These simple photo/name plates have been a huge hit for every gifting occasion and they work great for decorations around the house as well! Plus, these are hands-down the cheapest homemade gift out there (especially for the quality)!!Supplies:
- 10 inch x 10 inch clear square glass plate
- 6 inch x 6 inch printed photo or name sign (See below for more)
- Mod Podge
- Scrapbook paper
It can be difficult to get prints from different printing sources in "not as common" print sizes. For every plate I've done, I've simply cropped and readjusted the photo on my computer to fit into a square (6 inch x 6 inch). Next, I simply use our personal printer and set the quality of print to "best quality" and click "Print"!
You can find the letters for FREE to use for the name plates by going to this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/collections/72157594587080023/ If you decide to do the name plate, simply go this site, find the letters you'd like to use and arrange them to fit in a 6 inch x 6 inch square. (For example, the last name we used in the photo was a 9 letter name, so each letter was made into a 2 inch by 2 inch square.)
Once you've got your photos printed and ready to go in the desired size, begin to brush the mod podge onto the small square that will fit your photo. Set your photo face down on the square (so that when the plate is setting up, the photo is visible) and continue to press down to guarantee that there are no bubbles. Allow the photo to dry.
While the mod podge is drying, which won't take long, begin to pick out the desired scrapbook paper you'd like to use. On each corner of the scrapbook paper, make a slit about 3 inches long to allow the paper to be more flexible when gluing down to the plate. Next, you'll cover the entire bottom of the plate, including the back side of the photo with mod podge. Be sure to allow the mod podge to go to very outer edge of the plate. Once the entire bottom side is covered, carefully place your scrapbook paper down and continue to press to guarantee no bubbles. Finish by covering the entire top of the scrapbook paper with mod podge and allow to dry completely.
Once the mod podge has had time to completely dry, take scissors and trim all of the excess scrapbook paper around the edges of the plate. This is easiest if you hold your scissors at a side angle to allow to get straight to the edge of the plate to guarantee no extra pieces of the paper are exposed.
You can use this craft for all sorts of occasions, you'll see here where we used it as a teacher's gift, where we simply had the children each do a small piece of artwork and use it on the outside instead of scrapbook paper.
Altogether, this craft/gift cost me a total of $2.50 to make! That's considering that I already had all items on hand, besides the plate. If you don't have mod podge on hand you can always make your own and save even more money! Happy Crafting!!!