Tuesday

Easy plate facelift - Do It Yourself - Plate Monograms

Need a good and EASY gift idea, or have some pretty plates laying around the house?  This project was a lot of fun.

Plate Monograms!



First off, go to your favorite discount store or thrift store and get yourself some plates that inspire you.  I bought this set from a thrift store at .25 cents for the small plates and .50 cents for the large plate. 

Next choose a fun font off your computer and print your (or someone elses) last initial. If you have the Cricut or Silhouette I am sure you could do some fancy sticker sheet for this! (wish I had one). I used the font Blackadder ITC.


Next I used an exacto knife and cut out the "H".  I sprayed 3D mounting spray (sticky stuff) to the backside of the paper.  I cut it out and stuck it on the plate.  (really you don't need to cut it out - just press it on the plate so that it lays flat where you would spray paint.)



Now you can either spray paint this or use another paint that you could just dab on like you would with a stencil.  The reason I say that is because using the spray paint didn't work as well as I had hoped.  It leaked through the edges of the paper and left a very fuzzy H.  Fortunately it is easy to clean up the lines.  Just dip a Q-tip in mineral spirits (available in any home improvement store) and clean up the edges.  You will need to do it right away because if the paint cures it is a lot harder to get off.


But with a little "elbow grease" it should turn out like this! 


I glued the smaller plate with the monogram onto the larger plate.  (use a heavy duty glue) Then I attached these great inventions called Dischangers


You just wet the back of them till they are sticky and attach to the plate.  Let it dry for 24 hours and you have a super easy hook!   If you ever needed to remove them you just soak them in water.  The size you see above cost $2.25.  I had the larger plate holder so all I needed was to buy 2 small ones.

UPDATE: I realized there is a way to make your own FREE PLATE HOLDER!!!  Just click over to that post - I was so excited when I figured it out.

The entire project cost me $5.50!!! Wouldn't it make a great personalized gift!!! 



Other ideas I had would be to spray chock paint on the center circle and write anything you would like on it.  How about a "Happy Birthday" message on your child's birthday?  Or a pumpkin or Christmas tree on it for the holidays.  Of course you could just use chock to write your initial!  There are many ideas that would make a great gift.  For the very ambitious who feel comfortable with power tools (that would not be me - see this post) they could easily make a clock out of the plate too.


Enjoy - I hope your "Creative Juices" have been stirred! 

41 comments:

  1. Okay, so I wasn't paying attention to what blog I was reading, I was just scrolling through my reader list, and this post stopped me cold. I was like "That is the best idea ever, I want those plates!!" And then I got to the end and saw the creative juices tagline and had to scroll up to make sure I read it right..... I thought this was one of my "big name" creative blogs. Selina, this post and idea is fantastic! Love it! Please find a blog carnival and link it up, because this is a really good one.

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  2. And where'd you get those plates. I need them.

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  3. You are too kind Kira! I got those plates for PENNIES at St Vincent De Paul. I bet Ross would have a few fun ones for not a lot of $.

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  4. I have never seen the plates stacked and hung on the wall. Love it and I love the added initial. Visiting from Remodelaholic.

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  5. Very cute idea. I like the way the plates are stacked. I featured it on my Tatertots and Jello FB page :)

    xxo
    Jen

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  6. Very cute idea!! I especially love it because our lastname starts with H, so it gives me motivation to make one myself!! Thanks

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  7. Really clever idea..calls for a trip to Goodwill! or my china cabinet.

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  8. Oh...I"m going to do this. I have three plates hanging on my wall that could use a letter too! Very cool!

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  9. I love the stacked look. Those are beautiful. What a wonderful gift.

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  10. This is a great gift and decor idea and I also love the stacked look. Thanks for sharing this!

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  11. I love how pretty and simple this is! I would love for you to share it at my link party too!
    http://polkadotsandpizza.blogspot.com/

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  12. This is a really fun idea Selina, I have never seen this before. Keep those creative juices flowing!!!

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  13. Neat idea! I wonder if another type of paper like wax paper would do better than regular printer paper with the fuzziness.... thanks for sharing!

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  14. Love the idea, and not because my last name starts with a H either. Just kidding. Very cool idea, I will definately do this soon!

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  15. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us...
    Barb

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  16. This turned out great!!

    Would love for you to come link up!
    http://gigglesglitzandglam.blogspot.com/2011/01/glam-party-9.html

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  17. That's a really cute idea. Looks great.

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  18. Wow-what a cute idea-love me a monogram!!

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  19. That's so pretty. I love plates, I have a stack of them sitting in my craft "corner." Definitely need to do something with them, so thank you for a great idea!

    I'd love for you to join my giveaway for a vintage trinket tray going on now! http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2011/01/giveaway-with-cotton-breeze.html

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  20. Looks great! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  21. You should enter the DIY Club party.

    Awesome project. So pretty.

    Cheri

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  22. Stopping by from All Thingz Related ~ love this idea. I don't have a silhouette :( so painting sounds like the answer! Love it. Kathleen

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  23. Wow. This is fantastic!

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  24. What an awesome thrift store find those are beautiful! For Halloween, I used vinyl letters on plates and spelled BOO!

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  25. How beautiful.

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  26. That's a really cool idea & SO affordable! :) Found you on Catch a Glimpse!

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  27. Very nice! Great idea and so cheap! Thanks for linking this up as well.

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  28. I love this idea!!! It looks beautiful and would make a great monogrammed gift.

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  29. I Love how it looks! Thanks for sharing it with us.
    May I ask what font did you use? It's perfect for this project.

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  30. Hi Silvia, the font I used was a standard font called Blackadder ITC.

    Thanks!

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  31. Really lovely! Thanks for all the tips for creating the monogram. And I really love my Dischangers too.

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  32. Thank you so much for your answer Selina!!
    Have a great creative week :)

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  33. Love it! I love using plates for decor (mine is linked up today!) Thanks for sharing your idea!

    Valerie-www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com
    Stop on by!

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  34. I LOVE them!! I have been looking for some great ideas for my gallery wall, and these are PERFECT!

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  35. Now I'm on the hunt for some junky dishes to make pretty and personal! Thanks for the tip :)

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  36. Love it! Also love the CHALK paint idea, keep it up, sweetie!

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  37. So pretty! I have the same dishes & would love to give it a try.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  38. Love this!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  39. I have done a very similar project! I love the way that yours look hanging on your wall! I use mine to hold stray jewelry on our dresser!

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