You are going to be excited when you see the project I’m going to show you in this blog post. I guess I shouldn’t make presumptions, but I am definitely loving this project.
I love several things about this project, but one of the best parts is you can really customize the look, color scheme, pattern. And the materials list is quite short.
For this project, you will need:
I found 2 sizes of clear glass plates at Dollar Tree. Dinner plates and salad or dessert plates. For the tissue paper, you can find patterned paper usually in stores near the gift wrap, but I found this tissue paper on Amazon, and I will include the link.
Wash your plate and dry completely. Then wipe down the back of the plate using Isopropyl Alcohol and a paper towel or cotton balls. This will get rid of any residual oils that may have even transferred from your hands.
Get a piece of tissue paper that you like and plan to use. I have seen a lot of people use paper napkins for this project, but I absolutely prefer the tissue paper because it holds up better and doesn’t tear as easily. The advantage of the paper napkins, though, is that you can probably find more of a selection in patterns.
Cut a circle from your tissue paper that is about 2 inches larger than your plate. This way it’s an easier size to work with but it also has enough extra tissue to go around.
Take your sponge paint brush and paint an even layer of Mod Podge all over the back of the plate.
THIS IS IMPORTANT!! Paint a layer of Mod Podge on the right side of the tissue paper (meaning the side that has the most color). Then you are going to lay the tissue paper, carefully onto the back of the plate so that the front of the tissue paper shows through the plate, from the bottom.
After laying the tissue paper to the back of the plate, gently work your hands over the entire back of the plate, pushing any major bubbles to the edge of the plate and out. You are going to have some wrinkles, probably a few bubbles and maybe even a tear or two. That’s ok! Just lightly press tears back together and continue to smooth out the paper. Let the Mod Podge dry about an hour, or dry to the touch. Do this with 3 coats of the Mod Podge and then let it dry overnight.
When your plate and tissue paper are dry, lay the plate, face down, on a surface that can be cut. Use an Exacto knife or box cutter to very slowly and very carefully to go around the edge of the plate, trimming off all of the excess tissue paper.
This plate will, technically, be dishwasher safe on the top rack. Personally, I would continue to wash this plate, gently with a soft sponge and do not soak it. These plates are great to be used as dinner plates or perfect as serving plates that you can decorate to go with any color or any theme.
For a gift, you can make one of these plates, and then load it with cookies or cake and give it to a friend or neighbor. It’s a beautiful plate and even more special because you made it!