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Vintage Saucer Frames

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Need a fun rainy day craft idea?  These Vintage Saucer Frames from Mitzi Curi are the perfect thing to make on a rainy or snowy evening.  One trip to the thrift store and you'll have everything you need to create these elegant and fun Victorian crafts.  This is a great way to show off all the members of your family.  Arrange these saucer plates on a buffet table or on a large wall for a decor statement that stands out.

saucer plates

Materials:

  • Saucers
  • Laser copies of photos
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush

 

Instructions:

  1. First you need some orphaned saucers.  These are so easy to find if you don't already have some.  Ask any flea market seller, or look at a garage sale.  Cups always seem to get broken first, leaving their saucers behind.  It seems I have quite a few of them.
     
  2. Next, you need some laser copies of cute photos.  I like vintage photos, of course, but you could use your own family members or pets.  Laser prints of your pictures are best.  If you copy on an ink-jet printer, you will have to seal the copy with a spray sealant/fixative that can be purchased at a craft or art supply store.  But I recommend going to Staples or FedEx/Kinkos and using their laser printer if you don't have one at home.
     
  3. Cut out your little pictures to fit the wells of the saucers.  Your compass from tenth grade geometry class might come in handy here, or maybe a paper punch.  I usually find something around the house of approximately the same size, like the cap from a jelly jar, and trace around it to get a nice circle, then cut it out.  I thought I might layer a few pictures on top of vintage wallpaper for a different effect.

    saucer frames
     
  4. Next, apply some Mod Podge (I use the matte version) to the back of the picture, and place the picture on the saucer.  Smooth out the paper with your fingers.  Coat the top with Mod Podge.
     
  5. It might be a good idea to give your picture a second topcoat after a couple hours.  For a final step, I have taken a gold metallic pen and made little dots around some of the pictures and glued some tiny buttons around one of the pictures with E-6000 glue for some extra embellishment.

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