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How to Make Decoupage Plates

These decorative dishes are perfect as trivets, serving wrapped candies, or displayed on a wall in a graphic arrangement.



Decoupage is a simple way to create custom, unique pieces. Here we are creating a series of winter-themed plates for a gathering with "deer" friends.


Make templates

Make a template for each plate by tracing the shape of the plate on paper first and cutting out the shape. Place the template over paper and cut out the design you want to transfer to the plate.

Decoupage Plate step 1

Soak paper

Place cut paper design in a bowl of water to soak for one minute.

Decoupage Plates Step 2a

Let dry

Remove paper from water and let dry.

Decoupage Plate Step 2b

Prepare sponge

Wet a sponge in water and then dip the sponge into the decoupage medium.

Decoupage Plate Step 3a

Apply decoupage to plate

Flip the plate upside down and cover the bottom of the plate with decoupage medium, keeping the coating smooth.

Decoupaging the underside of the plates allows them to be safe for food.

Decoupage Plate Step 3b

Place paper on plate

Place the paper design upside down on the plate so that the image will show through.

Decoupage plate step 4

Smooth bubbles and let dry

Gently smooth any bubbles from the paper with a bowl scraper and use the Wagner Furno Heat Gun on low to dry paper art until fully dry.

Decoupage Plate Step 5

Paint edge

Paint the edge of the plate with a bronze or gold paint.

Decoupage Plate Step 5b

Dry with heat gun

Dry completely with the heat gun. Wipe the glass clean if dirty.

Decoupage Plates Step 6

Deer friends

It's as simple as that. Now we have a beautiful set of unique dishes to use for our get together.

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Products Used


Glass plates in various sizes

Decorative cardstock or paper (paper ephemera)


Decoupage medium

Paint brush

Bowl of water

Piece of sponge

Plastic bowl scraper

Copper or gold acrylic paint

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