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Glass Plate Decoupage

By: H. Iacobacci-Miller

What You Will Need:

  • Clear glass plate of desired size
  • Your choice of wallpaper, wrapping paper, tissue paper or copies of photograps
  • Decoupage medium or white glue
  • 2 sponge brushes
  • Acrylic paint in desired color
  • Clear varnish
  • Wallpaper seam roller
  • Sharp Scissors or decoupage scissors
  • Fine grite sandpaper
  • Damp cloth


  1. Thoroughly wash and dry your plate(s)
  2. Carefully cut out designs
  3. Arrange the cutouts on the back of the plate with the design facing you
  4. Spread white glue on the right side of the cutouts, and place on the back of the plate preferred arrangement. (Note: it is important to press firmly and overlap the cutouts)
  5. Use damp cloth and cover the back of the plate
  6. With your wallpaper seam roller, begin at middle of the plate and work towards edges to release any air bubbles.
  7. Allow decoupage medium to dry thoroughly.
  8. Once dried, use a dry sponge brush to paint the back of the plate with at least 2 coats of paint allowing paint to dry completely in between coats.
  9. Finally, paint plate with at least 2 coats of clear varnish allowing varnish to dry in between coats.
  10. If you have any glue or paint that is not smooth, use a fine grit sandpaper to lightly sand smooth.

Now you have a one of a kind, designer looking plate to match any decor or any mood. Use plates as wall decoration, charger, candle holders and more.

Please note that these plates are primarily for decorations. Since the glue and paint are on the reverse side of the plate, they could be used for food that is not warm (i.e., tea sandwiches, cookies, etc). To clean, use a damp sponge or cloth but do not microwave or put in dishwasher.

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