Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May Arts Design Team Call - ribbon plates Tutorial

There are 3 posts for today so be sure to scroll down.

Here we go!!..my final project for the first round of the May Arts DT Call.

Designer Plates!  Plates made from ribbon?  This idea just popped into my head and I'm so glad it did!  This project was pure fun and and an easy one to do with the kids this summer.

Now you can have designer plates to match any occasion!  May Arts has literally hundreds of ribbons to choose from so you'll never run out of inspiration.   Be careful though, they're addictive!   I already have my choices picked out for Memorial Day to be sure to stay tuned.  :-)

These would be beautiful accent pieces for display and set of 4-6 would make a wonderful "Thrifty Gift"!

                                    
Aren't they gorgeous?

I have a  printable tutorial for you here as well.  Let's get started!

Supplies:
Mod Podge
Small Sponge Brush
clear dessert plates (dollar store)
May Arts Ribbons (if using ½” ribbon and matching patterns you will need approx. 3 yards; wider ribbons with no patterns will require much less)
Waxed paper to protect surface

1. Assemble supplies. I used May Arts ABB Check Stitched Ribbon. Cover your work area with a sheet of waxed paper.  This will not only protect your surface, it will also keep the plate from sticking if you happen to get some Mod Podge on it.




2. Cut enough ribbon strips to completely cover your plate.  Wipe any fingerprints from the back of the plate with alcohol or window cleaner.  Beginning in the center, cover the back of the plate with Mod Podge and ribbon strips, working a line or two at a time.  Continue until plate is covered with ribbon, set aside to dry. 

                                       

3.  Once the ribbons have dried, apply another coat of Mod Podge.  Set aside to dry.  You can work on other plates as each one is drying. 


4.  Use scissors to cut away the excess ribbon.  Make sure to stay close to the border of the plate.


5.  Apply 2 additional coats of Mod Podge.  Be sure to allow the first coat to dry before adding the next one. 


Once  the plates have dried they will be clear and ready for use.  Clean the top with a damp cloth, dry then add something yummy! I had our local bakery match the frosting to the ribbon...is that cool or what?




Note:   Hand wash the top only.  If a more permanent water resistant coating is desired, cover the ribbons with several coats of polyurethane.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I can't wait to see your May Arts Ribbon designer plates.




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6 comments:

Karin said...

So, so clever! Bright and fun for summer time and the treats looks yummy too :) Good Luck!

Kathy said...

Yikes...these are WAY cool...thanks for the idea!

Karen B. said...

one word



amazing!

Regina Easter said...

ditto to what everyone else said.......TOTALLY AMAZING...

Sue from Oregon said...

This is sooo totally cool Charlene. Your choice of ribbons on this project are so cheerful! I can picture a whole table set up!

jen said...

Good gravy! You are such a genius! :)