Hi Kenarry Readers! We’re Jennifer and Kitty from RunningWithSisters.com, and we have a terrific gift craft for you –– How To Decoupage A Glass Plate! We saw a beautiful Anthropologie plate featuring a heart made of flowers on Pinterest. But it was sold out! So we made our own version, and you can too! We’ll show you how to decoupage a glass plate with Mod Podge and flowers cut from scrapbook paper. Then we’ll show you how to gold leaf the edge (with real gold!) and how to finish the back to make the colors really pop!
Here’s a complete video showing how we did every step. Follow along with us, then use the steps below to make your own. You won’t believe how easy it is to turn an ordinary glass plate into a pretty work of art!
How To Decoupage A Glass Plate With Mod Podge
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- 13″ glass serving plate
- Flowered scrapbook paper
- Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge
- Craft paintbrush
- Gold leaf sheets
- Gold leaf adhesive
- White acrylic craft paint
- White paper
1. The first step is to get a nice big glass plate. Wash the plate and let it dry.
2. Next, cut flowers out of floral scrapbook paper. We cut out about 25 flowers plus a few leaves and tiny flowers to fill in smaller spaces.
3. Draw a heart on a piece of paper and cut it out. Tape the heart to the front of the plate. Then set the plate face down on your worktable.
4. Decoupage the cut-out flowers onto the back of the plate in the shape of the heart. To do this, paint a coat of Mod Podge on the front of a cut-out flower. Then press the flower face down onto the plate.
Paint a coat of Mod Podge over the top (which is really the back) of the flower. We like to start by placing the flowers around the edge of the heart to define the shape. Then we fill in the middle. Let the Mod Podge dry.
5. You could stop now, but why not add a gorgeous gold leaf edge to the plate?!
Paint a freehand scalloped border around the edge of the plate (on the back) using the gold leaf adhesive. Let the adhesive dry until it is clear (about 15 minutes). It will remain very sticky.
To add the gold leaf, simply lay the gold leaf sheets onto the sticky adhesive and use a dry paintbrush to brush off excess. Keep adding pieces of gold leaf until all of the adhesive is covered.
6. To finish the plate, paint a coat of white paint over the back of the plate. (We actually did two coats of paint.) This white background really makes the heart pop! Top that with a coat of Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge. Let dry.
Even though we used Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge, we haven’t tried putting the plate in the dishwasher. It’s just too pretty! We just hand wash it instead.
We think this flowery heart plate would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift, birthday gift for a girlfriend, or Mother’s Day gift. Or maybe you should just make it for yourself! Remember if you have any questions about this project, leave us a comment and we’ll reply. We are here to help!
Jennifer & Kitty
More projects by the O’Neil Sisters:
Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil are sisters and authors of several books including Steampunk Chic: Vintage Flair From Recycled Finds. Their crafting, decorating, and flea market articles have appeared in Woman’s World, Craft Ideas, and Create and Decorate magazines and on the web sites of Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, and HGTV. Their detailed craft videos can be found on Curious.com and YouTube. The O’Neil Sisters share their enthusiasm and their fresh approach to crafting and decorating on their blog, RunningWithSisters.com.