Make a gorgeous handmade Mother's Day gift with plain glass plates and patterned fabric! We'll show you how to make this easy DIY gift Mom will love.


This Mother’s Day, make your mom a gift that’s as one-of-a-kind as she is. Learn how to create these DIY Mother's Day plates using your mom’s favorite colors and patterns. This easy craft requires only a few crafts store items and clear glass plates to create a beautiful handmade gift your mom will love. She’ll be wowed by your DIY skills and honored that you took the time to make something just for her. Follow the instructions below, then finish your gift by wrapping in hand-painted wrapping paper, or complete this craft with your mom as a fun mother’s day activity!


How to Make Decoupage Plates

Supplies Needed

  • 7-inch clear glass plates
  • Fabric
  • Dishwasher safe decoupage
  • Sponge brush
  • Scissors

Step-by-Step Directions

With a few basic materials and these how-to instructions, you can create your own custom plates. You should be able to complete this Mother's Day craft in about an hour.


Step 1: Cut Fabric

Wash the front and back of each glass plate, and let dry completely. Use rubbing alcohol to remove any soap or oils. This will allow the glue to adhere better. Trace around the edge of the plate on the backside of your fabric. You'll want to be as close to plate as possible, but ensure there is enough fabric to cover.  Cut a bit bigger than the circle you traced, just outside of the pencil line.


Step 2: Apply Decoupage

Apply a layer of decoupage to the patterned side of the fabric by brushing it on in controlled vertical strokes. Do not use an excessive amount. We found that a foam brush works best to ensure even but light coverage. This will ensure the fabric adheres without streaks or lines.


Step 3: Adhere Fabric

Lay the patterned side (decoupaged side) of fabric on the bottom of a glass plate and smooth with hands. This helps remove any air bubbles or streaks of decoupage that may appear. Allow to dry for a few hours. Once completely dry, use sharp scissors to trim the edges of the fabric around the plate.


Step 4: Decoupage Underside

Apply a coat of decoupage to the bottom of the fabric you just applied. Allow to dry overnight. Refer to the information on the dishwasher-safe decoupage for coating instructions. Apply multiple coats, but let dry at least 2 hours between layers.


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