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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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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Mar 4, 2016

    These are fabulous!

  • Amy Mohd
    Amy Mohd Carmel, IN
    on Mar 4, 2016

    I just have to do this and share with my craft sister Mrs S S

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Mar 5, 2016

    Oh how imaginative! Always something new and interesting on HT!

  • Mary   Garner
    Mary Garner Buffalo, NY
    on Mar 5, 2016

    Great idea, might even line them down the stairway. Looking forward to trying this.

  • Rebouchage
    Rebouchage France
    on Mar 5, 2016

    This is a really spiffing idea, and great for phographs of people that you want to remember.

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie Canada
    on Mar 5, 2016

    Modge Podge to the rescue again. I think my next container will be a gallon purchase! Your plates are a terrific idea and a nice change from typical photo frames on a wall.

  • Donna
    Donna Beulaville, NC
    on Mar 5, 2016

    Great idea. Thanks or sharing

  • Homeroad
    Homeroad Huntington, NY
    on Mar 5, 2016

    Adorable and a great idea!

  • Irma Parkman
    Irma Parkman Washington, DC
    on Mar 5, 2016

    Love it. Might do some of my picture

  • Stephanie Rountree
    Stephanie Rountree
    on Mar 5, 2016

    Clever!

  • Sherry Fram
    Sherry Fram Charleston, AR
    on Mar 5, 2016

    Great idea! Love it!

  • Cindy
    Cindy Houston, MN
    on Mar 5, 2016

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Judy
    Judy Grand Prairie, TX
    on Mar 5, 2016

    When I did this, I cut a small circle just the size of the inner circle, put the picture of my G Gram on it, and then covered the back with an antique looking fabric. For my once military daughter, I used a color pic and did the same with a military fabric.. both turned out great....as did yours....

    • LyonStill
      LyonStill Hercules, CA
      on Mar 5, 2016

      @Judy The 'crease' of the circle distorts some of the faces so I think Judy's method would be better. Either way, a very nice way to display pictures of loved ones.

  • Ann
    Ann Patchogue, NY
    on Mar 5, 2016

    I'm going to try this with some old windows I found

    • Ruth Richardson
      Ruth Richardson Canada
      on Mar 5, 2016

      @Ann Great suggestion. This might even work using a "block poster" print of a picture. I found this technique along with tips on printing and assembling at www.blockposters.com

  • Ila McClendon
    Ila McClendon Addison, IL
    on Mar 5, 2016

    Love love love this!!!!!!!!!

  • Britt Lundgren Bryant
    Britt Lundgren Bryant Atlanta, GA
    on Mar 5, 2016

    You can also use the rectangular glass frames that have clip edges. They are more expensive but work

  • Janie Hinojosa
    Janie Hinojosa Mission, TX
    on Mar 5, 2016

    Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Shirley Tortington
    Shirley Tortington Canada
    on Mar 5, 2016

    I made these years ago. used coloured pics, also from magazines, did a family album of plates, also put paper doilies on back so it shows throgh around pics, also added small artificial flowers on front of plates, like a wedding photo or small spot in corner to set it off

    • Joy martin
      Joy martin Gonzales, LA
      on Mar 6, 2016

      I also made these years ago. Such a fun project! Some I put lace around the edges, or used a gold paint pen. The ideas are endless! :)

  • Jerry
    Jerry Lawrenceburg, TN
    on Mar 5, 2016

    VERY GOOD IDEA, AND GIVES OPTIONS OF DOING OTHER THINGS WITH PLATES.

  • Captjohnandbecky
    Captjohnandbecky Madera, CA
    on Mar 5, 2016

    Love it!!! Very clever. I'm checking out your site. It's looks pretty cool.

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