Pottery Barn Knockoff Clock Plates

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In honor of daylight savings time this weekend, I’m bringing you a set of DIY clock plates. I’m pretty sure I’ve never decorated for daylight savings time, but there is always a first. (Of course you could also use these any time of year)

My inspiration comes from Pottery Barn who sold sets of clock plates back in 2010. I couldn’t find any for sale at the normal online auction sites or anywhere online so I’m going to make my own.
Start out with downloadable clock faces you can find on the internet.
I’m printing the clocks  on tissue paper because regular paper would be too stiff to flow over the edges of the plate.

To print on tissue paper…
Cut a piece of tissue paper a couple inches wider and a couple inches longer than a standard piece of copy paper.  Iron as many wrinkles out of the tissue as you can.  Wrap a piece of copy paper with your tissue, taping in place.  If your tissue paper has a shinier side and a flat side, make sure you print on the flat side, it will hold the ink better.  It’s ready to use in your printer.
Look for clear glass plates at the thrift store, dollar stores or Walmart.  You shouldn’t pay more than $1 a piece.

Print out your clock face making it as large as you possibly can on a standard piece of paper.  Cut out.
Use a soft bristle brush to give the underside of your plate a thin coat of  ModPodge 
With the right side of the clock facing down, gently lay your tissue in place smoothing with your fingers.  Don’t overwork the tissue or it will tear.  You will find that there will be creases in the tissue on the sides of the plate, flatten those as best you can.

If you make a mistake, just start over.  Modpodge removes easily with warm water.
Give the outside another coat of Modpodge to seal.
I gave the bottoms of my plates a coat of white spray paint  ( you can also paint on a layer of white).  This will make the tissue a little more opaque and leave a border of white around the top of the plate.
I probably would have just sealed the underside of the plates with one more coat of a spray on varnish  or another coat of the regular Modpodge, but I had just a little of this  Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Waterbase Sealer leftover from another project .  Make sure you follow the directions on the jar…this Mod Podge takes 28 days to cure and needs 2-3 coats.

If you don’t like the creases in the tissue paper, this project may not be for you.  They don’t affect the look of the plate but they really are unavoidable.
My finished set of Pottery Barn plates.  Since I already had the Mod Podge and tissue paper, the entire project cost me $4 for the clear glass dishes.

Come visit me for more pictures, clock clipart links and pics of my original Pottery Barn inspiration dishes.

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  • Gruber Gruber on Oct 16, 2018

    How much did it cost? ;)

  • Mary A. Bonnett Mary A. Bonnett on Feb 25, 2020

    Mary in Horse Shoe

    Did you print this in your regular printer? How did you get it to feed through? I soooo want to try this project!!!

  • Marlene Marlene on Feb 26, 2021

    I assume that these are safe to eat off of, since the mod podge is only on the back of the plates but what about the edges?


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