garden china.

Thanks so much for all of the fabulous comments on Friday’s post!  If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I’m giving away some paint from Dixie Belle’s new Desert Collection.  You have until Friday, April 15 to leave a comment to be eligible to win.  So go back and do that if you haven’t already.

If you’ve followed me from years back, you’ve seen this before … so I apologize if this is a repeat for you.  But I like to make what I call ‘garden china’.

It’s a great way to use some of my stash of pretty dishes.  Especially the ones that are too crazed to be used as actual plates anymore.

Please note that it is not safe to eat off china that is crazed, ie. has tiny cracks all over the surface like the plate above.  Those cracks can harbor tiny unseen bacteria that no amount of cleaning can remove.  So, don’t ever use crazed china for food.

I simply add words that I cut out of adhesive vinyl on my Cricut to the pretty dishes and then use them in flower pots.

I’ve been known to do the same thing on other items too, like orphaned enamelware lids.

Or other enamelware pieces …

If you don’t happen to have a Cricut for cutting your own vinyl words, using the Classic Vintage Label transfers from with prima work great for this too.

Back in the days of the occasional sale that my friend/picker Sue and I hosted, we had LOTS of pretty china.

We’re talking the hey day of shabby chic here.

I don’t have a stash quite as fabulous of that these days, but I did have a pile of floral china from garage sales last fall or recent thrifting.  So I pulled them all out and whipped up some garden china.

Most of them got Cricut words, but I did use a Classic Vintage Label on this pretty platter.

I’ve priced them ranging from $8 to $14, the $14 belonging to this fabulous ‘welcome’ platter.

That one would be perfect in a flower pot next to your front door.

I took these in to the shop last week, and I’m hoping to find some more pretty plates in the coming weeks to add to the basket.

One last note, if you’re wondering whether or not the vinyl words and/or transfers hold up outdoors, they absolutely do.  I have several plates that have been outside for several years and still look great.

In fact, my house number plate has been hanging outside all year round, including our frigid winters, for at least 7 years or more …

and it still looks just as good as the first day I hung it.  And yes, that is the same adhesive vinyl cut out on my Cricut machine.

Also, not to worry, if you ever want to remove the vinyl or a transfer you can scrape them off using a razor blade.  So, no china was harmed in the making of this blog post.

14 thoughts on “garden china.

  1. I love this idea! I made some when you first gave us this idea. All of them sold. Maybe I need to make a few more for this spring. Thanks for revisiting this! 😊


  2. I miss the Shabby Chic days, I love beautiful China, this is a great idea for those odds and ends, I will be using this idea in my garden this Spring!


  3. Oh my, that welcome platter is fab! Also saw several others in the basket I would snap up in an instant if I was near. Funny you should mention shabby chic. I don’t know if you are familiar with the brand Cabbages and Roses but I just bought a set of their bedsheets yesterday. They actually have a blue color way which is my fav. Although my full-on shabby chic style is no longer, I still love to incorporate bits of it throughout.


  4. Love them! I do prefer the words from the cricut over the decals though. I’ll have to find someone that has one!


  5. Thanks for updating this post! I have been collecting china & finally have a cricut but was too lazy to search for the original post


  6. Hello!
    I would love to be entered in the drawing for the desert paint!
    And what an awesome use for old china! I have tons that I really don’t have any use for but they are just so pretty I can’t get rid of them!!
    May I ask how you attached the address plate to your siding?!
    Thanks so much!


    1. That plate is just hanging there via one of those wire plate hangers. I’m actually a bit surprised that it has stayed in place so well. There have been only a handful of times that I have taken it down for safekeeping during storms with massive winds, otherwise it has worked out just fine.


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