My inspiration for these decorative plates came during a trip to a local art gallery. Being the collage fiend that I am, I was instantly drawn to a display of artfully collaged plates and platters in a dazzling array of colors. The plates were selling for $80 + each – not an unfair price for a one-of-a-kind piece of art, but more than I wanted to pay. I observed one of the plates up close and realized that the artist had Mod Podged the back of a clear plate with a variety of papers and some glitter.
Utterly inspired, I made a beeline for the exit and found the nearest dollar store to load up on clear plates. I already had a heap of pretty papers and a drawer full of glitter at home. That evening my daughters and I collaged our first plate (this is a great project for kids!) and the result was even better than I expected.
Not only would these make great dessert plates, but also unique handmade gifts for your wedding party. (Note: these plates cannot be submerged in water. They must be wiped down by hand with a cloth.)
Here’s how to make ’em.
- You will need:
- Clear Glass Plate (mine was just under 10 inches wide)
- Clear candlestick (this is optional)
- Mod Podge
- Paint brush
- tissue paper
- various origami or scrapbook papers
- dyed doilies (optional)
Gather your paper.
Rip paper into various shapes and sizes.
Sprinkle glitter onto Mod Podged areas.
Add a layer of tissue paper to create a uniform look on the back of the plate. Cover with Mod Podge.
Set plate on a cup or glass and let dry overnight. No peeking!
You can leave the plate as it is or add a stand.
To make a stand, follow the instructions in this DIY cake stand tutorial. That’s it! Brilliant, huh?