There’s a new trend circling around in all the dollar store Facebook groups that I am a part of — covering the bottoms of clear plates from the dollar store with fabric.
It’s such a simple and easy DIY and it’s a great way to add a little bit of your own personal style into your tablescape.
I have wanted to try it for a while now and I have been looking for time to sit down and actually do it.
I managed to find some time the other day and I did up a whole fall tablescape. I made my own buffalo check plates — just like something you would see in a high-end home decor store but for a fraction of the cost.
It was super simple, you guys! Seriously. You should all try this DIY.
Here’s the material list and steps if you would like to try this. If you want to watch this DIY in action, scroll to the bottom to see the video from my Youki profile.
- Clear plate
- Mod Podge (Dishwasher safe or Outdoor)
- Foam brush
- Begin by flipping your plate over so you are working with the bottom side.
- Clean the bottom of your plate really well to remove any dust, grease or fingerprints. I used rubbing alcohol. Let the plate fully dry.
- Using a foam brush, apply a layer of Mod Podge to the bottom of the plate Tip: Set your plate up on something like a jar to keep in elevated making it easier to work with.
- Place your fabric over the Mod Podge wrong side facing up.
- Smooth the fabric onto the plate, ensuring that you are getting out any wrinkles in the fabric.
- Apply another layer of Mod Podge to the fabric. Let dry fully.
- Apply another layer of Mod Podge. Let dry fully.
- Trim the fabric around the plate.
- To secure the fabric at the rim of the plate, add an extra layer of Mod Podge just under the ridge where the fabric meets the rim. Let dry fully.
A lot of people have concerns about these plates being useable or being able to put them in the dishwasher. My whole thing is that I don’t worry about stuff like that. These plates are for special occasions or decorating. You wouldn’t use them everyday. So gentle hand washing is all you need.
I know that the dishwasher Mod Podge is meant to apply to things so that they can go in the dishwasher but I still wouldn’t take the risk.
I did this years ago using Debbie Mumm (which should date me) Halloween fabric. Back then there was a basic mod podge so the plates were decor only. It’s such an inexpensive and easy way to decorate. It’s funny how trends cycle. I like the plaid you used and how they match the pumpkins in your centerpiece.
joyce gibson says
I do like how it looks. Why couldn’t one use a pretty paper napkin? I have a plate like this that my aunt Mod Podged an elephant picture to.
Ruth Pedrie says
This brings back memories. I did this 30 years ago and used materal representing different hollidays. When I downsized I gave a set of 12 to my daughter.