Friday, December 18, 2009

How To Make A Decoupage Plate

I think that decoupage plates make really great gifts for all occasions.  They do take an investment in time, but are well worth it in the end.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

Pictures cut from books/magazines
Clear glass plate
Decoupage glue
Foam brushes
Gold leaf foil kit for antique finish
Gold spray paint (preferably metallic)



·         Gather some photos from books or magazines to create your plate design.

·         Clean and dry your plate to prepare it.

·         Cover your workspace with wax paper. 

·         Lay out your photos how you want to place them on the plate.

·         Turn your plate over because you will be gluing pictures to the back of the plate. Work your way from the center out to the edges.  Use the foam brush to apply the decoupage glue according to the directions on the brand you’re using. Then press things into place. Turn the plate over without setting it down and check for bubbles or excess glue.  Carefully smooth things out with your fingertips if necessary.

·         Once you have finished applying the decoupage glue to  your pictures, allow your plate to dry overnight.

·         Once the decoupage glue is completely dry, you may remove excess glue using a cotton swab dipped in water or finger nail polish remover.

·         Follow the instructions on the gold leafing kit you’ve chosen to paint the areas of the plate not covered with photos.  Allow to dry overnight.

·         Once the plate is completely dry, lightly tape the front edges of the plate. In a well-ventilated area place the plate face down over newspaper and spray paint the back gold. It is better to use several light coats, allowing the paint to dry completely before applying more paint. Let the paint dry completely over night.

·         Using a permanent marker or black paint, you may wish to sign and date the plate on the back. After that has dried, apply a coat of clear polyurethane over the back of the plate. Let dry.

Your finished decoupage plate should be used for decorative purposes only.

You never know, you may have just made a family heirloom to be passed down through the generations.

I love the thought of that.  Don’t you?

Happy Creating!

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