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gold herringbone trinket dish

This easy DIY is a scenario where I saw these little white dishes at Target and thought, “blank slate!”.  I had no clue what I was going to end up using them for, but they were the perfect size, so I couldn’t pass them up.  They’re been sitting on my desk for a few weeks and since I’m a doodler, I whipped out my gold sharpie and started scribbling right on the plates.

There is tons of sharpie art out there on the inter webs, but I just loved how easy, but impressive this one ended up.  It actually makes me think of this little teapot at C. Wonder – which wasn’t my intention, but ended up being pretty comparable… and all for just $2!

Gold Ikat Herringbone gold ikat with a sharpie

If you’re not good at free handing a design, keep on reading to see my easy way to get all those scribbles nicely placed.


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Start by scribbling one parallelogram in the center of the dish down an imaginary center line.  Following its lines, make one above and one below your first shape.  Keep the sides all in a line.

Then, make the same four parallelograms like a mirror image.  I staggered mine slightly so that it wasn’t an exact mirror image.

gold sharpie herringbone 2 gold sharpie herringbone 3

It helped me to make the two side lines, then fill them in so that the angle was consistent. Tilt the dish a bit to get into the dips, but other than that, just keep making more parallelograms that are all parallel to each other!  It’s like a throwback to geometry class!  If you mess up, just make some artistic scribbles and keep going, once it’s done, it will look good!

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Ikat Herringbone Gold Dish

To make it dishwasher safe, set the dish in a COLD oven and then turn the head up to 200.  Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then turn the oven off and let the dish cool down.  I probably wouldn’t use it for direct food contact, but for some jewelry, wrapped candies or mints, you’re golden… literally!

I’m actually pretty surprised that something which started as a desk side doodle ended up being one of my favorite things.

Any accident DIY’s in your neck of the woods?  Care to share?

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  • Absolutely love how simple and easy this is, and it still looks really beautiful! I have a plan to make a couple of similar tea-light holders in silver too, so many thanks for the inspiration.


  • Your design came out great. I love how simple you made the project look, because when I first saw the picture it seemed much more complex. Love it!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  • Love this!!!! So simple and sweet — and the price is perfect for my student budget 🙂

  • This turned out beautiful! I would love to use this to hold all my sunglasses & keys in my entryway!

  • Omgosh – can not get over how easy and cute this is! You are one clever girl!!

  • Erin,
    Did you use an original Sharpie or a new oil based Sharpie marker?
    Thanks! Love this project!

  • Seriously, making this plate was that easy?! I need to have this plate in my place. Quick weekend project, anyone?

  • it’s darling! my favorite sharpie project i’ve seen…love the gold!

  • I know everyone has already said this, but here I am again. Seemed really complex when I first saw it. Thought would be one of those DIYs that involve masking tape and gold leaf. But wait.. This is beyond simple and beyond stunning. Also what I love about this DIY is your little dishwasher tip at the end 🙂

    Thank you so much for this Erin.

  • I love a good DIY. It is not my talent. This is so cute.

  • this is pure genius! i am going to make it TODAY. love love love.