DIY Lemon Plates
Learn how to make your own DIY Decoupage Plates using this easy tutorial and inexpensive glass plates from the Dollar Tree. You can simply make designs for year-round, or seasonally with just a few supplies.
I love a good DIY that turns out to look like it could have been bought in a store. This project is exactly that! The first time I decoupaged some dollar store glass plates was to simply create the exact look of store-bought plates for a fraction of the cost.
This past Easter I wanted to do a pretty table setting with pretty bunny plates that you would find in stores like Pier One and Pottery Barn.
The only problem was that the plates were very expensive. Even with a discount or coupon, I still couldn’t justify the price tag, when I’d rather spend that kind of money on more craft supplies.
Am I right? I know you get me.
Anyhoo, I knew I could completely DIY the plates I had in mind using an old school classic craft technique using mod podge.
How to Decoupage
Decoupaging or using a mod podge is practically the same thing where you apply a glue-like product over the fabric, paper, tissue, or even paint to create a clear seal of the medium to your object. And your object can be a wide variety of things like glass, paper mache, cardboard, paper, wood or even metal.
It all depends on your project, but decoupaging or using mod-podge is fairly simple. You will see just how easy this DIY Decoupage plates project is.
How to Decoupage Plates
After I made my Easter plates, I decided that for my Summer dining tables vignette I was going to do the same thing and decoupage another set of plates.
I created a video showing my process which you can check out below!
I loved the way they turned out especially how the navy blue buffalo check napkins pair nicely with the yellow lemon tree image.
If you like the recreate these plates, here is a list of the materials you will need and step by step instructions to complete the look.
- Glass Plates from the Dollar Tree
- Fabric or Napkins in a pattern you love ( Here are the same ones I got)
- Mod-Podge – the Dishwasher Safe kind.
- Printed image on plain paper works fine
- White Paint for the background (this is optional)
Note* My video doe not show me painting the plates with white paint. However, I found that after the first coat of decoupage is dry, if you paint the backplate it helps to create a more solid background versus transparent.
Depending on what you use, fabric, or a napkin and the thickness of it and your pattern will determine how transparent the design is. My napkins were white and blue buffalo check pattern. By painting a layer of white in between the decoupage layers helped the background or white parts of the pattern to be brighter.
This is completely optional though. I just prefer the look because it made the plates look better in my opinion and to look as if they were store-bought versus home crafted.
Step by Step Instructions for the DIY Decoupage Plates
Each step is fairly simple, however, I’ve outlined them below for your reference.
Step 1: Print and cut out the images you want to show on the front side of your plates.
Step 2: Apply a thin coat to the back of the clear plate and the front side of your image and press facing down onto the backside of the plate.
Step 3: Apply another thin layer of decoupage and allow it to dry. Then using the same process, apply the napkin or fabric to the backside of the plate create the background behind your printed image. Apply another coat of decoupage and allow it to dry.
Step 4: (optional) Add a coat of white back to the background.
Step 5: Apply thing a final coat of decoupage to the back to seal in the project and allow it to dry.
And that’s it! You can now style the plates how you wish or even use them at your next gathering.
The decoupage (mod podge) I used is dishwasher safe. However, I want to point out that I do not plan to wash these plates in the dishwasher.
For me, they are more decorative, and if I choose to use them for something, I will hand wash them to preserve the design as long as possible.
So what do you think? Will you be making your plates? Let me know in the comments.