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Upcycling: Design a Plate

Green decorating expert Danny Seo creates recycled crafts in his book Upcycling. Here, he uses paint and stencils to design a plate.

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-Hey, I'm Danny Seo, author of the book Upcycling. And today, I'm going to show you how to transform some old plates. You may have these dashed in the attic or somewhere in the kitchen. Maybe you find them at flea markets or at thrift stores and show these beautiful new silhouette plates. This is such a fun project and it's so easy to do. Now, I'm going to start with the 70's inspired plate right here because it's kind of tacky and I think the transformation will be pretty incredible. And the first thing you want to do is search for silhouettes online. And this is something that I just printed out on regular inkjet or laser printer. And this one is of a boy. It reminds me when I was 8 years old or 9 years old. But you could also choose different animals. You could do a whole constellation of stars. You can even spell different words in silhouette form to customize your plates. It's really whatever your heart desires because you can't go wrong. The next thing that you want to do is that your local micro star, they have this wonderful duct tape in half by 11 sheets. They come in a whole variety of different colors. And they're such amazing sheets because there's a merited uses for them. And what I love about these sheets for this project is that it's a low-tack on the stickiness to it. So it really blends well for the silhouette project. Now, when you print out your silhouette, you want to trace it on the back of the sheets of duct tape with a pencil. So you trace your silhouette with the pencil. There couldn't be any easier. And take a pair of sharp scissors to cut out your sticker. And then, you want to remove the adhesive backing that you have on your silhouette sticker and then put it right on your plate right here. You could center it. You could put it on the side a little. You could do the stars. You could go around the perimeter of the plate. You could spell your words or sentences around it. It's really whatever you want to do. Be as creative as possible. But the key thing is that once your sticker is down, you want to make sure that the edges are as firmly down as possible by pressing it with your fingers because you do not want the paint to leak under it so you have a very clean silhouette. Now, the next step that you need is some spray paint. And there's a whole variety of paints right now. And I happened to love these full finish metallic paints. They come in wonderful silver colors. I've got a great gold right here. But when you spray them with these metallic paints, it almost looks like you've dipped these plates in molten gold. It's such a great product. But if you want to do different colors to match the décor of your home, you can also choose spray paints like this wonderful matte purple right here, blues, greens or whatever your heart desires. So you're going to spray paint about two coats or three coats of paint on here. Let it dry completely. Peel off the sticker. And look what you've got, a brand new silhouette plate. Feel [inaudible] to vary them to decorate your walls and do holiday themes to decorate your home too. But just remember one thing, they are not food safe so just decorate but don't eat off with that. Have fun.