Originally, I thought about spray painting over the design and then painting hearts on top of that. But although I liked the new color, you could still see some of the white lines in some spots, and this was after two coats of paint. So, we moved on to plan B. We had some paper left over from Christmas, and my crafting partner and I decided to cut out paper hearts and decoupage the hearts onto the plates.
We used a heart stencil to trace different sized hearts on the back of sparkly red and tan paper. Then, my little assistant cut out the heart shapes.
We arranged the hearts around the plates until we liked the arrangements. If you look closely, you can see some stars carved into the table. My kids just love to embellish things!
For the decoupage medium, I diluted some Elmer’s glue with enough water to thin it out, and this worked pretty well. I glued the hearts to the plate and then brushed the watered-down paint all over the plate. I don’t have any pictures of this process because my assistants decided to play outside at this point!
I read that glue isn’t the best thing to use if you want professional results or you want the project to last a long time. However, because this is supposed to be a quick craft, and the plates will be inside the china cabinet, I wasn’t worried about using glue.
I think they turned out pretty nice! I put them on top of the mantel to take the picture because it’s too dark in the cabinet.
The glue gave the plates more of a matte finish, which makes them look more like pottery. Because I already had all of the materials, this was a super thrifty craft, and I certainly can’t complain about that!
Have you started on your Valentine’s Day crafts yet?
Thanks for reading along today! Have a super week!