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Dishes of Darkness: Pottery Barn Inspired Halloween Plates

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Learn how to make your own Pottery Barn Inspired Halloween Plates with our free (and creepy) printables. We’ll show you how it’s done!

Since last year, I’ve been eyeballing Pottery Barn Halloween appetizer plates. Instead of using them as normal dishes, my plan was to use them as decor pieces around the house. Figures, by the time I finally decided to buy them, Pottery Barn wasn’t carrying them any more.

Photo Credit: Pottery Barn

Well… What does a crafty one do when she can’t get the original? Make something similar! With that plan in mind, I started searching for some plates that I could use to create similar Halloween plates. Luckily, around Easter time I found 4 light cream color plates at Mom’s thrift shop, Second Chance Shop. The plates not only were excellent for the job, but also were a dollar each. Even better, Second Chance Shop had the Easter sale going on so all items were 75% off and 4 plates cost me only a dollar in total.

white dish on a table

Seeing beautiful Halloween indoor decorations online, I thought I should start working on my Halloween plate project. So I took the plates from storage and I started looking for some eerie images to transfer to the plates. I found some great images online, but if I only used the images the plates would look rather empty. So I added Halloween poems as the background of those images. After two evenings of work I was pretty happy with the final version of the images.

If you’d like to use these images for your own projects you can find the high resolution versions at the end of post. Please remember they are only for personal use.

With my usual method of image transfer I transferred above images to my 25¢ plates.

doing image transfer to a diy halloween plate

For the final coat I used Rust Oleum’s Clear Triple Thick Glaze.

diy halloween plate with a spider and edgar allen poe verses

I am really happy how they turned out!

diy halloween plate next to other halloween decor
creepy halloween plate with skull

Unfortunately they can’t be used for serving food, but my plan was to use them purely as Halloween decoration… And they are perfect for that purpose!

Don’t you agree?

diy halloween plate

Now it’s time to click on the button below to download today’s free Halloween plate designs – they are all in the “Halloween” section of The VIP Patch.

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  1. These are so awesome! Love them…when you printed out the images (and thanks for sharing them), did you cut them from the white copy paper and then put them on with Mod Podge or something??

  2. What an awesome project. Your plates are just too cute. Thanks for the great tutorial and for sharing this at our link party, Dishing It & Digging It.

  3. This is pretty wicked! I love your Halloween decor. Wow, you go all out. I can’t do this because my girl doesn’t like scary stuff, but this would be cool to do for a Halloween party. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. See you this Sunday.

  4. I cannot get the Plate decor to download. i love these. really want to do them for this halloween.

    1. Hahaha – then you are at the correct blog, Connie! I generally start planning for Halloween just around when we hit Easter, lol. No worries about the printables – I just sent them directly to your e-mail. I hope you’ll like them 😉

  5. What a comfort knowing that I am not alone in thinking and planning for Halloween in August (or July, or May or January…). Love these plates! I have plain white plates that are crying out for this project! I may just leave them up all year! I cannot see the link for the download, though. Can you forward that via e-mail? Thanks! And I love this blog! Keep up the inspiring work!

    1. Thank you so much, Sharon! I am so glad you liked the Navage Patch. Oh yes – we love Halloween and we are definitely early birds when it comes to Halloween planning 😉 I will forward the plate designs to you right in a moment!

  6. Hi, I am obsessed with Halloween and I just love these plates but am unable to download the images. Could you please send them to me through my email. Thanks so much!!

  7. Halloween is my favorite holiday. Would truly ejoy adding your designs, to my decorations. Thanks for you hard work

    1. Thank you so much, Rose! I’m so glad you like these designs. There will be more Halloween printables this year (late September / early October), so you might want to check them out too 🙂

  8. I love these plates ! Getting ready.to make them for my not so little daughter ( lol) !
    I read your transfer method and while I Mod podge all the time I ‘ve never tried this method , I do have a quick question will this work on any hard surface ? I am making several sets of tile coasters as Christmas gifts and I adore the way the plates turned out. Will the same method work on the tiles ?
    Thanks bunches ,
    I just finished the butterflies under glass and it turned out way cool !!! Think I will try one with birds for the spring .

  9. These plates are fantastic! When I try to find the free dowload it redirects me too many times and I can’t open it. Can you email it to me please?

    1. Hi Lori, sorry for the late reply. I’m not sure how I missed it, but seeing your comment just now. I’m not sure why it does that, but no worries, I’ll be sending the direct link to the files to help you out. Please check your email shortly for an email from me. 🙂

  10. I loved your suggestion for using glass and putting them on the back!! I want to do these this year but I keep getting the redirected too many times too =/.

    1. Hi Jessica, please check our Printables FAQ page for solution to the “Too Many Redirects”. The link to our Printables FAQ page is on the right hand side of the main menu.
      I hope this info helps! 🙂

    1. Hi Millie, as a principle we don’t email our printables out. But you certainly can download them from The VIP Patch. For that of course you’ll have to be a subscriber as mentioned in the post.
      I hope this info helps! 🙂

    1. Hi Mo,
      I haven’t tried tattoo on a glazed ceramic yet, but I tried it on a glass and I know it works on glass. Here is another idea: you could also use water decal on ceramic. But once you finish the project make sure to spray a clear protective coat.
      I hope this info helps! 🙂

  11. Hi Again,

    Where can I find the cool skull picture where it’s half skull / half trippy skull? There are no words behind it. I have gone through all of the Halloween pictures and cannot find that one.

    Thanks so much!! Cheers!

    1. Oh that one… That one is not part of our free printables, because it was someone else’s artwork and I don’t have the copyright for it. But you can search on google and i’m sure you’ll come across the same one.

      1. Hello, I hope this finds you well. I have been searching for hours for this image out in the ether, no luck. Can you suggest a keyword for searching or a point in the right direction? This image is EXACTLY what I need for a Christmas present I am creating.

        Thank you.

          1. Thank you so much for your quick reply even though this post is many years old, Your dedication to your fan base is one of the many reasons I subscribe. Keep posting great things! Happy holidays.

  12. Love these! Nice work. I’m thinking if you modpodged them onto the backs of clear glass plates, you could use them.

  13. I tried this project and it didn’t go too well. Maybe the Mod Podge? Mine was the dishwasher safe one. In trying to get the paper off, it was sticking too much to the plate and then some of the lettering also came off. So back to the drawing board. Any tips?