These plates are 9" glass plates from IKEA that are pretty cheap so it's a very affordable gift. All the value is in the awesome art you're going to add.
Step 1: Get an Image
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Step 2: Clean Up the Image
This image didn't need too much clean up. My process was this:
- Make image grayscale
- Tweak the levels to brighten it up and make light grays white
- Erase bits and pieces left over
- Rotate 90 degrees to fit on 8.5" x 11" sheet
Other images might require more work with the eraser tool.
Step 3: Print and Cut
Trim off the excess with a razor.
Step 4: Stick It and Paint It
Let that dry and then spray on your favorite color for a backdrop.
When the paint is dry, apply a couple of coats of clear coat to preserve it.
Step 5: Two Layer Paint
Put a stencil on the plate and spray your first color. In this picture that is the blue paint.
After the first color has dried, remove the stencil and spray on the second color. Here it's green.
Now wrap up the plates and give them out to your friends!