It’s a Cinch – DIY Music Lyric Plate

Make a Music Lyric Plate - the perfect gift!

To know me is the realize that I will only do an easy craft.

If it involves anything requiring the least amount of patience, I’m out.

My Music Lyric plate fits the bill – it took me less than 5 minutes!

$2 DIY Song Lyric Plate - personalize for any occasion (the perfect gift)!

I was inspired by this Halloween plate from Brooklyn Limestone where she wrote the words from The Raven.

$2 DIY Song Lyric Plate - personalize for any occasion!

My plate is for The Hubs who, being from Jersey, is a true Springsteen devotee.
So of course I had to write the lyrics from Born to Run.

How to Make a Personalized Song Lyric Plate

* Dollar Store White Ceramic Plates ($1 each)
* Porcelain or Vitrea Marker 
(I used Vitrea – it’s for glass but worked perfectly on the plates and they can also go in dishwasher) 
* Painters Tape

$2 DIY Song Lyric Plate - personalize for any occasion!

* I put blue painters tape across the plate as a guide and moved the piece of tape down when I finished a line.

* I only used the rim of the plate but you could write across the whole surface if you like.

$2 DIY Song Lyric Plate - personalize for any occasion!

The Porcelain marker directions say to wait 24 hours for the plate to dry then bake it in the oven at 300 for 40 minutes.

I plan to make three more plates with my (and my girls) favorite lyrics
(I foresee some Bieber & Taylor Swift)!

So for $7, I have 4 personalized plates that took less than 20 minutes.

$2 DIY Song Lyric Plate - personalize for any occasion!

Baby, I was born to run – and so are you (to the Dollar Store & Michael’s)!

Great news – see how my song lyric plate has held up to hundreds of trips in and out of the dishwasher here.

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  1. i LOVE this project!!!! oh the possibilities!!!! i sure have tons of plates and i have the markers and…well i guess i have no excuses…i have to get to it since it is a CINCH!!!! you rock my friend!!!! : ) hugs…

  2. Okay, I am loving this! I pinned it! And now I must run out to the Salvation Army & Michaels so I can make plates for everyone in my familly …

    Seriously amazing idea!



  3. Have you been watching over my shoulder, guess who just ordered those pens? Yes, it was me! I am going to make some for the lake :) I love yours, you go girl!

  4. This is so cool! I’m working on my cinch project, but I keep getting sidetracked haha!

  5. Wow! That’s really cool. I would love to try that someday.

  6. Pinned it, tweeted it, I’m clearly in love with the idea. The down side for me is I have awful handwriting, like incredibly bad. I’m thankful that by the time I got to architecture school everything was on the computer so I didn’t have to fail at hand-lettering:) Maybe I’ll bribe someone with nicer script to come do it for me…

    • Thanks for the pin/tweet!
      Just consider your handwriting “artsy” and if anyone questions, look down your nose in disgust!

      I don’t think my handwriting is great – a bit illegible but it works! (I’ll write yours – just say the word)!

  7. love this!! saw the same plates at Halloween! love the idea of the lyrics! thank you so much for sharing! 😉

  8. What a crazy awesome idea! I saw that Halloween plate too, but it never occurred to me that I could do something for the everyday…Love that you used lyrics! Jumping on the pin bandwagon…

  9. Kelly,

    I LOVE this project…..seriously…..I love, love, quadruple love it. You had me at cinch!

    I can’t wait for the party.


  10. That is totally AWESOME. Sorry, the Valley girl showed up. Anyhow… LOVE them. Super cool idea. And so customizable. Yes, that’s a word. Because I said.

  11. What a lovely idea – would be great as a wedding gift – say all the bridesmaids and groomsmen writing a message to the bride and groom as a keepsake. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Love this! And your handwriting looks like a font…one that I’d like to download please. :)

    • Kristi,
      I thought my handwriting was kind of sloppy – I’ll call it artsy!! Can’t compare to Brooklyn Limestone’s version!
      Testing out my new auto response (that you taught me)! Let me know if you receive this automated message.

