How to Glue a Photo to the Back of a Glass Plate

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Turn a plain glass plate into a special memento with decoupage glue and a favorite image.
Turn a plain glass plate into a special memento with decoupage glue and a favorite image. (Image: Raspberry on glass plate image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com)

A photo plate is an excellent way to preserve a precious memory. A plain clear glass plate is transformed into a beautiful memento to be treasured for years to come. Memory plates make perfect gifts and are inexpensive to make. With minimal crafting knowledge and a spare afternoon, you can create your very own memory plate.

Things You'll Need

  • Clear glass plate
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Enlarged color photocopy of a special photograph
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Decoupage glue
  • Glass paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Newspaper
  • Clear varnish spray

Soak a cotton bowl in rubbing alcohol and rub across the front and the back of the plate. Allow a few seconds for air drying.

Cover a hard work surface with newspaper to protect your work space.

Cut out the photocopy image so that it fits perfectly onto the back flat portion of the plate. Set aside.

Dip a paintbrush in decoupage glue and apply a thin layer to the back flat portion of the plate. Allow for setting according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Apply the image, face down, onto the back of the plate. Press gently to remove creases or air bubbles.

Brush the back of the glued down image with a thin layer of decoupage glue. Allow for drying according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Paint a colorful design on the back rim of the plate. Allow for drying.

Spray the back of the plate with a coat of clear varnish spray to protect it. Allow for drying.

Tips & Warnings

  • Protect your hands with rubber gloves when using rubbing alcohol to avoid skin irritation.
  • You can purchase a plate stand for display purposes.
  • Never put the plate in the dishwasher or soak in water. Wash with a damp towel soaked in soapy water. Dry immediately with a clean towel.
  • Not intended for food items or use in the microwave.

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