Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I Heart Plate Displays

After an unsuccessful search for cute valentine plates for my plate hanger this year, I decided to try & make some on my own.  I found these 10.5 inch plates at the dollar store, bought some acrylic paints in the colors I liked, and went to town.

First I cut a 5 inch heart template and traced around it onto the plate with a dry erase marker.  Then I used Q-tips to make different sized circles inside of the heart.  After the paint had dried, it was a snap to clean off the marker with a damp paper towel.  The best part about this is that I got what I had pictured, but couldn't find, for cheaper than I would've paid for something I didn't like as much!

I tried a perma-glaze product over the brown heart after it had dried, but ended up making a little mess of it (I ignored the fact that my acrylic paint should've been permenamel paint - oh well!)  So, if you are going to do this and glaze it, make sure you use a glaze that is compatible with acrylic paint.

10 comments:

Emily said...

I really love this! What a great idea. I love plate displays, too. Circles in decorating make me happy for some reason.

Mary J said...

This is so cute. I really like this idea! You know you're living up to your last name. I'm going to start calling you Martha. :)

Megan said...

your topiaries turned out so cute! And I love these plates!!! I want a plate thingy for my wall! What a good idea to do it yourself! You're so creative!

Anne Marie said...

I love your decorating ideas!

Mom B. said...

So cute, can't wait to see them in person!

Angie said...

You've solved my "can't find any valentine plates that don't make me want to puke problem!" I'm going to start on this right away. Thanks for the idea, where did you get your plate rack? I love it!

Rebecca Luke said...

Ummm, so cute. You inspire me!

cwarren said...

Michele, you are awesome! I've read your other blog for a long time; I'm just lame and never leave comments. You are one crafty lady! I am inspired by you! Come see me next time you are in Lacey...

Sarah said...

LOVE it! My step mom just gave me two beautiful Southern Living plate holders that she never used. I'm going to have to remember this trick for next year. Thanks!
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

Sariah said...

I should have checked out your blog before valentines! What a great idea! I love how your mind thinks... and on a budget! LOVE IT!