I just recently had this “moment of Christmas DIY inspiration,” that I knew I just had to go with, but I was missing a few materials. It’s kind of like when you imagine this amazing outfit to wear, but you don’t actually own any of the clothes… Well, when that happens, or used to happen, I’d always turn to a girlfriend’s closet and in fact have many framed pictures of me wearing someone else’s clothes.
In this instance I decided to reach out to a new potential friend I’d only known via the online world (which even at this stage of the internet I still get excited about, cause there’s a whole wide world out there people! Okay, sorry I’m getting weird…). Anyway, I reached out to Kelley Wilds of Coastal Kelder whom does some pretty awesome DIY projects (her oyster shell projects are to die for!).
Kelley also does some pretty awesome projects using her Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine, which I don’t own and am still curious to know why… This Christmas DIY inspiration required one of these handy machines and so I reached out to her to see if she wanted to partner in this project.
Luckily, she was all in and then well, you can see below what happened… Initially, I’d had the idea of making these plates as Christmas gifts, but loved them so much I made some for myself later (they’re slightly different and that post is coming soon too).
If you’re looking for a classy or glam gift for the holidays then look no further! This is such an easy project that I promise you’re going to want to make your own.
First things first you’re going to want to iron your fabric to remove any creases. Then take on of the glass plates and place it on the fabric. Take a marking tool such as a pen, pencil or tailors chalk and trace the outer rim of the plate. Here’s the trick though, make sure to angle your pen out a bit so you end up drawing a wider circle than the actual plate.
Then using your scissors cut out all of the circles.
Get your Heat Transfer Vinyl image set up. Kelley created a file with the words ‘love’ and ‘merry’ using Illustrator (the fonts are Isabella and Jacques & Gilles) and exporting the document as a png file to then import them in Design Space. Next she cut out the design files on the gold Heat Transfer Vinyl using her Cricut machine (make sure to mirror the design so it irons on the correct way).
She then weeded out the excess Heat Transfer Vinyl from the design and they were ready to transfer onto the fabric.
Place the design graphic on the center of your fabric circle and gently iron on using the high-heat setting (Note from Kelley: Every iron is different, so some might take a little longer than others to heat & adhere. Test it by slowly pulling away the clear piece and if the design is still attached, put it back down & apply more heat.)
Your circles should now look like the one below…
Dip your foam brush into the Mod Podge and cover the top of the fabric circle completely (don’t worry about painting over the lettering as it will dry quickly). Then center the bottom of your plate on top of the fabric and press firmly to adhere the fabric to the plate.
Use your hand to place the fabric on the bottom edges of the plates. You may have to use your fingers to push out any air bubbles or creases in the fabric. Just use your fingers to push the bubble or crease to the outer edge of the dish.
Let the fabric dry for about 10 minutes and then use your scissors to cut away the excess fabric.
While the plates continue to dry you may need to push a few more air bubbles out, which you can do again using your fingers and push the bubble to the edge.