Umbridge's Kitten Plates

Introduction: Umbridge's Kitten Plates

We can all agree that we hate Dolores Umbridge. There's really no question about it. But one thing we don't hate are kittens. Get ready for the cutest Harry Potter DIY project ever.


GIMP is a free image editor that you can use to customize your kitten plates with your own kitten images. I've included a template file that makes this extremely easy.

As for the decorative plates, I got mine at Goodwill for $1-$2 each. Browse around some second-hand shops and even antique shops (if you want to get really fancy). Just look for any designs that would look at home in Umbridge's office.

You'll also need to download my free templates available below. I am not referring to the instructables PDF (which requires a paid subscription). You want to download the .zip file.

Step 1: Video Tutorial

Follow the video tutorial above or continue through the steps here for written instructions!

Step 2: Measure Your Plates

Next, measure your plates. You'll only be measuring the flat center part of the plates, as that is where the kitten templates will be attached. Write down your measurements and be sure to remember which measurement goes with which plate.

Step 3: Make Custom Templates (Oprional)

If you'd like to make a custom template, you'll need to download and install GIMP, unless you have Photoshop.

Open the kitten plate template .psd file in GIMP. You will see a tools window on the left and a layers window on the right. Select the "Background" layer, and then drag and drop your custom kitten image into the GIMP file that you have open. The kitten image should now be in a layer above the "Background" and below the "Border" layers in the template.

From the tools window, select the scale tool and click on the kitten image. A scale window should pop up. Make sure the little link icon is clicked so that the aspect ratio is locked. Now click and drag on the corners of the kitten image to scale it so that it covers the gray circle in the template. Click "Scale." Now select the move tool from the tools window and click and drag the kitten image to position it where you want it to be in the circle on the template. Once you're satisfied, you can click File->Export As and save this image as a .jpg file.

For additional help, please see the video tutorial.

Step 4: Print and Cut Out the Templates

To print the templates, open the .jpg file you want to print in GIMP (or Photoshop). From the top menu, select Image->Scale Image (or Image->Image Size in Photoshop), make sure you select inches from the drop down (pixels is usually selected by default), and change the dimensions to the size you measured for your plate. Once you rescale the image you can print it out on plain paper and cut it out with scissors. It should be just the right size to fit in the middle of your plate.

Step 5: Glue the Templates to the Plates

Put the kitten template face down on a scrap piece of paper and use your glue stick to apply glue on the entire back of the template. Now just line it up with the middle of your plate and glue it down.

Note: these plates are for decoration only. Please don't try to eat food on them. Not only will you ruin the kitten photo because the food will cause the ink to bleed, but you'll also be ingesting printer ink. Probably not a good idea.

Step 6: You're Done!

That's it! Congratulations, now you have awesome kitten plates! Now if only we could animate them...

Please let me know what you think and share your creations in the comments below!

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    3 Discussions

    Really cool project, just got one idea to add:

    Wouldn't it be possible to use Photopaper instead and then apply several layers of clearcoat? Since then the plates could be used and the image would have a glossy layer on top, so that it looks like it's actually part of the plate.

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    Yes, that should work. I'm not sure how long the clear finish would take before it's safe to eat off of though. Those chemicals can linger for a very long time.

    Umbridge would be so proud!