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Dress up your dinner table :)
Inspired by Mark Montano's Big Ass Book of Crafts, I used a Cricut machine instead of cut out images as a stencil. My best friend came over and we had a blast making these!

Posted by K-Li from Medford, Oregon, United States • Published See K-Li's 13 projects » © 2023 Mark Montano / Simon & Schuster · Reproduced with permission.
  • Step 1

    Clean your plates and dry them well.

  • Step 2

    Cut out the shapes you would like to use as a stencil - I used a Cricut machine, the Indie Art cartridge for all but the owl. These will serve as stencils.

  • Step 3

    Apply repositionable spray adhesive to your cutout stencil and place on the backside of your plate.

  • Step 4

    If you want more texture/color apply the adhesive to a piece of lace cut to cover the back of your plate. I found after a few attempts that spraying the lace well and letting it sit for a minute made it more tacky so that it didn't slide around and mess up the area about to be painted. Stick it to the back of the plate.

  • Step 5

    Choose your colors! I used Velspar spray enamel - it comes in FABULOUS colors and is relatively inexpensive.

  • Step 6

    The background color goes first. Spray over the lace lightly, then come back after awhile and spray it again. This way the paint won't run or soak through the lace.

  • Step 7

    Once the paint has set just a little while remove the lace and let dry.

  • Step 8

    If you want another background color to show through the lace pattern on your plate choose it and spray over the plate again. Let dry.

  • Step 9

    Using tweezers peel off your stencil - choose the color for the main image and spray! Let dry.

  • Step 10

    This step isn't necessary but I like continuity (in a weird way). I made a set of plates and wanted the backs to all be black so that they "match". So I went over the backs again with black paint and let it dry over night.

  • Step 11

    Last but not least seal your paint job with a good spray on sealant - not totally necessary if you're using enamel, but it doesn't hurt and protects the paint.

  • Step 12

    Voila! You now have a sweet set of totally unique plates!

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