DIY Rae Dunn Inspired Dishes from the Dollar Tree

Ordinary dishes from the Dollar Tree are transformed into a set of DIY Rae Dunn dishes. These farmhouse dishes are an easy, budget friendly Dollar Tree craft.

Are you a Rae Dunn enthusiast? I love the simple phrases on Rae Dunn pottery, and I love scouring my local Tj-Maxx for new dishes to add to my collection.

But sometimes authentic Rae Dunn just isn’t in the budget, or I can’t find what I’m looking for. I’ve seen tutorials for DIY Rae Dunn dishes using a Cricut, but I wanted to find an option for crafters like myself who haven’t taken the plunge into the world of vinyl cutting machines!

I was browsing my local Dollar Tree one day when I found a set of stickers that resembles the Rae Dunn font. Since then, I’ve used them to make so many fun Rae Dunn copycats.

First, I made a set of Fall dishes. Then I made a set of Dunn inspired Christmas ornaments here. For this project I wanted to get back to basics and make a set of farmhouse dishes that could be enjoyed year round.

DIY Rae Dunn Dishes Supplies

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  • White dishes, from the Dollar Tree or elsewhere
  • “Chocolate” Stickers from the Dollar Tree – Found in the wall decal section
  • THIS Modge Podge
  • Paint brush
cups, modge Podge, stickers. supplies for diy Rae Dunn dishes


Start by cutting out the individual letters from the set of stickers. Cut as close as you can to the letter so less of the background shows on the dish.

Think of a phrase that you’d like to put on the dish. Although the sheets don’t have every letter of the alphabet, there is still so many word possibilities with just a few sheets of the stickers!

Lay out the phrase to make sure it will fit nicely on the dish.

Then, gently peel back the backing of the stickers and apply them to the dish.

adding letters to the diy Rae Dunn dishes

Now its time to add the Modge Podge. This will seal the dish and make it washable.

Paint on the first layer of Modge Podge. Let dry. Then apply at least 1-2 more coats for durability.

The Modge Podge takes 28 days to fully cure. So put those new dishes on display for the first month before use!

I used the dishwasher safe Modge Podge to give the dish the most protection. Full disclosure, the instructions say it’s not supposed to be used over stickers. I did run a load through the dishwasher to test it out and the stickers did not peel.

I choose to hand wash mine now to give them the best chance of holding up long term.

Here’s the finished dishes!

Cute, right? These aren’t an exact match to Rae Dunn, but for a little over $1 a dish I thought they turned out pretty darn cute.

I had a blast seeing what words I could put together. It’s like scrabble, but better. I’d love to hear in the comments about the dishes you made.

Looking for more DIY projects? Check out this article with 13 home decor projects you can complete in a weekend!

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Looking for a fun set of farmhouse dishes? These DIY dishes are inspired by Rae Dunn!