While setting an elaborately designed dinner table is always a lot of fun, sometimes it’s just so much easier to entertain with disposables — and when it comes to casual summer entertaining, we can totally get away with it! We’ve always been huge fans of bamboo dinnerware because it allows us to serve dinner sans the post-meal dishwashing duties, but is also super modern and sturdy. So when our team headed out for a mid-day picnic a couple weeks ago, we were looking for a way to give our favorite bamboo plates a colorful boost, and as is often the case, a coat of spray paint was just the ticket. Keep reading to learn how to add this banded rim to your disposable dinnerware and instantly infuse your next backyard get-together with a pop of unexpected color.

  1. Turn paper plate upside down and center and center on top of bamboo plate. Place weight in center of paper plate.
  2. Spray exposed edges of bamboo plate and let dry.

*photos by Camille

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Comments (22)
  1. 1
    Ashley A August 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Love these!! Great idea. Any suggestions where to buy the bamboo plates?

    • Chanel Dror August 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      There are a few different brands. We prefer Bambu, which can sometimes be found at Whole Foods, but if you don’t have luck there they can always be ordered online 😉

      • Ashley A August 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm

        Thanks! Can’t wait to try these

        • Jeff Delkin August 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm

          This is really cool idea to customize and colorize our plates. First we have seen of this. Love it! You can buy directly from us at http://bambuShop.com. Thanks all!

          Jeff Delkin
          owner | cofounder

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    Jennifer August 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Beautiful idea! And that baguette sammy looks super yummy (can you tell I’m ready for lunch?) Anyway, I can’t wait to try this!

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    Freya August 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Oh I love this!

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    Andrea August 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    What a cute idea!!
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

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    Heather August 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Is there a certain type of spray paint that should be use since it may touch food?

    • MLP August 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Agree with @Heather—is this idea food-safe?

      • PinkSodaPop August 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

        That is my question as well… is this food safe?

        I know that shellac is a food safe laquer… wondering if sealing this with a matte shellac would be important before introducing foods…as regular paint could leech onto food.

        Anyways…. brilliant idea and quite stylish..even if just for decoration (Would be great to use this idea for plant stands and potted plants!)

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    Victoria August 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    They look great. Excellent way to co-ordinate with decor, theme and just for fun.

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    Jen August 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    love this! simple with so many possibilities. Adding this to my go-to event planning idea list ASAP. thanks ladies!

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    Erin | House of Earnest August 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I love this! So cute, easy and makes a huge impact!

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    Morgan August 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Love this… SO clever!

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    juley August 8, 2012 at 11:09 pm


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    J Cole August 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Great idea but many spray paints can have DANGEROUS materials within them, especially the metallic ones. Be sure to check the ‘Material Safety Data Sheet’ for the proposed paint before eating off them. This idea would be great if you recommended using natural dyes that don’t contain the poisons inside like spray paint!


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    Jen May 24, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Very cute, but I would not want spray paint near my food.



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