monogram plate




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photo from Martha Stewart

In the April Martha Stewart Living, she showed how to decorate eggs with designs from paper napkins. Very cool idea, but I wasn't really planning on doing it this season. Then, in TJMaxx, I saw these napkins for 1.99/pkg. Hmmmmm....my wheels started turning and I thought what if I could do this on plates?
Remember the plates I found at Target back in February? I loved the little beaded edge, but wasn't crazy about the pattern. So, I spray painted them cream with~be sure to spray a couple of light coats, letting it dry completely in between so you don't have drips.

I cut up the napkin and there were three layers~I just gently took off the top layer to use.

I don't have mod podge, but you can make your own by using elmer's glue and just watering it down. I put a thin layer on the plate, placed the napkin layer down,

and then gently added a thin layer on top and smoothed out any bubbles. The nice thing about this is if you make any mistakes, you just take it right off, wipe the glue off and try again. It took me two takes.

I love how they turned out! If there are any flaws, they are going to be up high where no one will notice~I'm hanging them in the dressing area of my bathroom.
**Side note: "I might learn to like her. Hang her in my bathroom." Can anyone name the movie?? **
The bathroom's coming...I may just have some pics to show you next week! But for now, this works for me. I'll see you back here tomorrow for a fun giveaway~I think you'll love it! Have a great day~



70 comments:

  1. How clever and how beautiful. I've never had much luck with mod podging anything, I can't seem to get the neatness factor down just right. There has to be a secret; perhaps one day I'll learn.

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  2. I love these plates, I'm definitely going to have to give this one a try. Did you receive the bag ok???

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  3. What a great idea and they look GREAT!!! What did you paint the plate with?
    Sherrie

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  4. A N N I E!

    Favorite movie as a child. Now my children love it.

    I had the cassette and played it until it wore out. I still know the songs and in the same order since we didn't have skip or play random like today! Too funny.

    Love the plates. My husband's initials. Where did you find the napkins?

    Adrienne

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  5. They turned out great! I love the plates too. Great find :)

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  6. Oops, I see the tag! TJ Maxx! Must go hunting.

    Adrienne

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  7. Love the plates!!!! What a wonderful idea.

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  8. Annie- for sure! you are so clever and crafty.

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  9. These look great! I think I might have to steal your idea, thanks for the tip!

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  10. genius! I always see ideas and think, "oh I could do that" and then try and it looks like garbage! But, maybe I really could do that. Now I need to go to TJ Maxx and see if I can hunt down some "M" napkins! Maybe it's just me, but I have a hard time finding "M" when I look.... I'll be keeping my fingers crossed because if I can pull this off it will be a perfect addition to a project I've been working on! Thanks for the idea!

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  11. Can't think of the movie, sorry.
    Love the plate and think it's so cool that you hang them in your bathroom. My hubby would think I was crazy! I love it!

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  12. These turned out so pretty. They will look great in your bathroom. Plates in the bathroom, now my wheels are turning.

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  13. Love it! This is such an adorable project! Great idea!

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  14. I was SO hoping you would have a post on this special day!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY girl! I am so glad you were born!

    By the way, cute project--his and her plates, I am sure Big H was thrilled!:)

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  15. Those plates are just FABULOUS!!! I will never look at ugly plates and napkins the same way again, lol ;o)

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  16. Very nice!!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  17. HOLY TOLEDO! Spray painting plates? Using napkin monograms? Who is this clever crafting super-hero? I have got to come up with a super-hero name for you because I just can't handle how dang awesome you are!
    ♥Jen

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  18. wow, those turned out great! wonder what the odds are that I could find a B there?

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  19. Those are awesome. I always see super cute napkins. Great idea :)

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  20. Wow! Those turned out great! Thanks for the shout-out!

    Kimba

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  21. Wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea! In fact, I've been buying pretty white plates and saucers at the thrift for just this reason! I was frustrated because I wasn't finding rub-on letters like I had hoped. I'll have to give this a try...thanks for a great tip!

    Happy Easter!
    Tracy

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  23. Fabulous!!! I will be looking at ALL cutesy cocktail napkins differently.

    And it's from Annie; Daddy Warbucks re the Mona Lisa...

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  24. wow! never would have guessed-the results are beautiful! I'll be trying this soon,
    kristen

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  25. oh my goodness! I have to make my own plates!!!!!!!!!! I am going out to find some very cute napkins and I will get busy! Thanks for the inspiration

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  26. I LOVE this!!! Now I have to find some cute plates to do my own.

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  27. Melissa, that is fantastic!! I love the plates now, and the napkins were just a perfect solution. I think I will copy you if I ever come across similar materials for cheap! :)
    Carrie

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  28. Amazing! They turned out so professional looking I just love them.

