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Pottery Barn Autumn Plate Hacks

November 11, 2019

· Tutorials,Home and Garden

Welcome my friends! Have you been spending a lot of time in stores lately? What have the prices been like?

I have something for you today that you're going to absolutely fall in love with.


Decorative Plates

These are without a doubt one of my favorite things to do.

These can be made so simply with transfers and I'll share this method with you.


  • Waterslide paper
  • White dinner plates from Dollar Tree
  • Minwax Polyurethane Sealer


  • Find an image that you love.
  • Print it on 11" x 8 1/2" waterside paper. Important to print it on the landscape view rather than portrait.
  • Apply a light coat of Minwax Polyurethane Sealer and let that dry for 30 minutes. We'll apply a total of three coats. Allow each coat to dry for 30 minutes.
  • After your image has dried with the Polyurethan, you'll cut it out.
  • Grab a bowl that will fit the size of your paper. Add room temperature water, and place your design in it for 30 - 60 minutes (best to read the instructions on the water slide paper).
  • It’s normal for it to curl up so if this happens, you’ll need to use your fingers to open it up. Make sure your piece is in the water and laying flat. 
  • While waiting, we’ll go ahead and get some alcohol and wipe off our plate.
  • Gently lift it out of the water. Another great tip is to take your fingers and dampen the mug. You want to make it really slippery so your waterslide image will stay on there. Then apply your design to the plate slowly and carefully.  Use one hand to help hold the design in place while you gently move the backing away.
  • Once you get it exactly where you want it, take a paper towel and dab the excess moisture away. Wipe all around and make sure you get the whole plate until it’s all dry. 

I've created a bunch of images for you here that you can simply print out onto your waterslide paper.


All of these images measure 11" x 8 1/2".


So what exactly are you going to be doing with these new gorgeous dinner plates?

Hang them on your walls of course. Not familiar with doing this? Well let me show you how easy this is.

Materials we'll need:

  1. Frog Tape
  2. Measuring Tape
  3. Wrapping or Butcher Paper
  4. Plate Hangers
  5. Picture hanging nails

Step 1. First measure the space on your wall where your plates will hang, to determine how many plates you can fit in that space. Make a note of the height and width of the space.

Step 2. Find the center point of the arrangement.

Step 3. Gather the plates you'd like to hang. Arrange them first on your counter, table or floor.

Step 4. Measure the final arrangement to make sure it will fit in the space. Modify arrangement as needed.

Step 5. Grab some wrapping paper or butcher paper and trace the outside edge of each plate you are using. Cut out all of the plates.

Step 6. Place the first “paper” plate. Measure between 6" - 10" for the spacing inbetween each plate.

The Frog Tape makes it easy to keep adjusting the plates to the desired look and measurements.

Step 7. Continue adding the plates that you've decided on, keeping in mind the 6" - 10" spacing inbetween them.

I hope you enjoyed this post because I thoroughly enjoyed writing it for you.

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