Dress your table for success by creating fashionable designer plates using lace. We show three different ways to use lace. All very simple!
Release your artistic talents on a glass canvas and create signature table art for a beautiful dining experience.
What You'll Need
- square glass plates 8", 10"
- foam brush 1613-730
- Natura white glue 2020-510
- hobby knife 1033-410
- spray adhesive 2020-075
- white spray lacquer 1730-121
- black spray lacquer 1730-112
- gold spray lacquer 1730-130
- clear spray lacquer 1730-103
- clear protectors 2350-556
- felt pads 1.5" 2346-820
Stylish in Black
Choose a black lace; cut it 1/4" larger than the plate on all sides. Using a foam brush, apply a heavy coat of Natura® white glue on the back of the plate. Press the lace into the glue to ensure the lace lies flat. Let dry. Coat the lace with glue three more times, letting the glue dry between each coat. Use an exacto knife to shave the excess lace off the edges of the plate.
Creating beautiful placemats for your table is also simple. Purchase a 3mm double diamond piece of glass, cut to 12" x 18" with sanded edges. Choose a lace design and cut it 1" larger on all sides (14" x 20"). Spray the lace with spray adhesive and place on the back of the glass. Press in place to ensure it lies flat. Wrap the 1" overlap around the edges and hold in place securely with duct tape. This prevents the lace from lifting when sprayed with paint. Place the glass with the lace side up and spray three to four light, even coats with white spray lacquer. Let the lacquer dry 10 minutes between each coat. Gently pull the lace off and spray three to four coats of black spray lacquer over the lace design. Let the lacquer dry between each coat. Place clear protectors on each corner. Turn over to reveal your designer placemat!
Showcase your white lace design with this simple method. Follow the steps from Stylish in Black with this extra step to highlight the intricate lace design. Place the plate face down and spray the lace on the back of the plate with three coats of black spray lacquer. Let the lacquer dry 10 minutes between each coat.
A basic découpage technique was used to create these trendy plates from newspaper. Try using wrapping paper, photocopied photographs, trivial pursuit questions, monopoly money, fall leaves or pressed flowers as an alternative to newspaper. The list goes on and on. The design can be random, as shown, or as simple as a picture in the centre square of the plate. Keep in mind that the first print or prints you position on the plate will be the focal point of your design. To begin, simply put a heavy coat of Natura® white glue on the backof your plate. Place your print into the glue, adding glue and prints until the plate is covered. Let dry. Add three more coats of glue over the entire back of the plate, letting it dry between coats. Use an exacto knife to shave the excess paper off the edges of the plate. Spray the back of the plate with three to four coats of clear or white spray lacquer.
A Dotted Affair
Dots are hot! Creating these inexpensive plates is simple. Use felt pads to create the dots. They come in a variety of sizes (size shown is 1.5"). Make a pool of black or metallic gold craft paint on wax paper. Remove the backing from the felt pad to expose the adhesive surface. Stick it on your index or middle finger and dip the pad into the paint until it is covered. Press the pad onto the back of the plate ensuring all edges of the pad touch the glass. Repeat until you have the desired number of dots on the back of the plate. If a dot is not solid, let it dry, and then paint another dot over it. To finish, spray the back of the plate with a contrasting colour of either black or gold spray lacquer.