modern jewelry dishes & Sharpie paint markers


as the supervisor and display lead at Fred & Betty’s thrift store, i am often searching for new ideas of thrift store crafts to share with our followers on Instagram.  there are so many clever ideas available, but not always modern, so i decided to create my own!


after picking up several glass dishes, small bowls and containers from the thrift store, i headed to Michaels to pick up some new Sharpie oil-based paint markers, and a couple new bottles of acrylic craft paint.  my goal was to create several styles of ring & jewelry dishes.  i had been wanting one to set on my bedside table to put my earrings in at night (i always forget to take them off until i lay down!), and i wanted to make more for gifts.



these Sharpie markers are awesome!  they work on virtually any surface: wood, metal, glass, pottery, rubber, plastic, stone… and they come in lots of vibrant colors.   for my purposes, i went with gold and silver metallic markers, and glossy black.  they are AP certified and xylene free.  as always, i pulled up my Michaels app on my phone to get a coupon (#neverpayfullprice).


i had so much fun thinking up different designs for each different type of dish!  i used painter’s tape on the backside of my dishes to tape off the areas i wanted to keep clear, and just used a knife to scrape off any acrylic paint that bled under.  then i used my Sharpie paint markers to add in all the fun details!


aren’t they so fun!  and they are all different.  some i used Sharpie on the back side then painted over it.  others i used the Sharpie on the backside only in areas that i had not painted.  and still on others i used the Sharpie on the top side of the glass which added another dimension with the Sharpie designs on top and paint color underneath.

here are some details of my favorites:


for the design above, i taped off a section, painted it, then drew a floral design free hand all over the unpainted section, then highlighted part of that with a layer of acrylic craft paint behind the Sharpie flowers.


the light color required several coats of paint.  spray paint may have been faster, but i really like mixing my own colors, and i couldn’t find the exact color i wanted in a spray.  after getting a solid pale peachy-pink, i used the metallic gold Sharpie paint marker to draw starbursts on the inside of the bowl.


for this larger design, i taped off 2 sections on the back and painted them, then layered a simple free handed scallop design on the front.  i learned if i made a mistake that nail polish remover on a q-tip worked great to remove tiny errors!  after they were finished, its a good idea to seal the back sides with a clear coat.  also note, these are not meant to be food safe, but for decorative purposes only.


i love how pretty they all turned out!



and now the tough decision is… do i keep this pretty bowl beside my bed?


or this vintage-made-modern tray?  these are life’s big decisions, you guys ;)


Be sure to check your local newspaper and online for Michaels coupons while supplies last! All Sharpie Paint Markers are BOGO 50% off at Michaels June 5th through 11th and again June 19th through 25th while supplies last.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie Paint Marker, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SharpiePaintCreate

what i wore

welcome to “what i wore” at the pleated poppy!  share with me your fashion posts and we can inspire each other!  i started this originally as motivation to get out of my daily uniform of jammies or sweats, but now i am encouraged and held accountable to put a few extra minutes aside for myself and try new things.  i’d love for you to join me!

some weeks i have lots of outfits to share (like last week), and some weeks not so much.  this is one of those weeks.  we had the chaos of gracie’s 13th birthday party to get ready for, but also made a last minute trip again (another 24 hour trip) to visit family.  when we go out of our normal routine, i tend to dress more casually (like pjs), or forget to take pictures.

what i wore at the pleated poppy: blush blouse, white skinny jeans, gladiator sandals

cardigan – old navy {similar} //  pink blouse – forever 21 {similar} //  white skinny  jeans – target //  gladiator sandalsstitch fix //  earrings – nickel & suede

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1. link to your specific blog post, not your blog’s main page. ex: not

2. please only link outfit related posts. your craft project may be adorable, or that may be a great giveaway, but this linky is for outfit related posts only – thank you!

3. please please please link back here to me so all this wiww stuff makes sense to your readers. and its just nice to do ;) grab a button from my sidebar (see the code box?).

4. check out as many links as possible! i am constantly inspired by so many outfits each week! and you will definitely find some new blogs that you’ve never stumbled upon before – so fun!

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