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!
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?
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.
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.
Cut out the image...
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.
Paint the back of the plate with Matte Mod Podge...
Press the photo face down onto the back of the plate, smoothing out the edges and any wrinkles.
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).
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.
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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  • Vikatoria Kabakoro
    Vikatoria Kabakoro
    on Jun 2, 2019

    There is no mod podge anywhere near me. Any suggestion on another kind of glue that does the same or a diy mod podge?

    • Grandma D
      Grandma D
      on Dec 15, 2019

      Use watered down white glue, and when dry, seal it with polyurethane. I wouldn't run it through the dishwasher and would handle carefully because it can scratch, but you should be able to serve cookies and things like that on it.

  • Russ Bettlach
    Russ Bettlach
    on Sep 13, 2019

    In order to compensate for the un-even edges of the photo graph -- how about applying a decorative braid, ribbon or trim first - let it thoroughly dry and then

    apply the photograph and trim the edges of the photo against the trim -I would stll paint the back of the plate for an even finish. Also how about using square plates?

  • Vicki Hopkins Adkins
    Vicki Hopkins Adkins
    on Mar 5, 2020

    Love the photo idea! Did you prepare the plate in any way? I'm asking because I tried using fabric on dollar store plates and the Mod Podge left streaks. Looked awful! Any ideas why this happened? Thanks!

    • Vicki Hopkins Adkins
      Vicki Hopkins Adkins
      on Mar 6, 2020

      Thank you for your reply, Susan! I used a sponge brush, but I will try a paint brush. I have a granddaughter who is graduating from high school in May. I thought of an idea for her graduation party and that is using your inspiration and make plates with photos of her as she grew up. Can't wait to get started!

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  • Anne Pellegrino
    Anne Pellegrino
    on Jan 3, 2020

    Yes, love the recipe plate idea! Will try with grandchildren! Ages 12 and 10.

  • Paula Calloway
    Paula Calloway
    on Jan 24, 2020

    I also do candles with photos. I use a hair dryer and glitter sometimes easy to do also, but I love the plates Thank you.

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