Easy Plate Monogram Project
(and a giveaway)

Easy Plate Monogram Project <br>(and a giveaway)

This week I wanted to show you a couple of simple projects my kids and I have made together recently. I’ll show you one today and the other one next time. My daughter and I found some cute thick black and white cardboard letters covered in cloth at Michaels Craft. We wanted to make a wall decoration for her room using some small white dessert plates and the letters were the perfect solution. Oh yeah, this is EASY!!

These letters are self-adhesive, but you could also use removable tape or vinyl letters if you wanted a more temporary solution (if you wanted to eat off those plates later on or wanted to use some other word later). I don’t have the wall hangers yet, but I took a photo of them on our chair so you could see them! We used the word JOY for the holidays, but you could use this simple idea year round. It isn’t original or ingenious, I know, but it is simple and cute and that is all that matters to me!


Two giveaways on my blog and two on Blissfully Domestic this week! Watch for them!

Easy Plate Monogram Project <br>(and a giveaway)

Today’s giveaway is from a lovely blog friend and Etsy shop owner, Shelbi of Shop Marigold (and Keeper of the Chocolates blog). I just adore her to pieces and it would make me so happy if you would enter her giveaway and become her friend too! She makes the most beautiful jewelry and she is offering a GORGEOUS one of a kind pendant for a giveaway! You can head on over to her site Keeper of The Chocolates to enter and find the link to her beautiful jewelry shop! Tell her I sent you over!

Stay tuned for the winners of the Small House Story giveaway from The Jewel Box Home! The winners have been chosen and will be announced tomorrow (so sorry for the delay, it was my fault).

Easy Plate Monogram Project <br>(and a giveaway)

I am overdue for announcing a new BLOG OF THE WEEK! I have so many wonderful and supportive blogging friends…some from way back and some equally as wonderful but new to me. Vee, from A Haven for Vee, is one from way back! She is a delightful lady and has always gone above and beyond the call of duty to support me in all my endeavors from the earlier days of my blog. So, this week, A Haven for Vee is my blog of the week! Do stop by to get to know her, you’ll be glad you did!


  1. What a wonderful idea- I can see myself doing something like that- and with all the fun little vinyl letters they have now it’s would be so easy to put together a personalized gift- Thanks again for sparking an idea-
    Love it.

    teresas inspiring blog post.."Your Tax dollars at Work"

  2. I love this idea. I’ve been needing an art project for a wall in my dining room.

  3. This is a totally great idea. My girls would love it. What do you hang them with??

    Kelly @ Wisdom Beguns inspiring blog post..Time 4 Learning – Week of Reviews

  4. Cute plates. Love this giveaway too! Jewelry is my weakness…

    Amy from Texass inspiring blog post..Christmas Vacations

  5. What a cute idea, and so easy, even I could do it! Thank you for sharing this. laurie

  6. thank you Melissa :) what an honor to see my jewelry on your blog! thank you sweet friend….and I LOVE those plates! what a very cute idea! you amaze me, how do you come up with all these wonderful ideas? i am so happy you do! i don’t where i would be without your awesome blog of fresh to keep inspiring me :)


    shelbis inspiring blog post..Shop Marigolds December Giveaway!!

  7. yea – another fun idea to do with all these plates I have been picking up at yard sales. :)

    jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlams inspiring blog post..Merry Sitsmas sistas

  8. Cute plates…..however, I must comment on your “Blog of the Week”–Vee is one of the best bloggers around. She’s been a faithful reader of my blog and such an encouragement. I’m very fond of her! A perfect choice for your award! ~Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread

    Kathys inspiring blog post..A Gift and a Season

  9. What a great idea, Melissa! Now I just need to find a time to sneak into town and the craft store BY MYSELF and shop! :)

    Shilos inspiring blog post..Christmas Photo Mats

  10. You fixed it! Love the plates.

    Jens inspiring blog post..Christmas Tree 2008

  11. Love the plates! Such a fabulous idea! I can’t wait to check out the blog of the week and your giveaway buddy! I hope you’re having a wonderful day. Oh – and isn’t Michael’s the best? :o)

    Kacey R.s inspiring blog post..{Easy, Beautiful, Christmas Crafts}

  12. I am so going to steal this idea! LOVE IT! and Joy is the word that keeps going over and over in my head- God is telling me to CHOOSE JOY this year! Thank you!!

  13. I love this idea! I actually just inherited a bunch of old plates that were languishing in my parents’ garage–what a great way to breathe some new life into them.


    kitchendoors inspiring blog post..Menu Plan Monday

  14. What a great decor idea…I love it and I am going to do it. I hope our Michaels has these letters. Thank you so much for another inspiring project Melissa.


    LeAnns inspiring blog post..My very simple Christmas decor…….

  15. What a great and easy idea to bring some christmas time “joy” to the house! Love it! I also Love Shelbi and her jewels…how fun, off to check out the goods in her store!


  16. I love your simple project, Melissa. Very pretty and anything you do with your kid is more special.

    Thanks for the heads up about the giveaway!

    Emily@remodelingthislife.coms inspiring blog post..A Mug of Hot Chocolate Cake

  17. Those plates look fabulous! And I Love the red chair!

    KellyMBs inspiring blog post..Our weekend

  18. The plates are a brilliant idea, so easy, yet so effective!! :-)

    annes inspiring blog post..Portofino and Sante Margherita Ligure

  19. It’s a beautiful idea anda a beatiful giveaway :)

    meninheiras inspiring blog post..Mudanza de cabezallo

  20. What a wonderful project!! I want to try this one for sure!

    Jennys inspiring blog post..Jewel – Good Day (Live Acoustic)

  21. -sighhhhhhhhh- That gorgeous chair again! -sighhhhhh- You have no idea how much I love, love, love that chair of yours. Oh yummm, oh yummm, oh yummmm. It’s good enough to eat. :-)


    Tessas inspiring blog post..The geese are going over… But to where…?

