Fall Serving Tray featuring Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints


Last week I shared my review of the Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints from Plaid and you got a sneaky peek of a work in progress. But today you get the whole tutorial of how I transformed a “blah” glass serving dish into a lovely fall focal point!

Can you believe that I found a plain chip/dip glass serving platter at an outlet for under $7.00?? And with a little Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint and silk screens, I transformed it.

So let me show you how!

You’ll need:

  • Glass serving tray of your choice
  • Fall Serving Tray featuring Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints by Plaid in Metallic Gold Opaque, Habenero Gloss Opaque, and Mace Gloss Opaque.
  • “Leaves” Martha Stewart Glass Silk Screen
  • Foam Dauber

To prep the glass, you’ll want to swab it down with rubbing alcohol- I used a medical prep wipe- to make sure that the surface is clean and free of oils.  Next, add squirt of each color on a paper plate. I blended the colors on the dauber so that the leaves would be mottled just the way our maple leaves are in Ohio this time of year.

Next, you’ll need to cut the screen you want to use from the sheet. Trust me, you won’t be able to rip them, even though it looks like it’s perforated. (Ask me how I know.) After you cut the image out you want to use, remove it from the paper backing and place it smooth/sticky side down onto the UNDER or OUTSIDE of the glass. (Even though these paints are non-toxic, they are NOT meant to come in contact with your food.)

Smooth the silkscreen down and you’ll find that it sticks quite nicely. Now pounce the paint through the screen.

Remove the screen as soon as you’ve covered the area. Rinse the screen off immediately- you don’t want that paint drying in the screen. I just gave it a quick rinse between prints. Cover the area and let it dry a minimum of an hour before doing the next step.

Since I wanted to paint the rims, I very carefully placed the platter right-side-up and pounced the edge. I think it gave it a cool brushed-metal finish. But be super careful- the paint is not really cured and is susceptible to scratching off.


To cure, you’ll need to place your pieces in a COLD oven and close the door.  Cure as directed:

There are two methods for curing the Martha Stewart Glass Paints.

  • The oven-curing directions are as followsAfter drying for 1 hour, place in cool oven. Set temp to 350 degrees F and bake for 30 min. (Glass must heat gradually) After 30 min turn the oven off. Let glass cool completely in oven. Don’t use for 72 hours.


  • Air dry method: it will cure after 21 days and it will be dishwasher top-shelf safe!

Your glass needs to heat up slowly and cool down slowly to avoid shattering. It took my oven 3 hours to cool off, so actually the oven-curing method, while shorter, still turns out to be a 4-hour process. I just want you to know so that you are prepared!

Here’s a little tip: if you are worried about scratching the paint like I was, you can invert your bowl an place it on an old jar. 

So there you go. I used it to serve up some crudite this weekend:

It think it looks really festive and high-end. Pottery Barn, eat your heart out!

This post was sponsored by Plaid and the Blueprint Social. All opinions are my own.

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7 Responses to “Fall Serving Tray featuring Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints”

  1. brandi Says:

    I love your glass painting gorgoeus!

  2. Jill Says:

    This is a lovely project. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Tonya Staab Says:

    Such a festive idea, perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner.

  4. Amy Anderson Says:

    Love the tray but also your nail color! Both are awesome :D

  5. Noreen Says:

    The paint really dresses up the dishes!

  6. Heather - Dollar Store Crafts Says:

    Clever idea to build your own serving tray!


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