  13. Glad you liked it.

    Have you tested it out in the wash? I thought the vitrea paint was for clear glass only. Wondering if it works on ceramic as well as the porcelain one.

  14. Now, this is just a cool as it can possibly be. I love it….

  15. Kelly, this is just a genius idea!! I can see endless possibilities here. Pinning this next! I hope you will link this up next weekend. Don’t forget, I go to WordPress tomorrow! You will have to drop by to see my new look and my big announcement about a certain project at a certain magazine :)

    • How exciting!! You’re such a tease!! Can’t wait to see what the big news is!
      Good luck with WP – if you need a great teacher – I know a gal who’s starting up video classes – she’s taught me so much already!

  16. I’m making these for sure! Thanks, brilliant girl!

  17. Genius, Kelly! I’m pinning this project — how fun for special occasions (and EASY and CHEAP)! Thanks for sharing!!
    xo Heidi

  18. Wow, that does look like a cinch. This would make such an inexpensive gift. I’m off to the Dollar Store!

  19. These are so cute! I made bowls a few years ago and the paint is starting to come off a tiny bit, but we use them everyday. The writing is on the outside. Fun, cute and inexpensive- can’t beat that! I love that you used lyrics.

  20. Cute idea..and wonderful penmanship!

  21. ooh, this is going to be so cool at my Derby party, words to My old Ky home!

  22. What a fabulous idea Kelly!!! So simple and inexpensive too. Having good handwriting is a PLUS too!
    I’d love for you to share this at a party that I have going on at Project Queen.

    Hope you stop by! I’m a new follower via L.F. Love your blog. Great ideas and SO inspiring!

  23. Girls night out we got together and painted thrift store glassware last year for Christmas presents. I love your lyric plate idea and pens give you so much more control. Painting letters was sooooo difficult. So many gift ideas for the worded plate are swirling in my head. Will share and pin your awesome cinchy project:)

  24. Brilliant! This would make a great gift anytime of the year. You’ve got the wheels in my head turning so fast. Thanks

  25. Great idea! I love sentimental gifts and this would be perfect. I’d like to make something similar on a coffee mug! You have beautiful handwriting. 😉

  26. Hey Kelly- awesome idea, I’ve got to go thrifting to pick up some plates! I was clicking around your blog, wanted to let you know that your kitchen demijohns are supreme. Thanks for visiting for a song :)

  27. I love this! Your writing is so pretty! I’m a big fan of fast and easy – projects that is 😉

  28. Cool! So great that you’re personalizing each plate with lyrics that each member of your family loves. Heck, you could personalize almost anything that’s ceramic and moderately flat!

  29. Such a super job. Love the plate! What a great idea.

  30. This is fantastic! I’ll definitely be giving this a try!

  31. What’s not to love…this is awesome!

  32. This is just beautiful. What a great idea. I wish I could try it, but I worry that my handwriting isn’t as lovely as yours. :)

  33. I think this would be so much fun to do as a family craft! I will be running like Bruce to those stores! Thanks for the inspiration and great idea!

  34. This is such a great idea with so many possibilities! We’d love for you to share this at our first ever Beautify It Monday link party going on right now!

  35. This really looks wonderful. i don’t know if I would do such a good job with my handwriting though! Did it really take 5 mins?

  36. I have never seen this before! What an amazing idea.

  37. Such an awesome idea!! I LOVE it!!

  38. I love this idea! I am getting a little bored with some plain white mugs and this is giving me an idea about jazzing them up!

    Happy to join one of your challenges again.

