Fun and Colorful Decoupage Plates

Add a little color and whimsy to your dinnerware! These fun and colorful decoupage plates are a quick and simple project that will take your meals and parties to the next level. They’re a perfect project to customize, choosing your favorite patterns and shades. And you can use this same decoupage technique on clear glass or clear plastic plates, so chances are you’ve got some materials you can use at home already. We’ll be decoupaging the underside of these plates, and that means that they’re food-safe, too!

Gather Your Materials

Start with clear glass or clear plastic plates for this project. A great source for these is a dollar or thrift store. You can find some clear plates for a great price and use this project to make them one-of-a-kind.

Supplies Needed

  • Clear glass or plastic plates
  • Mod Podge in your desired finish
  • Paintbrush
  • Patterned paper or cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Trace Your Plate

Use the pencil to trace around the flat portion of the underside of the plate. The paper will be applied to the flat portion only (not the flared edges of the plate), so slip your pencil under the raised plate edges and trace the circle that remains flat on the table.

Cut Out the Circles

Once your circle is traced, cut along the traced line with scissors. After the circle is cut, place it on the bottom of your plate to be sure it’s a good fit. If you need to trim any excess, do so now.

Cut More Circles

Use the first circle you cut to trace and cut more circles in various colors or patterns. We love using lots of contrasting patterns in one color palette to create visual interest, like these fun, Palm Springs-inspired prints.

Apply Modge Podge

Flip a plate upside down. Apply a thick coat of Mod Podge or other adhesive to the flat circle in the center bottom of the plate. Apply the adhesive right up to the edge of the circle. Place one of your paper circles onto the Mod Podge, pattern side down. Smooth it out with your fingers to remove any bubbles. If you find that any bubbles are appearing, just press them toward the edges of the paper until they disappear. (You can check for bubbles by flipping the plate over and looking through the glass.

Layer Modge Podge

Apply another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the paper, smoothing as you apply. This will help firmly affix the paper to the plate, and protect from any errant spills.

Let Dry

Allow the plates to dry and cure upside down for about 24 hours. Then set your table and enjoy! After use, these should be carefully ​hand-washed, avoiding as much water on the underside of the plates as possible.

Paper Quilling Tips for Beginners

Paper Quillings also called paper filigree, is a papercraft that has been popular since the 15th century. This paper art has experienced a resurgence in popularity during the last couple of years.
You can find paper quilling incorporated into scrapbooking, cardmaking, monograms, paper flowers, jewelry, and even into pieces of wall art. It is incredible how you can make complicated shapes and patterns from simple paper strips and glue!

Although the hobby is relatively easy to master, beginners may find the following tips and tricks helpful on their paper quilling journey.

Use Pre-cut Paper Strips for Your First Projects

Use pre-cut paper quilling strips for your first projects. Your initial attempts will have better results if you use precise machine-cut papers. Once you are comfortable with basic paper quilling techniques, you can cut your paper strips and explore your creativity by experimenting with more advanced methods.

Start With Small Paper Quilling Projects

Use the Right Paper Quilling Tools

It’s important to choose your quilling tools thoughtfully. You don’t need to buy any expensive tools to create paper filigree art initially—a toothpick or bamboo skewer will roll paper strips adequately. If you are bitten by the paper quilling bug and wish to continue, you should purchase a slotted quilling tool and a needle tool.

You can place the strip of paper into the upper slot of the slotted tool, giving you more control when rolling the paper strips. A needle device is a sizeable tapered needle with a long wooden handle. It helps you keep a steady hand when rolling strips of paper into various shapes. Both tools are quite helpful when you are working on large, complicated paper quilling projects.

Have a Light Touch When Using Glue with Pape r Quilling

When gluing your rolled paper shapes, always remember to use glue sparingly. Too much glue can quickly ruin your project, which you may have worked on for hours. You can avoid the hassle of starting a project over with a little bit of caution. You can always add a bit more adhesive if necessary, but you cannot remove excess glue. Remember the design rule “Less Is More.”

Paper Quilling Patterns

Some beginners find using a premade quilling pattern quite helpful when first starting out. There are hundreds of paper quilling patterns available for purchase or free to download on the internet. These printable patterns can guide beginners and help them build their skills.

All you have to do is place the printed pattern under a sheet of waxed paper and follow the suggestions. You will quickly have a quilling masterpiece that you will be

Master the Basic Paper Quilling Shapes

Learn the basic shapes before working on a paper quilling project. It can be quite helpful to make a master page of basic paper quilling shapes.

Glue different shapes to a piece of cardboard to use as a reference sheet when working on various projects. The guide serves as both a reference and an inspiration source.

17 Creative Ways to Decorate Handmade Cards

Once you get hooked on card making, you’ll soon realize that simple paper-and-glue designs are really just the beginning. A dimensional, mixed-media approach takes cards to the next level, making your missive a true work of art.

When cards get this creative, you could say the card IS the gift!

Pro Tip: Many of these embellishments add bulk, so you may want to consider hand-delivering your creation or mailing it in a padded envelope. And don’t forget to have the right postage — you may need more than one stamp.

1. Stickers

Stickers are kind of a no-brainer, but they’ve come a long way since we were in grade school — especially when you pair ’em up with other cool elements. Alphabet stickers in particular are a perfect way to add a sweet sentiment that really stands out.

2. Sequins

We love sequins because they’re inexpensive, they sparkle and they’re one of the flattest things you can add to your projects. Just stick ’em on with a strong liquid adhesive to make sure they stay put.

4. Gems

A little bling is totally our thing. Most of the gems you’ll find at craft stores are actually stickers, so your work is basically done. Just make sure to get the placement right — once these beauties are stuck, there’s no going back.

5. Wood

Wood is so unexpected on a card! It adds a natural, earthy touch to your project and adheres with hot glue or strong liquid adhesives.

6. Embossing

Embossing, whether it be dry embossing (as shown above) or heat embossing, is a simple way to add texture to your card. You can keep it simple with some embossed lines, or go all-out and create hearts, flowers, butterflies, or anything else you can think of.

7. Ribbon and Trims

Ribbon’s just classic. You can tie cute bows for some dimension, or place it flat to keep your card mail-able. And it’s easy to secure the ribbon with hot glue, fabric glue, stitching, or with a dry adhesive strip.

8. Shaker Windows

Shake things up a bit and make a see-through shaker card. It’s an easy way to amp up any card, and you can fill it with the funkiest filler. Sequins, we see you.

9. Felt and Fabric

Pre-made felt and fabric flowers are a pretty shortcut (no judgment!), or you can get extra fancy and make your own accents. If you’re into sewing, this is a clever way to use up bits and pieces leftover from other projects. Felt and fabric can be stitched on by hand or with a sewing machine, or even glued down if sewing’s not your thing.

10. Metal

Charms and tokens really up the ante here, and they often have a little hole that you can use to tie them to your card. Brads and eyelets are a good choice if you like the look of metal but don’t want to add too much bulk. Set them into the paper with a paper piercer or a special eyelet tool.

11. Gesso

Bring out the texture of your materials by adding a layer of gesso. It’s a great medium to turn to if you’re making cards that are a bit unconventional (like the cardboard piece shown above). Spread it on, let it dry, and voila — you’ve got the coolest base to decorate.