Vintage milk glass is easy to find and affordable, especially the variety produced in the 1960's and 70's. I love the "lacy edge" plates, because they're just begging for a pretty ribbon to be threaded through the pierced edges and a bow tied at the top. Besides that, they are a perfect blank canvas for a decoupage project. Today I'd like to show you how I created a decorative silhouette plate that might inspire you to try something similar.
To make this project, all you need is a nice looking silhouette, some ribbon, Mod Podge, and a milk glass plate. I got my silhouette from The Graphics Fairy website. Milk glass plates can be found fairly easily at any antique mall or flea market. I might just happen to have a couple small versions in my Etsy shop right now, as a matter of fact....
Once I printed out the silhouette, I touched up the lighter parts with a Sharpie black pen. My printer was running out of ink, as you can see (below right). Because I have an ink-jet printer, I had to pay a visit to Staples to copy my silhouette on their laser copier. Otherwise, the ink would smear when I used decoupage medium on it. I also adjusted the size a bit to fit my plate.
Next I carefully cut out the silhouette image. I knew the cat whiskers were going to be too difficult for me to cut out, so I didn't even try (I added them after the fact with a Sharpie pen). I applied Mod Podge to the back of the cut out silhouette, which I had actually divided into three pieces (the two girls and the cat), then placed them on the plate and rolled over them with a brayer to get the image firmly in place. I added a topcoat of Mod Podge on the silhouette image, keeping close to the edges of the image and cleaning up the excess with a wet paper towel.
The last step is threading a ribbon through the edges of the plate and tying a bow. Easy!
I believe I paid all of $5 for this milk glass platter at an auction. Now it's a striking piece of wall art. I hope you can give this easy project a try!