Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cheap Plate Decor? Yes, Please!!

I love using pretty plates in decor.  There are so many out there and you can really find great ones at thrift stores and goodwill and places like that.  But, sometimes it is hard to find just the right colors or styles.  Or, maybe you want to do something personal on pictures, or a pretty poem...and so on, and so on. Well, this is a technique that has been around for quite a while.  But, it is so easy to do that I just had to try it when I ran across some precious fabric earlier this week. You can also use tissue paper, regular paper, pictures...really the sky is the limit with this one.  

You will need 
1. Clear Glass Plate(s)
2. Mod Podge
3. Paint Brush
4. News Paper (or something to protect the surface you are working on)
5. Coffee can (or something like it to allow plates to dry on)
6. Razor Blade/Scissors 
7. And of course whatever you choose to use...fabric, paper, etc.

First: Wash and dry plate

Second:  Cut out fabric leaving about an inch around to be sure there is enough to cover the rim of the plate

 Third: Paint Mod Podge on front of fabric, coating well

Fourth: Turn plate upside down and lay fabric on back of plate.  Turn over and be sure it is placed where you want it then smooth over back of plate being sure to get out any bubbles.


Fifth:  Lay upside down on top of something with a large rim and let dry at least 2 hours (overnight if possible).

 Sixth: After drying, use razor blade or scissors to carefully cut excess around the edge.

Remember, you can wipe off the top of the plate but do not submerge in water. If any of the Mod Podge gets on the front, just scrape off with your finger nail or something that will not scratch the plate.   Display however you wish!!

I have other ideas for this technique....I want to do my boy's silhouettes and display them this way.  Also, thought it would be fun to make holiday plates this way!  Just have fun with it and it will be awesome!!                                                                                      


  1. very cute idea! I can make a few plates like this to distribute my christmas candies! so many options! Thanks for the inspiration! I'm your newest follower!

  2. That is exactly what I was thinking...some for every holiday! Thought about doing one for each of my boys with a pic from xmas and xmas paper or fabric behind it!

  3. And, thanks for following me!