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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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Got a question about this project?

  • Ruheena

    Very good idea. Try and cut the print a bit bigger to the plate and I am sure it will fit fully at the back. If it more bigger than the plate then it can easily cut to size.

  • Sle_ensor
    Sle_ensor Tupelo, MS

    I have got to ask a question that has nothing to do with the plates they are beautiful by the way good job, the middle two plates the one with the man and woman is the girl any relation to the Ensor family?

    • Susan Myers
      Susan Myers Villa Rica, GA

      @Sle_ensor No relation. Sorry! The girl is me!

  • Sle_ensor
    Sle_ensor Tupelo, MS

    Thank you, the likeness to me as a child is uncanny

  • Laura H
    Laura H Garland, TX

    I made photo plates like this 15+ years ago when my boys were playing baseball. I made them using the team or individual photos and sold them. I painted the backs with coordinating colors. I also made some with other photos for gifts and even made

    • Pamela Mines
      Pamela Mines Joliet, IL

      @CityGirl Rajan I agree, especially for certain photos.

  • Debra McMenamin

    Wow this is beautiful

  • Helena
    Helena Ontario, NY

    That's a great idea especially black and white photo's. I have a lot of old pictures that placing them into a frame doesn't justify. I can make copies of them and make this project

  • Wendy Ann Short

    That's a very, very Great Idea and thanks for sharing

  • Jennifer & Kitty O'Neil

    What a great way to create personalized wall art! We love this!

  • Betty
    Betty Richmond, VA

    When I made mine I used a gold paint pen and put a gold rim around it. Fyi

  • Pamela Mines
    Pamela Mines Joliet, IL

    Great idea! Very creative. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ruth Smart
    Ruth Smart Canada

    Love this idea !!!!!!

  • Sandi Reynolds
    Sandi Reynolds Searcy, AR

    how about you put the picture on the front of the plate instead of the back?

    • Elizabeth Jones

      if you paint it with clear varnish that would protect it, also your modpodge/PVA glue painted over the picture would protect it, you may need to paint several layers of modpodge

  • Diamondvalleygirl

    We did this for a tea party. Each of our mother and grandmother guests got a plate with appropriate photo, at their place setting. What a wonderful surprise for each of them!
    Yes, I agree about getting the photo to "fit" better in the center. Good

  • Betty Hammond-Wirsen
    Betty Hammond-Wirsen Springfield, MO

    If you would like to make a little more lasting piece like this you can get laser printer water slide decal paper and print the photos on that. Then follow the directions to adhere them to a plate and bake the plate for 1 hour on 200 degrees. It will

  • Donna
    Donna Henderson, NV

    This is a great little project that is easy enough that I did it! Now I'm taking a bit further and am going to with Halloween inspired fabric or those wide burlappy ribbons that come out now and use them to hold candy or something at an annual

  • Patti Mercier
    Patti Mercier Minneapolis, MN

    I did this several years ago for my sisters only I did it as a collage with their baby picture in the center.

  • Teresa
    Teresa Canada

    I think I will do this with a photo of each of my grandchildren, then serve them something so they can have broccoli hair, and carrot mustaches!

  • Angie Perry
    Angie Perry Moncks Corner, SC

    I do this every year for little kids I put their picture on the plate fill it full of SpaghettiOs let them eat and find out who it is. I put clear coat on the back and I hand wash them and eat out of them

  • Emily
    Emily Cape Elizabeth, ME

    I do traditional decoupage, that is where each element is cut out separately. It is my craft, so in my work there is always a background to be treated. Yes, you can hand wash these plates, and yes you do coat then with polyurethane. I use plate

  • Gail R Jenkins

    I cut pictures from well-loved children's books and added pictures separately on each plate -pictures from the book "Rainbow Fish" came out especially nice. Could be hung in a nursery or playroom.