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Designer Plates for Less

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 is 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!



  • 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 ½” 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!  There is a May Arts Ribbon to match any occasion and/or décor.  I can’t wait to see your May Arts Ribbon designer plates.

Blog post by: Charlene Driggs


  1. katie

    Such a great idea, would NEVER have thought of it myself.  Now I know what to do with all that extra ribbon that seems to be reproducing itself in the craftroom. LOVE IT!!

  2. Christina

    This is such a GREAT idea!  I'm going to have to try this for our next party or BBQ!

  3. ellen s

    This is brilliant! love it!

  4. Sue D

    Awesome idea!

  5. tam

    Oh my goodness! I absolutely love this! I'm thinking gifts for sure! Thank you for sharing!!!!

  6. Renee VanEpps

    How cool is this?!?!  Thanks so much, will definitely try this out 🙂

  7. Melanie

    Lovely!  I had been thinking about doing something like this.  Glad you tried it out for me 🙂  The ribbons are simply yummy on the plates, and as for surface wash only, just make sure not to put something too gooey on it, or since you are using clear plastic plates, you could maybe double them up, one ribboned and one not, so that you can still see the ribbon, but you can pick up the top plate and immerse it in water.  They certainly make lovely serving platters!

    1. Charlene

      Hi Melanie,
      Thanks, Melanie.   I wouldn't recommend using plastic plates.  These are glass plates so they're easy to wipe off and you could also use your idea of placing another plate on top.   If polyurethane is applied to the back they can be hand washed. 

  8. Annette Hindes

    Love It!

  9. Kristie Maynard

    These are soooooo lovely!

  10. Nicole Martel

    you are a genius!! This is fantastic!!


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