This is a decorative plate that can be customized for any holiday or event. It uses a reverse decoupage technique on the back of the plate, which allows you to use the front of the plate for food.

Step 1: Materials

Materials needed:

clear glass plate (any shape)
I got this plate at World Market, but I have also seen them at craft stores. Choose a plate with flat, clear glass, no etching or cut-glass designs.

decorative paper for central panel: wrapping paper, magazine picture, calendar picture, greeting card, etc.
Do not use a picture printed on your inkjet printer because the ink will run with the water-based glue.
Glossy Photographs don't work well because they resist the glue and there will be air bubbles between the photo and the glass.
Greeting cards with textures or glitter do not work well. You want to have flat paper to get a good bubble-free  seal between paper and glass. I find calendar pictures have a perfect weight, thick enough that the printing on the opposite side does not show through, but thin enough to be flexible and get a good  adhesion to the glass. Wrapping paper works great too (especially for holidays and special occasions) and you have an infinite variety of designs.
For this example, I used a paper money envelope from Chinese New Year.

metallic paper doilies
mod podge
acrylic craft paint that coordinates with your featured paper.
paint brush
<p>I have a question. How do you keep the back of the plate clean looking, no bumps or lumps, after finished product. I've made this, they turn out gorgeous but, the back of the plate looks full of lumps and bumps. I wish that i can get a more clean look. Can you please give me a suggestion? Thank you!</p>
<p>I loved the tutorial, too! I added a step, however. I glued some thing felt onto the back for two reasons: 1) like you, I wanted to hide the bumps. 2) as a gift, with felt on the back, it helps the recipient know to not wash the back too much. Plus, it helps to protect the paint. My next thing will be to try loose flock. I imagine that will be messy, though. </p>
<p>This is a fabulous tutorial! Thank you.</p>
Can you use photos with a matte finish? Or is there a special paper you can print the photos on? On my first attempt I used glossy photos and now I have streaks between the photos and the plate.
I've been 'decoupaging' my images from printer and ink NEVER has 'run'... <br>My printer is an Epson Artisan, with 5 ink cartridges, but i have also used images from other printers. These images have usually 'dried' for a day or so, but i've also used one's relatively fresh...a half hour or so. <br>I use modge podge as well as regular all-purpose glue watered down. If you're really a nervous nelly, you might try sealing your image first with a spray something-or-other and I've also used spray glue/adhesive to do this...have Fun, won't Run....
Do you think this will work on acrylic/colored plates? Your idea is wonderful.
Cool idea!
Oh, the possibilities!! Thanks for making this!
very creative

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