours. For waterproof and dishwasher-safe items, bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes and let cool completely before use.


Waterslide decal paper, $24 for 25 sheets,

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