I wanna do thos!!! Bought these at dollar tree for $1 a piece. Got a silver permanent marker for $.94. Doodled on the plates, then baked them for 30 minutes at 150 to make the designs permanent. Now I have a cute plate set for only $4.94 :]
Vinegar works as a wood stain when you add a metal object in the mix and let it sit in a glass container for a week. A handful of pennies will produce a beautiful pale Caribbean blue stain. A wad of steel wool will give you a rich reddish hue. A combination of tea and a metal object in vinegar will produce a black stain.
A little science...This would fascinate kids. Rainbow roses, you can do this by splitting the stems into strands and placing each one in food coloring the roses draw the liquid coloring into the petals, amazing!