  39. What a cute idea! These would be perfect for gifts.

    Just wish I had better handwriting :)

  40. Love this. And you have awesome handwriting.

  41. That looks awesome! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  42. LOVE this, it’s so cool!!! thanks for linking up to VIF! xo

  43. Thank you so much Kelly! Sharing this today at my party! -K

  44. Wow, this is amazing!

  45. I. LOVE. THIS. PROJECT!!!! Oh my goodness! Sharing this on our facebook page.

  46. totally smitten with your project!

    hope you’ll visit soon–a great giveaway hapenning:



  47. Awesome!! This plate is so cool. And I’m with you…if a craft isn’t easy, it’s hard for me to even think about doing it. So this is right up my alley! I’d love to use a plate like this on my plate wall in my dining room. Thanks so much for the inspiration! :)

  48. Great project! I love the easy stuff too!!

  49. I just pinned it :)

  50. We are going to make these at our craft group tonight!!! Not sure of how the handwriting is going to look as the wine bottles empty…lol… but it’s a cute idea! Thanks for sharing it.

  51. What a fun project … you have me thinking about all the fun lyrics I could put on a plate!

  52. Great way to personalize a plate, and much cheaper than ordering one. Thanks.

  53. OK, seriously you just messed me up. I now have a thousand songs swirling in my head. lol. But seriously this is such a wonderful idea. These would make amazing gifts (After I make my own set of course). Now I just need to work on my hand writing. :-) I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our WIW linky party. Hope to see you there.


  54. Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial! This plate is wonderful! I’ve featured it today at Grits & Giggles. Come grab a featured button.

  55. I love this craft! This would make such an awesome gift – so personal. I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for linking up.

  56. I’ll be featuring YOU tonight at {wow me} wednesday! You were one of the top ten most viewed links from last week’s party! Wahoo! :) Thank you so much for sharing.

    Ginger @

  57. *fist pump* I’m from Jersey as well! This plate is awesome. I meant to do something like this for my sister’s bridal shower, I bought the plate just never bought the marker. It looks great.

  58. Love this project! I’ve been wanting to try this out for a while now. I just need to decide what to write on my plates! 😉

  59. Hi Kelly! I hope you don’t mind but I’ve linked to this post from my blog (and used a picture too) as you inspired a project for a friend’s birthday present (also for my Wedding Anniversary, but I’ve not blogged about that yet as it’s a surprise for Mr.D!!) If it’s a problem, let me know and I’ll take the link down immediately. I love your song lyric plates, and I’m totally stealing the idea to write “our” song on a couple of dinner plates for our anniversary dinner!!!

  60. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    I so want to try this! thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  61. Just curious…which dollar store did you find the ceramic plates? I can’t seem to nail any down! Thanks for the tips! :)

  62. I love this. I have some beautiful white plates my Mom gave me last time I was at her house and I just hadn’t done anything with them. The outside is an open pattern so I was thinking chalk paint in the middle, but on second thought I like this much better.

  63. that is fantastic!! i may actually try this one! :o)

  64. Aaarrrggghhhh! My Michaels Store is discontinuing both of the pens. Time to order online!!

  65. How very cool!

  66. wow that’s awesome! thanks for the inspiration =)

  67. Deborah Seeley says:

    I love this idea…I do have a question though, are those markers food safe?

  68. Deborah Seeley says:

    Are those markers food safe

  69. I love this idea! I’m pinning this; you could do so many different things with this! I have a brand new link party going on and I’d be thrilled if you would share this over there so everyone else can see it!

  70. Love this! I have plates on which I’ve written poetry on my walls :)

  71. I’m going to work on this project with my daughter as a Father’s Day gift for my music loving husband.

  72. This would be an awesome gift to make for a wedding anniversary. Thanks and I can’t wait to try it out!

  73. My friend Andrea is a big Green Day fan and all around music fan. She took up guitar a couple of years ago. Sadly she and her husband will be moving across the country in less than a month. This will be the perfect (simple and inexpensive) but so personal and meaningful going away gift for her. I think I will do two plates one with songs lyrics from her favourite group and one with mine. Bryan Adams is my all time fave and he has a song called You’ve Been a Friend to Me which I think is fitting.
    Thank you so much. Glad I found this.