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  29. Those look so good, Melissa! I hope you have the best day ever - happy birthday!

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  30. You don't know me, but I love your blog! I am Bliss' friend from Utah. I wish my mind would work like yours! Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

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  31. OMG!! This is wonderful. You are so creative.

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  32. i picked a great day to stumble upon your blog! love this project and i think they look great. can't wait to see them hung up in the bathroom:)

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  33. Honestly, I just found your blog the other day and already I am in LOVE. You do the most adorable, fun and easiest things (or at least you make them sound easy). Tell me what kind of paint this is that you sprayed the plates and the bunny with. Are they the same? I would love to give this a shot just after I start garage sale shopping and find me some items of my own to makeover. Keep up the GREAT work and THANKS again!!!

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  34. Totally Cute! Luvin these plates!

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  35. LOVE those! Where do you live so you can come and help me decorate me house?! :)

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  36. Oh my goodness! I LOVE them! I've been on the hunt for some great plates to do this same things to! Thanks for the heads up on the napkins...I'm off to TJMaxx!

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  37. Love these, they turned out great!

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  38. Ooooh! I love the way your plates turned out!!! Beautiful!

    ~Dawn

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  39. I do believe you have inspired me! I have this wood box that I spray painted pink and I couldn't figure out what to do next. I'm so excited - thank you!

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  40. What a fabulous idea ~ so creative!

    Jo

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  41. What a great project! There's nothing I like better than a monogram and a beautiful white plate!

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  42. Absolutely brilliant AND gorgeous! I love them!

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  43. I was just at TJ MAXX today and did not get those napkins. I am kicking myself now! I will be going back and doing this FOR SURE!!

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  44. Wow, they turned out beautifully!

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  45. Sherrie & Ashlee~I just used Krylon ivory spray paint. I found it at Walmart. Just be sure to do a couple of light coats, letting it dry in between, rather than one heavy coat to avoid drips. Also, if you are spray painting outside, make sure it's at least 50 degrees or warmer so it doesn't bubble up. Good luck!
    P.S. I used Walmart brand almond paint on my bunny, but on this project I needed something more white. Hope this helps!
    Thank you for all of your comments!

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  46. GENIUS!!! Love it and will be copying you!

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  47. you're a genius...that rocks!!

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  48. OMG I LOVE it!!......you guys are all so clever!! now I'm on the hunt for monogram napkins and MORE cute plates! LOL
    (I'm adding this to my tumblr acct - Tidymom Finds)

    ~TidyMom

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  49. Wow, those are amazingly gorgeous! I need to get me some of those napkins!

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  50. great job on the monogram plates,, love it.

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  51. now that is awesome!!
    great job!!

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  52. I just love seeing your latest creations. You have so many great ideas. You and Martha Stewart really need to team up. Her show needs a little of your creative geinus.

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  53. This idea is genious! How smart you are!I can't wait to see what you do next!

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  54. I found the same napkins yesterday at Marshalls after reading your post...and picked up a plate at the thrift store for .75....spray painted it in my basement....voila!
    Thanks for the AWESOME tutorial.
    Now I have 79 more monogram options... (4 per napkin, 20 napkins!)

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  55. This is so super cute! Jen

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  56. I am so excited...just found some J napkins (maiden name is Johnson) at TJ Maxx and W...my current last name at Tuesday Morning. Found some plates at Salvation Army so I have my Christmas present for family this year taken care of. Well, still got to make them but THANKS for the idea. It's awesome!!!

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  57. I'm totally amazed.... but I cant't find any napkins as nice as the ones you used...If we can't find the napkins is there an alternative ..please help
    I absolutely love this idea

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  58. I love this! I have to try this! WOW! Thanks for so many great ideas!

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  59. Hi Melissa, I saw this post a few weeks ago and knew I had to try it, I tried it out today, minus the napkins (I printed out an "A" from word), and it didn't come out so bad(just a little smudging of the ink)I might try it again if I find some monogram napkins, love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  60. I have those napkins!!
    I'll have to try this.

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  61. Hi there, it's me again! Just wanted to let you know that I have linked to your post with this great project, thanks again for sharing this tutorial!

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  62. Leeann Denmark1/8/14, 8:21 AM

    Awesome idea.  I can't wait to try it.  The movie question.... Is the answer Annie??

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  63. melissa*320 sycamore1/8/14, 8:23 AM

    You are RIGHT! :)

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  64. melissa*320 sycamore1/8/14, 1:19 PM

    That would be cute! Welcome to 320 Sycamore :) Love that Pinterest.

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  65. Bookaddict2091/8/14, 1:28 PM

    ANNIE I LOVE THAT MOVIE YAAAAY
    I GUESSED THE QUOTE!

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