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We all use plates every day.  But because they are such everyday items we sometimes forget to think about them in terms of design and decor.  So today – I want to share with you seven great ideas on projects that you can make with plates.  Enjoy! 

1. Make a Wreath

For starters – since it is fall – I thought I would share this project I found at Midwest Living.  I really like the idea of using a plate to be your base for a cheerful wreath!  You just glue the leaves on and the peel them off when your done!

 2.  Turn them into a 3-D Sculpture    

I love this idea that Sarah @ The Thrifty Decor Chick had to create some beautiful art for her kitchen.  She cut a faux pear in half and glued it to a plate to create a creative art piece.  Brilliant!  And beautiful!

3.  Make a Unique Cake Stand

People have been using plates and glasses glued together all over blog land to make beautiful unique cake stands.  But I adore this one from Vic @ Punky & Me – the vivid red is just too cute! 

4.  Hang them on the Wall

Hanging a grouping of plates on the wall is a great way to create a big impact in a space.  I love this collection from Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality.  She got them all at yard sales too! 

5.  Put a Graphic on It

I have seen all kinds of varieties of this around blog land.  A lot of people have used Cricuts or Silhouettes to cut out cute vinyl cut outs.  Some of us aren’t cool enough to have those fancy machines – so I made my Bird Plates using Mod Podge and card stock. 

6.  Create your own Stained Glass Window

What abou this idea from Becky @ Beyond the Picket Fence to take several glass plates to make her own stained glass window?  How creative is this?

7.  Turn it into a Mirror

I would love to find a beautiful scalloped plate like these that Monica @ Craftynest did.  She took some 4” mirrors that you set under candles and made the most beautiful mirrors!  Oh I just love them! 

So there you go! Seven great ideas on how to take your plates past the dinner table and into your decor.  So what do you think?  Have a favorite?  Have you done a great plate craft of your own?  If so – share it below in the comments or over on my Facebook page

13 frugal friends said ...

Anna @ Blissful Whimsy said... @ October 26, 2010 at 9:32 PM

I LOVE repurposed plates and all your projects above :o)

- Brittany said... @ October 26, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Some great ideas here! Thanks for sharing.

Brittany
http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

Erin@likegrandmas said... @ October 27, 2010 at 6:25 AM

Love the ideas Jess. I have some plates that I need to hang and this has given me several options, so thanks!

Hoosier at Heart said... @ October 27, 2010 at 7:02 AM

I love the stained glass window one. That looks amazing. Also, thanks so much for telling me about Midwest Living. I didn't know about that site and I will spend time going through that, I'm sure!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said... @ October 27, 2010 at 7:25 AM

I love the idea of turning them into mirrors! A whole group in varying colors could make a real statement-frugal, but fabulous idea.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said... @ October 27, 2010 at 8:06 AM

Thank you, Jess, for featuring my plate wall! You're a doll & I appreciate you.

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said... @ October 27, 2010 at 11:16 AM

All of the ideas are fabulous. I really like the stained glass effect.

adele said... @ October 27, 2010 at 3:10 PM

I love the mirrors and the red cake plate. What did you spray the plates and wine glasses with?

Adele

fafner said... @ October 28, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Something about the half a pear on a plate cracks me up. It also seems totally doable!

Rachel Cotterill said... @ October 28, 2010 at 3:53 PM

That cake stand is amazing - but there's a limit on what kinds of cake would look fab on bright red.

Marilyn Holeman said... @ October 28, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Jess, I always love your lists of ideas and links to projects. Keep up the good work!

Megan {Honey We're Home} said... @ October 28, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Those plate mirrors are really cool! I never would have thought of that!

Pamela said... @ November 19, 2010 at 4:43 PM

All these plates and I zero in on the pictures of Jesus with the children. It's one of my favorite pictures. And I do like your plates, too!

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