Today was the day and we decorated real plates! Similar plates are shown in an article in the latest Home Companion magazine, but ours turned out so much better.
We were to bring one to three photos, a plate, some coordinating paper scraps, ribbons and buttons. I could not decide on any photos - it seems our family is only together once or twice a year and we never seem to get an "entire family" photo taken. And, not knowing exactly what we would be using them for, I just decided to go with a photo of the flowers on Michigan Avenue in Chicago where 3 of my girls live. I found a square green plate at Walmart and this is what I ended up with (sorry for the glare - it was impossible to photograph this without one and this is the best of five attempts):
They are hard to see, but there are some rubons on the top and in the bottom corners. The "ribbon" along the bottom is actually the piece on the edge of a piece of patterned paper (that has the company's name on it), but it was brown polka dot and too pretty to throw out). Everything is glued down with glossy Modge Podge and then 2 coats over the top.
This was a fun, quick and easy project and I can see this done in different ways. It would be great with vintage photos or holiday photos. In fact, the class of approximately ten ladies all ended up with totally unique projects and they were all wonderful.