  22. Melissa, I knew that something had to be up! :D

    I am so honored that I can hardly speak, errrr, type, errrr, key. Thank you so much! It’s terribly easy to be supportive of a gal like you!

    Vees inspiring blog post..Just About Ready

  23. Love this!!!! I needed an idea for something I have to do tonight and this would work perfectly!

    ValarieLeas inspiring blog post..BAM!!!!!

  24. I think the joy plates are a great idea! I grab vintage mismatched plates at yard sales, and this could be a totally fun idea to “unify” them.

    Yay for A Haven for Vee! :-)

    laura @ the shorehouses inspiring blog post..When one door closes…

  25. Utilizing the unused things for preparing home decor items. Its really an interesting piece of art.

    Thanks for posting.

  26. Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall says

    This is a great decorating “DIY” idea! So pretty and still so simple to do! Your the best:)

  27. Easy Peasy!!

    You will love Vee!

    Terri Steffess inspiring blog post..Unusual alignment!

  28. I do enjoy Vee’s blog. She is one of my favorites too. I hope you have a wonderful week.

    Carols inspiring blog post..A Christmas Bell poem……..

  29. oh love the plates. fun idea.

    LuLus inspiring blog post..Tabletop Tree

  30. You Win!!! This is even easier than my place-mat pillows! You don’t even have to get out the glue gun? I’m off to Ross to scour the store for my plates… we eat off all the other ones in the house!

    Been thinking of you and the move. Hope house hunting is going well. I can’t imagine putting a move and Christmas even within 3 month of each other. You’ll be ahead of us all on the New Years de-junking!

    Pretty Organizer

    Pretty Organizers inspiring blog post..Decking the Dining Room

  31. I love these plates , I may keep the idea

    le petit cabinet de curiositess inspiring blog post..seats …chairs …armchairs

  32. your blog is full of great ideas

  33. Natalie at FLHomeBlog says

    The plates are such a great idea! I love the idea of changing out the words seasonally, etc.

    Thanks for the heads up on the giveaways!

    (there’s one over at my blog right now)

  34. I absolutely love this idea! Our poor dining room walls have been bare for so long and I was hoping to find something fun like this to do. Thanks for the great suggestion!

    Kristens inspiring blog post..Deck the Halls

  35. I love the plates! What a great idea, it’s easy, inexpensive and it looks so good! I will be checking out the blog you mentioned. Anybody called keeper of the chocolates deserves to be checked out! Have a happy day…

    laurie millers inspiring blog post..Cookie Exchange 2008

  36. What a cute idea with the letters on the plates! I’m trying to catch up on reading my fav blogs after the holiday weekend, and I’m going to go through your last few posts now!!

    Stacey @ The Blessed Nests inspiring blog post..Our Holiday Weekend

  37. I love the letters on the plates! So simple and so cute.

    Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolatess inspiring blog post..Tea for Two-sday ~ Finding Tea Gifts

  38. Wow…these are adorable…and such a simple project. And so much potential for future projects throughout the years…my mind is reeling with ideas :) !!
    Perhaps do this on the outside of clear or lightly colored stemware or juice glasses and put a votive or tea light inside (if there’s no holder for the handle, add a teaspoon or two of water so the glass won’t crack when it’s lit)…then do as you’ve done and spell out JOY …. Noel… HO, HO, HO…or BOO for Halloween…or personalize with a name…or do similar on those Asian tea cups (the ones without handles)…I told you my mind was reeling ;) — any seasonal message will work! You are so clever! Thanks again for sharing with us!!
    P.S. This is a great project for those odd numbers of plates; glasses; mugs; or???…we find at thrift shops and tag/garage sales for a song!! Love it!! Thanks again for the share.

  39. Vee is one of blog friends and I am so glad you honored her for her support to your blog. She has been with me from almost the beginning of my blog too.

    I love the simplicity of the plates and the ease of changing the message. Great idea!

    Miss Sandys inspiring blog post..Bag It, Tag It, Trim It, Top It, and a How To or Two…..

  40. i just can’t believe you are moving at this time of year. you are brave.
    and i also didn’t know it was to start a church…..AWESOME!!!!
    i love you even more miss melissa.

    meg duerksens inspiring blog post..feeling famous

  41. Thanks for the heads up on the giveaway. Here stuff is amazing!

  42. Lavender Dreamer says

    Love your decorating ideas and featuring a blog is a great idea! I have so many favorites, too! Now I have a new one to visit! Thanks!

  43. Melissa,
    Great idea, I never seem to find such good stuff at “my” Michaels. But I will persevere and go look even though I am really trying to keep Christmas decor to an all natural and somewhat minimal theme this year. Like that will ever happen!


    janets inspiring blog post..Rest in Peace

  44. Thanks for the tip! I’ll check it out right away :)

    Tamaras inspiring blog post..We Found Our Container! Time to Get to Work

  45. The plates are lovely. :)

    Thank you for heading me in the direction of another talented artist, jewelry is a weakness of mine. :)

    Jennifers inspiring blog post..December Is Here!

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