DIYP #5- Picture Perfect Plates

I’m so excited about today’s DIYP! I saw this idea about six months ago in the 2007 Winter Issue of Better Homes and Gardens. And I’ve been saving it for a special occasion.

One of my favorite things to decorate with is photos. I love old family heirloom pictures and recent black and white photographs of my kids.

I also have a plate fetish and love my small collection of toile plates.

This project incorporates both photos and plates to form something picture perfect.

Last night, I gave my DIY project to my Mom for her birthday. I loved it so much, I’m going to make some to keep.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Choose a plate. I chose a white/off-white theme for a classic look for my mom. (I did a photo plate collection of my mom’s grandchildren. I didn’t pay more than $4 a plate since I shopped the clearance tables).
2. Enlarge photo. I increased mine to an 8×10 and printed them (Walgreens) in black and white. (I think any snapshot would be lovely, I decided to do portraits. A wedding photo or birthday picture would be a great idea for an anniversary gift or birthday present).
3. With a pencil and a compass set to half the diameter of the plate’s center area, make a circle on a piece of copy paper.

4. Cut the circle out.

5. Use this as a guide to place on the photo and cut the picture into a circle.

6. Adhere the photo to the plate with double-sided tape.
7. Display plate with a plate stand (Walmart, $3.50)

Total Cost of one photo plate: less than $10

I thought my mom would enjoy a collection of plates featuring her grandchildren.

By the way, she loved them. They brought tears to her eyes. Happy 60th, Mom!

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    This is great; I will definitely be doing it for my mom for her birthday this year.

    Question, though: do you (or some other reader) know if you can do something to “finish” it? Like somehow glaze it or make it so that the picture is more than just taped on? I think that would make it look more finished and professional, but I am clueless as to how to do that. Thanks!

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    I love that. I wonder if you could use the spray addhesive and work just as well? That might seal the edges down a little better…??? You are so good.

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    You are so kind. Beautiful, beautiful. Hmmm…how about coming to SC for a few weeks to help me move…you’d get some great posts out of it. It only takes like three days to get here from Texas!

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    Kim says

    What a wonderful idea! I just may try a version of this for Christmas or Mother’s Day gifts for my students.

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    What a wonderful idea for any Grandmother! My mom would just fall apart over this. It would be the perfect collection to sit atop her piano! Which just seems to collect dust! :-)


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    Great idea. I love the picture of your mom opening them. Is that your daughter in there with the camera? Following in Mommy’s footsteps with the digital camera in hand. Watch out, soon she’ll be blogging too!!

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    Wow! Excellent idea! I may have to try this cause I have plates in my china cabinet that I have NEVER used, and why not use them for something as precious as photos??

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