Painted Halloween Cake Plate

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Retro Halloween PlateI know what you are thinking. It’s too early for Halloween. Summer just started and astronomical summer doesn’t start for another couple of weeks. For me it is never too early for Halloween or late for that matter. If it were up to me I would leave my Halloween decorations out all year long.

Any-hoo, I found this picture on Pinterest a few days ago and thought it was adorably old fashioned. I have no idea where to find it because the link on Pinterest was not good. If anyone knows where it came from or what it is please let me know so I can give credit.69b8b0a9daa055d84dcabece6aaacb1d

I had a wooden cake plate that I bought to paint a Christmas scene on. Of course, I changed my mind and thought this Halloween scene lent itself to the plate much better.Retro Halloween Plate


I pulled out our projector and hooked it up to a laptop. I traced the moon and everything it encompasses onto a piece of paper. It wasn’t easy since our walls are textured. My outline was very shaky looking but I knew when I transferred the design onto my wood I would be able to fix it.

The first thing I did was base paint my cake plate black and when it was dry I transferred my image onto my plate.Retro Halloween Plate

Retro Halloween Plate

I learned a couple of things while I was transferring the image onto the plate, I don’t need to transfer the details on until I have the main parts painted, and that graphite paper leaves flecks where you don’t want it to.Retro Halloween Plate

Once the outline was there I filled in all the orange starting with the moon and then moving to the smaller areas.

Retro Halloween Plate

Retro Halloween Plate

I went back and added all of the detail lines of black and orange after that.Retro Halloween Plate

The last thing I did was add the cream colored stars and the moon’s teeth and eye.

Retro Halloween Plate

Retro Halloween Plate

To finish I added a few stars on the border and then sealed the entire plate.

Retro Halloween Plate

I used Americana acrylic paint in the colors Lamp Black, Buttermilk, and Canyon Orange. The multipurpose sealer I used was also from Americana.

Retro Halloween Plate

I might try to take the stand off of the plate so I can use it as a wall decoration rather than a cake plate.

Retro Painted Cake Plate

Here’s my mantel this year with the cake plate propped up for decoration. It fits well and I don’t think it will have any cake on it.

I’m linking up with these parties.


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  1. Hi Kileen – I absolutely love your plate! I’m a huge Halloween fan and especially anything vintage holiday. Visiting from Flamingo Toes and pinning. Have a great week!

  2. This is so neat!! I must admit, I decorate more for Halloween than Christmas. I am just a sucker for all those little trick or treaters. 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing to the Monday Mish Mash.

  3. Wow you did such a fantastic job. I wish I was more creative and crafty at times – especially around seasonal holidays. Definitely motivated me into trying though! #ThatFridayBlogHop

  4. I’m so glad you shared this with us at Merry Monday! I absolutely love this project so I’m glad our party-goers get to see it this week. 🙂

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