Thursday, May 07, 2009

Make it for Mom: Altered Plates

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Make it for Mom: Altered Plates
This project was designed for Plaid!

Now I don't suggest using Mom's good china for this project - that is unless you really want to make Mom mad on Mother's day. Look for plates at thrift shops and yard sales to alter.

This plate features a photo of my mom, Amelie Rogers, when she was in grade school. To learn more about my artistic mom, visit her website at

Winter CHA show - Plaid Booth

Altered Plates was a project that we featured in the Plaid booth to showcase ways that Mod Podge can be used. Traditional Mod Podged plates are done on the bottom of clear glass plates. For this technique the work is all done of the top of the plate - the plate becomes the canvas.

Look for plates that have a decorative edge - gold rimmed, painted flowers or even scalloped edges.

Add silk flowers to an edge for a 3-d look.

Use words from vintage romance novels in your collage.

Make a wedding plate!

Keep the color pallet simple for a more modern look.

Add gold glitter Mod Podge to age bright paper.

Look for decorative edge plates.

Mod Podge – gloss
Mod Podge – gold glitter
Thrift Store Plates
Foam Paintbrush
Papers & Photos to Mod Podge
Paper Punches
Silk Flowers
Paper Letters
Gem Glue


1. Wash the plates and dry thoroughly.

2. Resize the photos and papers if necessary so that the will fit on the plates. If you want a solid background, cut a circle that will fit the center of the plate from a neutral patterned background. Coat the back of the circle with Mod Podge and place it onto the plate. Topcoat with a layer of Mod Podge. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles.

3. Using Mod Podge, collage and layer additional cut pieces of paper and photos over the background design. Trim the photos to fit your design. Use a paper punch to create flower shapes. For letters use magazine cutouts or photocopies stickers. Get creative with your design plan.

4. Add glittery highlights: Paint a small amount of glitter Mod Podge to the top of the design. Use gem glue to attach rhinestones to your design or add silk flowers, butterflies, etc.


  1. Cathie, when you made these did you put a layer of mod podge over the entire front of the plate or just on top of the design?

    Great idea, I see cheap-o plates at thrift stores all the time! Love it!

    PS: Great show on Monday, I really enjoyed all the ways to use paper, especially old greeting cards!

  2. These are just brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Thanks! I only used the mod podge under and ontop of the paper.

    If you get mod podge on the rim area - you can just wipe it with a damp paper towel.

    Have a great day!

  4. OMG....I must hurry to get some plates!!! Fabulous idea. THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS!!

  5. Thanks for answering my question Cathie!


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