Friday, July 22, 2011

SKULL PLATES......An oldie but a goodie!

For some odd reason my nephews love these plates.  I tell them over and over again that skull and crossbones mean poison but they still eat whatever I serve on them.  Kids!  The best thing about this process is that you CAN eat off of them and they are hand wash safe, but don't put them in the dishwasher!  All of the paint is on the underside of the glass.  This project is from THE BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS vol. 1 and it's one of the most popular projects in the book.  Grab a copy!
Hugs, xoxo, Mark
Beauty skull plate 2
Glass plates
Laser color copies of a skull (or image you want to use)
1/2 yard of nylon athletic fabric or lace to use as a stencil.
Elmer’s Glue
Spray Adhesive
Plenty of newspaper for your workspace
1” paintbrush
2 colors of contrasting Krylon Fusion spray paint per plate
Minwax Polycrylic Clear Coat

STEP 1:  Wash your plate and dry it thoroughly
Step 1
STEP 2: Cut out your skull image

Step 2
STEP 3: Water down your Elmer’s glue a very tiny bit, paint it on the face of the image and adhere it to the back of your plate so that you can see it from the face of the plate.

Step 3..
STEP 4:  Cut out a piece of the athletic fabric or lace that is big enough to cover the back of the plate and spray it with the spray adhesive.  Place the plate face down on some newspaper and press the fabric over it.
STEP 5:  Spray your first color over the fabric.  Make sure you hit every spot.  Give it about 5 minutes and remove the fabric.  You will have a relief design of the fabric.  It's like a stencil.

STEP 6: After the first coat dries (I’d say about 15 minutes) spray it with the second color of paint and let it dry. SUGGESTION:  Spray a light coat first and let dry for a few minutes, then spray again for a better finish.

STEP 7: When the second color is dry, coat the back of the plate with the Minwax Polycrylic clear coat. Let it dry and coat again at least three times.  
Here's the image for you to print out for this project. 
COVERS together


  1. those are awesome! my 3 year old would LOVE to eat off of these!

  2. Love this project. I want to make a whole set using loteria designs and every color.