Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mod Podged Bird Plates

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When I first saw this project on the web 
over at Frugal with a Flourish,
I knew I had to knock them out.

Modged Up Bird Plates
Photo (c) b3 home designs

So I did.

I already had the salad plates from staging the last place we sold.

I already had Mod Podge because, well, I'm a crafter

To get the birds, all you have to do is Google "Images, Bird sillhoutte"
Low and behold the choices are almost endless

I picked out about 11 I liked
Then I went into Microsoft Digital Image Suite (pre Photoshop love affair)
And opened a circle the size of my plates (8 inches)
And then sized the birds so that they were pretty similar size for each plate

I printed on regular 8.5 x 11 paper
Then got to snipping and cutting.
Of course, I did this by hand.

Unlike this project gone wild
The snipping and cutting only took me 10 minutes
or so
and no one looked at me like I was crazy.

Once cut, I modge podged them down onto the plate
with a layer of MP on the back of each cutout
Then I ran a layer of MP across the full front
And that dulled down my already not full bleed black ink
So I took my Deco Art Gloss Black Enamel acrylic paint
And a couple of tiny brushes
And filled in the sillhoutes again
Let dry overnight.

Next morning, use Disc Hangers (aka, the BEST plate hanging tool in the world)

Best $12 ever spent in home decor accessories
Disc Hangers
Photo (c) b3 home designs

to make the plates ammendable to hanging
Then I used a cool eyeballing trick for easy, symetrical, photo hanging
Fun times.
I'll blog about that.

Part 2 of eyeballing plate hanger placement
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Don't let the copious supplies, cutting time or successive steps scare you.
This is totally DIY Easy.  Jump in and see.

Dining Room Bird Plates
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Now I just need to determine
what I'm going to do with my highwater curtains
And whether or not I'm going to just do it already
and paint that gold mirror black.

We have NOTHING gold in our house
I felt better about that mirror once I put the curtains back up
But I'm still thinking black is where that has to go.


  1. I LOVED your bird plates and featured them here! So cute!

  2. This is amazing. I have a thing for birds. I need to find a place in my house to hang some plates!

  3. The plates are adorable! I saw some recently similar to yours in a expensive decor shop. Now I can make my own! Hugs, Sherry

  4. I love the bird plates, I think I'm going to have to try this.

    I'm head over heels for your blog, btw. I think I have a favorite blog now. Not trying to sound brown-nosish or anything. ;-)

    I don't know if you have painted the mirror frame already, or if you would even like this project or not, but I thought I'd link you to it. It's pretty cool...

    Easy, cheap, and I bet you have a black stain somewhere in that new paint stash you got from Freecycle!


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