DIY Decorative Salad Plates

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I just love setting my table for the Seasons and Holiday’s.  I have seen where people make their own decorative plates using dishwasher safe mod podge and napkins.  I decided to give them a try but I wanted to use fabric and I am addicted to making these plates.  You can purchase the clear glass salad plates from Dollar Tree or Walmart also carries them for .98 cents and they are larger then the Dollar Tree ones.  Even though this is dishwasher safe mod podge you need to let the dished cure for 28 days and when placing in the dishwasher use the top rack.  These decorative salad plates are not to be put in the microwave.

Materials You Will Need

  • Clear glass salad plates (Dollar Tree or Walmart)
  • Dishwasher safe mod podge
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Paintbrush
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Paper Towel
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Preparing The Plates and Fabric

Lay your fabric print facing down.  Next place your glass plate bottom facing up on top of your fabric.  Center your plate over the print your want to be showing on your plate.  Hold your pencil at a slant against the edge of your plate, this is so your trace line will not be right next to the edge of your plate.  Trace the plate onto the fabric.  Cut out your fabric about a 1” away from the trace line.  Repeat these steps for each glass salad plate you are making.

Next using a paper towel and rubbing alcohol clean the back of each salad plate.

Attaching The Fabric To The Plates

Using a paintbrush apply the dishwasher safe mod podge to the back center of a salad plate.  Place and center your fabric onto the back of the plate then rub the fabric with your hand to make sure it has not bubbles and is secure to the plate.  I found it easier to do just the center of the plate first, attach the fabric then do the sides but you can certainly cover the whole back of the plate with mod podge at once if your would like.  Next lift up the side of the fabric add the dishwasher safe mode podge to the side of the plate and attach your fabric making sure you are rubbing any bubbles or creases out with your hand.  Continue working your way around the plate until you have all the fabric attached.

Now that you have the fabric attached to the plate your are going to apply the dishwasher safe mod podge to the top of the fabric.  Using a paintbrush give the top of the fabric a good coat of mod podge then let dry for 1 to 2 hours.  After your plate has dried apply another coat of mod podge to the top of the fabric and again let dry for 1 to 2 hours.  Repeat these steps to each decorative salad plate you want to make.

Sanding and Adding The Last Coat

After letting your plates dry take your scissors and trim off the excess fabric all around each salad plate.  The back probably feels a little rough,  to make it feel smooth take a piece of fine grit sandpaper and sand the back of each salad plate until you think they are smooth.  Apply one more coat of the dishwasher safe mod podge to each plate and let dry for 1 to 2 hours.

You are now finished with your decorative salad plates.  You need to let the plates cure for 28 days before they are dishwasher safe.  When putting in the dishwasher it says to use the top rack.  The plates are not microwave safe.  I am addicted to making these salad plates for all the seasons and holidays.  I did adorable bee plates for my kitchen table setting for the summer.

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