How to Put a Photo on a Ceramic Plate

You may add a picture to a ceramic plate utilizing the time-honored method of decoupage or publish your own water-slide sticker with a transparent appearance that lets the color and texture of this plate show through. Use these methods to commemorate a family picture or your child’s artwork — or create your own works of art. **Before you begin these methods, clean the plate** to make sure it’s thoroughly clean by wiping it with a paper towel moistened with rubbing alcohol.


Scan your picture and transfer it on to your computer’s photo files. Use photo-editing applications to brighten the image, if necessary, or otherwise enhance it as you would like. Use the software to size the image so it will fit within the center, flat part of the plate. Print the image on white copy paper.

Cut the image from the newspaper, following the outline of the chief figures in the picture. Use small, sharp scissors for a precise cut.

Place the image face down on a sheet of scrap paper or magazine page. Coat the plain side of this image using an even layer of decoupage medium, using a 1-inch paintbrush. Place the image face-up and concentrated on the plate and smooth it down with your hands. Working from the center of the image outward, gently smooth the picture paper to eliminate air bubbles. You can also use an old credit card or gift card by scraping the border from the center of the image outward; work carefully to avoid tearing the paper. After you’ve pressed all areas of the image onto the plate, then set it aside until the medium is completely dry.

Insert embellishments to the plate if needed. As an instance, you may cut smaller pictures and place them across the rim of this plate to border the main picture. You could also paint boundaries around the main image with acrylic craft paint along with a small artist’s brush. Choose a paint color that coordinates with the image, or use silver or gold paint for a rich appearance. Permit the added pictures and paint to dry before sealing the plate.

Paint a thin layer of decoupage medium above the trapped image along with the plate, using a tidy 1-inch brush. Allow the medium to dry, then repeat two more times for a total of 3 coats of this medium. Allow the plate dry immediately to cure the medium before displaying your photo plate.

Decal Move

Print your picture on a sheet of decal-transfer newspaper, after product directions. Cut out the picture, cutting near the image outline.

Place the cutout image in a bowl of water for approximately 30 seconds. The capital paper will curl as the sticker loosens from the newspaper. Eliminate the cutout before it’s completely released and slide it off the newspaper onto the plate. It is possible to slide the image to place on the plate when it’s still quite wet. After the image is in place, press down with your hands along with a kitchen sponge to firmly seat it on the plate. Permit the sticker to dry on the plate.

Spray the image along with the plate having a transparent sealant, such as acrylic or polyurethane. Use three coats, allowing it to dry between each coat. After the third coat, then allow the plate dry immediately.

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