Here's what you'll need:
- A cheap glass plate with minimal or no ridges or bumps (mine was $1 at the dollar store)
- Decorative paper
- Mod-Podge or other decoupaging glue (you could use 3 parts water to 1 part Elmer's glue too)
- A foam brush
Clean the back of your plate with glass cleaner, making sure to remove any stickers.
Decide on an idea of the design you'd like to create, such as abstract, pr quilt-like patterns, or even a simple animal or vegetable. Checking out clip art online can be helpful in finding a silhouette or simple image that you'd like to copy. Next, select coordinating papers that you'd like to use.
Prepare your papers by cutting out your designs. Because I decided on doing a sunburst pattern, I cut my paper into thin strips, using a paper cutter.
Lay out your pattern before hand, especially if you're doing a representational design like an animal. I didn't do this with mine, because it was easier to just add strips as I went. You'll most likely be layering the design, so begin with the pieces that are in the foreground. In my case, I placed my center circle down first, then layered the strips behind it.
Paint a light layer of Mod Podge on the back of your plate, and also on the front of your first piece of paper. Stick them together, smoothing out any bubbles as they occur.
When your plate is completely dry, add another layer of Mod Podge over the entire backside of the plate, sealing up all the paper. Trim all the edges with scissors or an X-Acto knife, and if you wish, you could color the plate's edge with a gold or silver paint marker.
(please ignore the visible glue--I was impatient to get a photo before the underside dried! But trust me, it will dry clear).Hang with a plate hanger and enjoy! This project is a bit addictive, and I could see having an entire wall of coordinating plates of all shapes and sizes.