The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Upcycling an old plate for St. Patrick’s Day.

I love to decorate for the “big” holidays (Christmas, Halloween, Easter…)  But I am often hard-pressed to come up with the energy to decorate for the “smaller” holidays.  St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays.   That said, I love that Mod Podge and a little paint can make it so easy for me to whip up a lil’ sumpthin’ to add a little Luck of the Irish to my decor.
Here’s how to make a Lucky Shamrock decorative plate.
It was so easy.  Here’s what you’ll need:
I took a cheap, plastic plate charger that had seen better days and I  gave it a nice coat of green spray paint.

Using scrapbook paper that coordinated with my green paint, I used my electronic cutting machine to cut out letters.  Don’t get twisty if you don’t have a cutting machine… you can find pre-cut letters in all shapes and sizes at your local craft store.

I cut out the word “LUCKY” four times and arranged the letters around the rim of the plate.

I am a big fan of the “eyeball” technique (as opposed to careful and precise measurements) so to make sure I was fairly even, I just created an X out of chopsticks to create four quadrants and arranged the letters that way.

Using some Mod Podge and Plaid’s Extreme Glitter paint in Peridot, I got to work.

Once I had the letters where I wanted them, I took each letter, one at a time, and brushed the back with Paper Mod Podge* then smoothed them into place.  (You can use the Gloss Mod Podge for this step if you’d like.)

Using the Extreme Glitter paint, I painted a shamrock in the center of the plate.  Did you know a 4-leaf clover was basically just 4 circles kind of smushed together?  I didn’t either, but that’s what it is.

After painting my 4 smushed circles, I gave the shamrock a little stem.  The Extreme Glitter paint went on rather light, but it dried to the darker color that I wanted.

Once the glitter paint was dry, I put a coat of the Gloss Mod Podge over the top of the whole plate for a nice, shiny finish.

This was a fun, easy project to do….

I love that in about an hour I could say that I had decorated for St. Patrick’s Day.

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PicturePerfectPixies said...

March 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm
I am the same as you. I don't decorate much for St. Patty's either.

I think this touch would be just enough. Thanks for the quick tutorial. The chopstick trick is genius!

~ Laura said...

March 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm
I love quick and cute!!! For just a touch of green, this is perfect!!! And I think the chopstick trick is genius, too!! :)

MiMi said...

March 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm
I've been thinking I need to do this.

Emmy said...

March 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm
That is so cute!! Loving that chopstick technique, I am a big fan of eying it too so that is perfect!!

Johanson Family said...

March 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm
I really like this!! I am still trying to learn the tricks to my silhouette machine and might have to give this a whirl! Or buzz you for help! hah! CUTE!! Its too bad St. PAtty's Day comes and goes so fast! I really like the shamrock!

Marisa said...

March 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm
What a great idea. Sooo easy and festive. Me likey.

Xazmin said...

March 15, 2012 at 6:26 am
Yes! That's my kind of decorating!

Easy, cheap, fast, and Mod Podge!

I hope you are doing well, and I think of you and your family daily.

pinkertonjamesl said...

March 15, 2012 at 11:26 am
It great art and paint.It make from paper crafting.Thanx to share with us this kind of idea and thoughts.

Soldes 2012

Heidi @ Honeybear Lane said...

February 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Great idea!! I love how you're always using old stuff to make something cool and new. Thanks for linking up.

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