Here is a great craft your kids will love! It's a little bit messy, but simple enough that it can be child led. This is one of those projects where it's about the process, but the final result still looks great.
You can use the completed plates for the kids or make enough for all your guests to use one for their dessert plate. You can make several variations, using whatever items you have on hand that will decoupage well – thin, light papery objects. They can even be personalized with your guests' names or Thanksgiving sayings.
We were able to get 4 plates out of each napkin, so we had a lot of leftover napkins that we will use up on Thanksgiving of course, and we already had the silk leaves on hand so there were no wasted supplies. If you bought one 8-pack of plates and one pack of napkins from the Dollar Tree, it will only cost $2.00 for 8 custom-made plates and you still have the leftover napkins!
- Clear plastic dessert plates
- Paper napkins
- Silk leaves
- School glue
- Lay your plastic plate over a paper napkin and cut roughly around it, leaving 1/2” to 1” excess.
- Make a homemade modge podge by stirring equal parts school glue and water together in a bowl.
- “Paint” the backside of your plate with a thick layer of modge podge.
- Center and press the paper napkin onto the back of plate.
- Now “paint” the napkin with a layer of modge podge, smoothing out wrinkles and bubbles as you go.
- Trim the excess napkin right up to the edge of your plate.
- Allow modge podge to dry completely.
How to Make Designs
Now that you know how to make a basic plate design, you can make so many pretty designs.
- Use a sharpie to write names or messages on silk leaves, then apply them to the plate after painting with modge podge, but before applying the napkin layer.
- Use all silk leaves for a more textured design, using the same process as the napkins. You will just need to be more heavy handed with the modge podge. Do only a single layer of leaves so the plate will lay mostly flat when used.
- You could also use tissue paper, scrapbook paper, ribbons or other items for fun designs.