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

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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

Turn a plain glass plate into a special memento with decoupage glue and a favorite image.

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.


Step 1

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.

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Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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.


Step 5

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

Step 6

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


Step 7

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

Step 8

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


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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