  74. Shanna Swann says:


    1. Write lyrics to favorite Holiday tune and include a plate of homemade cookies.

    2. Have kids write letter to Santa on the plate and use the plate for milk and cookies for him. Then display the previous plates as memories for the kids.

    3. grandparents: draw handprint of kid and include their writing around the plate.

  75. This is SO GREAT! We did a girls’ night in && this was one of the projects! I ended up writing Jack Johnson’ banana pancakes song on the plate && it’ll be perfect to serve, well, pancakes! 😀 Thank you!!

  76. I was wondering what part of the store you found this marker in? I went to hobby lobby and Michael’s with no luck in finding it and the employees didn’t help me at all. I really want to do this but couldn’t find the markers.

  77. They should be oven safe, since we’re putting them in the oven right?

  78. Wow, your plate is gorgeous, it turned out really well! I have this linked to my DIY dinnerware post too today!

  79. I love this!!!

  80. I had NO idea this was possible and you have no idea how excited I am now! My daughter wants a tattoo of some of her favorite lyrics in my handwriting. Maybe she’ll take the plate instead?! :)

  81. Love this idea Kelly. I like The Boss too.

  82. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing this!

  83. So I’m wondering.. now that its been a few months.. paint still holding?! You still loving them?!

  84. Fantastic! Everyone will be getting one of these this year! Would be te most awesom hostess gift, so personal! Love it!

  85. Seriously?! My hubs would love to get a plate like this. I’m going to have to try this out (glad to see you didn’t use a Sharpie. I saw some fails on that trick.) Thanks for sharing.

  86. This is such a great idea! Simple really is the best for me as well, since time is so limited by working and raising children.
    Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas!

  87. Hi, Kelly,
    I am linking to you in a round up I’m doing about great Valentine’s projects. I am linking to both this post and your site. If this is not okay with you, please just let me know. Love your project!
    Marty@Marty’s Musings

  88. I am SO going to do this! Thanks for the instructions!

  89. What a great idea!! I love it! Thanks for sharing it again, I missed it the first time. Adding this to my never-ending project list!

  90. Thought this would be a great b’day gift for my son (will be 44) – would write about the day he was born. SO, no luck at Dollar Tree or Dollar General on the plates and no luck city-wide on the Vitrea marker. With no time for ordering, I found plates at Target and Walmart and will have to use oil-based Sharpie markers. Off to compose! Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  91. Such a smart idea to use a song… some of us can’t find the right words… but picking a great song is an awesome idea!

  92. I’m kinda scared to try this because I have really bad handwriting….

  93. Kelly loved this project! It turned out great!

  94. I love your idea, my only problem is my handwriting. It’s terrible! Any suggestions as to how I could do this without my handwriting on it? Maybe Mod Podge?

  95. This looks so effortless and beautiful. Pinning this for later!

  96. Thanks so very much for the Lyric Plate and etched glass ‘how tos’…..going to work on some projects for my son and new daughter’s wedding anniversary.

  97. Thank you SO MUCH for pinningthis. My daughter/friends will love it!

  98. Joyce Fast says:

    Are these plates safe to eat from?

  99. I love this idea. I didn’t see in the directions what kind of Pen you used. I would love to do this for my daughter for her birthday. My husband passed away in December 2015, and I would love to do his favorite song on it for her birthday. I know she would love this. Thank you for a great idea. Sheri

  100. D. Montijo says:

    I love this and have already made some. Are there copyright laws about writing the song lyrics? I’ve tried researching it.

  101. I love the plate idea as a gift. I am going to make one for my 25th wedding anniversary as a gift for my husband on June 22nd. I also plan to have my kindergarten students make it as a Christmas gift for their parents. I purchased a large multi pack of colored Sharpies. They will offer a nice variety for kids. Thank you!!! :)

  102. I love this beautiful idea, thank you for sharing! I hate, however, that my handwriting will never look as pretty as yours does – but I’m going to try it! :) Thanks again!

  103. I was thinking of doing this… I have a close friend who is getting married. I am going to use there wedding song!! LOVE IT!!


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