How to Decoupage a Glass Plate from the Dollar Tree

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easy way to decoupage a Glass Plate with fabric and Mod Podge

Mod Podge® Project using fabric and a glass plate

Learn how to decoupage a glass plate to make cute plates for serving plates, decoration or catch-all plates with clear glass plates you can get at the Dollar Tree or other retailers.

You will put the fabric (or paper, or napkin or whatever you want to use) to the bottom of the plate. That way the top remains food safe and the fabric looks extra vibrant through the glass.

supplies needed to decoupage glass plates with fabric and Mod Podge


Fabric used in this tutorial is from my Spring Barn Quilts collection from Riley Blake Designs.

Watch the video tutorial or find written directions below the video.


00:00 introduction
00:20 Supplies
00:50 How to use dishwasher safe Mod Podge®
01:24 Clean the glass
03:18 Prepare Fabric
03:55 Apply Mod Podge®

04:53 Put fabric on plate
05:56 Apply Mod Podge® to back of the fabric
06:14 Storing brush between applications
06:43 Trim the fabric
08:36 Apply more Mod Podge®

cut fabric an inch larger than your plate on all sides

Cut your fabric

Place the plate, face down, on a piece of fabric. Fabric should be at least 1″ wider than the plate on all sides. Or you can use a tape measure and measure from one side to the other, across the bottom of your plate. Cut a square 1″ larger than the measurement.

clean the bottom of the glass plate with rubbing alcohol

Clean the bottom of the plate

  • Make sure you have removed any sticker residue from your plate. If you heat a price tag or other sticker with a hair dryer for a few seconds before trying to remove it, the heat will soften the glue and make it much easier to do. If any reside is still there, use an adhesive remover like Goo Gone to get the rest off.
  • Wash with soap and water and let dry.
  • Then just before getting crafty, clean the side you will apply the Mod Podge® too with a cotton ball or cotton round and rubbing alcohol. This will ensure any dirt or oils will be removed from the glass and not cause problems with your project. Problems like the Mod Podge® and fabric not sticking properly.
  • Let the plate dry completely.
apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the bottom of the glass plate

Don’t shake the Mod Podge® bottle – you don’t want to add any air bubbles you have to deal with later. Simply roll the bottle on the table or between your hands to mix it.

  • Apply a thin layer to the bottom of your plate with a foam or soft bristle brush.
  • Place the fabric, right side down, over the plate and carefully smooth it into place.
  • Push out any air bubbles.
  • Turn your plate right side up and use fabric scissors to trim the excess fabric, leaving ½” around the plate.
  • Turn the plate back over again and apply another thin layer of Mod Podge® over the back of the fabric.
  • Let dry for 1-2 hours and apply 1-2 more coats.

Brush Care Tip:

You don’t want the Mod Podge® to dry in your brush in between coats so you can either wash it in warm soapy water or place it in a sealed plastic bag or container so it will remain moist.

trim fabric close to the edge of the plate with small fabric scissors

If you will be doing a lot of plates you might want to get a dedicated pair of small fabric scissors and write “Mod Podge fabric” on them. I’m not sure how cutting through dried glue will affect the sharpness of the stickers over time but if you’re like me, you are very protective of your scissors!

  • Once the 2-3 coats of Mod Podge® have dried, use fabric scissors to trim the remaining fabric around the edge of the plate.
  • If any fabric is loose, apply more Mod Podge® and press to seal the edges.
  • Apply one last coat of Mod Podge® and let dry.

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge® Project Care Instructions

Plaid®, the makers of Mod Podge®, say to let your plate cure for 28 FULL DAYS before washing. After that you can put it on the top-shelf of your dishwasher or hand wash.
The Mod Podge® will absorb a little water and create a milky look but don’t freak out. Handle gently and when it is fully dry it will go back to how it looked before washing.

Learn more about dishwasher safe Mod Podge®, a non-toxic, water based decoupage glue, on Plaid®’s website.

How do you think you will use this idea? You can make plates as gifts, home décor, drop zone catch-alls and more. Let me know in the comments what you plan to do with them!


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🧵 Tara Reed

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