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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?

  • 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.

  • Judy
    Judy Irving, TX

    You make more work than is necessary: When I make them I apply glue or Mod Podge to the back of the plate, place the plate on the on the front of the fabric, give it some time to dry, the trim the excess.

  • Craftybobbie84
    Craftybobbie84 Hockessin, DE

    Hi everyone! I suggest, when cutting the picture to fit the plate, first turn the plate face-down on the picture and trace around the perimeter. I do this project with fabric or scrapbooking paper. This way the edge of the plate is covered. I cut

  • Babs
    Babs Summerville, SC

    Love the idea! I thought of using this idea for a small space in my kitchen and copying some of my old favorite recipes instead of pictures. Thanks for the idea!

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie Jupiter, FL

    What a lovely gift for your mom. She will love it! Thank you for sharing this, it seems easy enough that I probably could do it! I also love the idea of using pics from a book!

  • Kristy Campbell
    Kristy Campbell Uniontown, OH

    Thinking of trying this with square plates-the recipe idea sounds great too-thanks for the idea!

  • Elisabeth
    Elisabeth Thornton, TX

    Great idea! I might try it with a little different twist. I will use a larger plate and cut the photo to fit in the center. Then I can use different colors to make 'frames' around them. Thanks for the great idea.

  • PJ Kelley
    PJ Kelley Nashville, TN

    I did this YEARS ago, only I used simple Elmer's glue. I've also used Mod Podge, but the Elmer's school glue is a lot less expensive and does the same job. It's a snap to do! I've even cut pictures out of magazines of items they were selling and

  • Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey

    Your mom is gonna LOVE this! Super instructions too, thanks!

  • Arlene
    Arlene Los Lunas, NM

    Everyone says use a laser printer to avoid ink run. I've never had this problem. This card box I made for my parents 70th anniversary party was made with an inkjet printer and modgepodge. As long as the picture is dry it should work on the plates

  • 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.

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