Decoupage a Glass Plate

How to Decorate a Glass Plate Using Decoupage

Decoupage plates

Follow these instructions, shared by Diane, and discover how easy it is to make a stunning plate using decoupage techniques. Decorate a glass plate to match your decor or customize one with photos.

  • Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

  • Clear Plate
  • Wallpaper Scraps or Other Decorative Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Glass Paint (optional)
  • Decoupage Medium
  • Foam Brush
  • Scissors


Cut out the desired patterns from the wallpaper sample. The larger the designs are the easier it is to cut, especially for children.

Lay out the pieces as you will want them on the plate. When you are happy with the way they look, apply a coat of decoupage medium to the back of your plate. You then stick your pieces of wallpaper onto the decoupage medium. Make sure you stick them so that the picture side of the wallpaper shows through the top of the plate. You can slide them around until they meet your approval; then, with your foam brush, apply a generous layer of decoupage medium over the wall paper pieces.

Select a color of tissue paper that you want to use for the background, I have used gold and silver at times and it looks very rich. Stretch the tissue paper across the back of the wet plate.

Trim away any extra that extend beyond the edge of the plate. Don't be worried about any wrinkles, it gives the glass plate an interesting look.

Let the decoupage medium dry and then add another coat. Let that dry. Add one more coat and let it dry. Once the plate is completely dry, you can use glass paint around the edges to add a little extra detail.

You can also add a poem or a signature, by including a photo-copied message or poem - the kids love personalizing these plates... Voila - a gift that will last a long time and may even co-ordinate with your room.

From Sherri: This technique can be used with other papers such as napkins, old book pages, photo-copied photographs, and much more!