Use plates as a decorative piece around your home for keys, rings, fruit or lovely as a special gift. A selection of plates look amazing attached to a wall creating a beautiful hand crafted display of texture and color.
You will need:
brown paper or newspaper, torninto pieces
quilt style cotton fabrics
PVA craft glue (check it dries clear)
- Select plates from your home to use as the molds for your fabric mâché plates, the more organic the shape the better.
- Turn plates upside down and cover each with a piece of aluminum foil, smoothing out any creases.
- Mix up some wallpaper paste according to directions on packet. Depending on how many plates you are making you will need around 1⁄4 cup of glue per small side plate.
- Brush pieces of brown paper or recycled newspaper with wallpaper glue and then stick paper over the foil side of plate, overlapping at least 4–5 layers.
- Set aside to dry in a warm and dry place (about 1–2 days) remove foil from plates, then carefully remove the paper mache plates from the foil.
- Cut your choice of fabrics into approx. 1⁄2” thick lengths, then trim to random lengths to suit plates. The aim is to make a patch affect, so fabrics are best in varying lengths and trimmed shorter that the width of the plates.
- Working in small batches, brush PVA glue to the reverse side of fabric pieces then fix fabric in a patchwork style pattern to your paper mache plates, covering top and base.
- Set aside to dry, about 1 day.
- Trim off any odd threads.
- Use plates as a decorative piece around your home for keys, rings, fruit or lovely as a special gift. A selection of plates look amazing attached to a wall creating a beautiful hand crafted display of texture and color.
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