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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

.:Decorative Plate:.

Once again, this is not my idea! I'm good at doing other people's ideas! :) My sister in law's sister did this awhile back, and I've just gotten around to trying it. I used it to make a decorative plate. My friend made a couple yesterday with cupcakes on them to use for her kids' birthday plates. So there are lots of different ways you could use this idea!

Don't look too closely at mine! I had a little trouble taking up the contact paper, so the paint got a little weird. Good thing this is going up above my cupboards where people won't be able to see it too well!

What you need:
- plate (I used glass, my friend used melamine)
- acrylic paint
- paint brush
- graphic (if you aren't drawing it yourself!)
- sharpie
- scissors
- acrylic finishing spray (optional)

I started off by printing off an A (my last name starts with A) on the computer in the font I liked. Then I traced it onto the contact paper. (I ended up using decorative contact paper because it was about three dollars cheaper than the clear kind!)

Cut out your graphic/picture.

Peel the backing off, and stick it onto your plate.

Paint your plate. After painting the plate, I peeled up a tiny corner of my A so that I would be able to take it off more easily once the paint was dry.

Once the paint is dry (I didn't wait long enough - give it some time!) carefully peel off your contact paper. Really carefully! You can see where I took up a little of the paint that was supposed to stay on. Oops! I'll probably just fill that in with a Sharpie!

Spray your plate with acrylic finishing spray and put it on display!

I also thought this would be a fun wedding gift idea - you could personalize a platter or something like that.


  1. uhhh super cute, I will try it sometime there is a need of some "s"'s in my home :)

  2. I love it!! Such a great idea!

    I did a picture frame for Isabella's room (after I saw your gorgeous ones!) and I love it! It didn't turn out exactly how I wanted, but I think with some practice I'll get it to look how I want :)

    Thanks for always sharing your fun ideas and projects!

  3. I didn't even know about this blog! Now I do.

    A few notes:

    If you cut your contact paper to 8.5x11 you can print your graphic directly onto the paper and save yourself some time.

    Also, I'm not sure what kind of paint you used and this might be true for all these paints (I used ceramic paint) but no matter how long you let it dry, it's still kind of gummy and strings a bit when you pull the contact paper away. To remove my contact paper, I go around it with an x-acto knife. It keeps the edges pretty.

    Yours turned out great!


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