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Easy to Make Decoupage Photo Plates - Beautiful Wall Decor!

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This past week, I came up with a project that I wanted to try for my mother's upcoming birthday. How about a wall of photo plates? Great idea and the plates make beautiful decorations!
Difficulty: Easy
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This is a great way to save memories in a unique way as home decor! And the cost? Just pennies. Use dollar store plates and paper copies from your printer. How easy is that?
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I started out with some black and white photos, printed out on my laser jet printer. (Be sure to use a laser jet printer or copier when making copies of your photos for this project). Ink jet printers will cause the ink to bleed when the Mod Podge is painted on.
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I used saucer sized clear plates for this project that I found at Walmart for just $1.00 a piece. Lay the plate over the photograph and trace around the plate.
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Cut out the image...
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To allow for the bend of the plate, trim around as shown. Try not to add trim lines across any faces. Turns out I really didn't have to cut them as deep as shown above- maybe about an inch in.
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Paint the back of the plate with Matte Mod Podge...
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Press the photo face down onto the back of the plate, smoothing out the edges and any wrinkles.
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It should dry in about an hour. Flip the plate over and you should be able to see your handiwork! Once dry, add a layer of Mod Podge to the back. (I found that if I added the Mod Podge to the back when the other side was still wet, that it turned the photo a cool looking green- so I did this on two of the plates for a bit of variety).
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Finally, since the photos didn't quite meet the edges of the plates, I painted the backs a dark gray with acrylic paint and then added a final coating of Mod Podge for protection.
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Some of the plates turned out better than others. But I'm sure my mother is going to love them. The photo above is of my dad sitting on the steps of the house he grew up in. This photo worked well with the plate.
For future photo projects, I will either go for plates without that inner circle or opt for photos that work better with the plates I have. But all in all, I was happy with the outcome. For hanging, most craft store and Walmart sell plate hangers, or you can sit them on plate easels on a desk. This particular process can be done with any print out, or even fabric! Lot's of variety here. I think mom is going to like her birthday present.
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  • Joy
    Joy Layton, UT

    We did this with calendar pages once. And instead of painting the back we put colored tissue paper on with the Mod Podge. Gold is a great color.

  • Barb in Texas
    Barb in Texas Houston, TX

    I think you're wrong, your mom isn't going to like this, she's going to LOVE it! What a thoughtful and meaningful gift.

  • Marian
    Marian Fletcher, NC

    Yes

  • Marilyn
    Marilyn Baltimore, MD

    I love the concept, but I have a ton of white saucers from Corelle as I always seem to drop all the other pieces from the set. I end up buying the set (which is cheaper but then I end up with even MORE of the dreaded white saucers. Anyone have any

  • Giorgia
    Giorgia Brazil

    super idea

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