I’ve had this decoupage project on my list for a long time. This week I took a break from some larger projects so I could finally get it done.
I really shouldn’t have put it off so long because it’s quick, easy, and has made a huge impact in our dining room. A year and a half later, and I’m still DIY-ing this house into my own style, rather than the former owner’s. But when you’re time crunched, these things take time, right?
A few years ago when my sister and I cleaned out our mom’s things after she passed away, a full-sized plate rack came home with me. I planned to find some nice plates to display on it, but decided I’d DIY a set instead and create exactly what I wanted!
Old World Decoupage
I love using Old World-style maps in my decor. This frame repurposed into a serving tray is one of my favorite projects ever, and I’ve been itching to make another map project.
So…I put plates on my thrift store list and went on the hunt. It took 3 trips before I finally found what I wanted, but when I saw these:
I knew I had found them.
I’ll spare you the dramatic details of my quest for the perfect maps for this project.
I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing when you have this exact idea in your head of what you want, then go in search of it.
It does make eliminating what won’t do pretty fast work, but it also makes it extremely annoying when you search and search and can’t find what you want.
In the end, I remembered seeing some antique-like map craft papers at Hobby Lobby once and decided to check them out again.
Instead of the papers I remembered, I found an entire package of map-themed card stock, containing 20 different designs.
This was even better than I had expected. 🙂
Let’s Make some Old World Decor
To make the decorator plates, all you’ll need are plates, printed card stock, and decoupage. I used Mod Podge for paper.
Start by coating a plate with decoupage, then center and press the card stock on. Press it into the curves, up the sides, and over the edge.
The nice thing about these card stock patterned sets is that they aren’t as thick as standard card stock, but still thicker than craft paper, which is easier to tear. It’s an ideal texture for this project.
Evenly space out the folds that form around the outer edge on the front of the plate.
Spread more decoupage onto the edges,
then fold them over.
Give the decoupage a few minutes to set, then trim with a craft knife and wipe away any extra.
Finally, add a sealer coat on top of the entire plate and let it dry.
Then they’re ready to display.
You can have these plates completed in less than an hour. With drying time, you’ve got a simple project that will easily fit into an afternoon – start to finish!