Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Paper Plates as Decor - Just Add Yarn!

Now, you all know I am a classy gal.  I mean, if I did a "What I wore..." post, it'd be trend-setting all. the. way.  If you consider Target avant garde, that is.  So, it should come as no surprise that I used a paper plate as part of my Spring Mantel.  
That's right, my friends - paper plates are the newest craft supply you never knew you always had.  Really, any thrifted plate will do - if you pick up a few mis-matched (or even chipped) plates the next time you're out scavenging for great deals, think about covering them with yarn, too.  It's so easy!  All you need is yarn, a glue gun (or patience if you want to use regular glue and save your fingerprints), and a plate.
The first thing I did was incorrectly mark the center of the plate.  You can probably skip this step, and just go ahead and mark the center IN THE CENTER the first time.  Then, I started coiling my yarn at my center mark.  I glued it down pretty thoroughly as I went, because I knew I was going to stand this up and I didn't want loops of yarn dropping down off the plate.
 Once I covered the whole surface, I carefully continued along the edges.  I glued yarn along the entire edge on each side of the plate in order to completely hide the fact that this was, indeed, a paper plate.
 I continued on a for a few more rounds on the back of the plate - just in case someone happened to stand against the wall next to my mantel and look down the length of it.  Would you believe people are always doing that at my house!?!?!?  OK, they aren't, but I found the process of gluing and coiling yarn strangely relaxing and just kept on trucking.  (see that mark - one of those cross hatches is my mistaken center . . . why did I think the plate would have two different widths - it's a CIRCLE!).  
And there you go - a gorgeous addition to the Spring Mantel.  I'd love to tell you how I made those little crocheted baskets in front of my new plate, but I am horrible at keeping track of stitches and such, which is oh-so-helpful when writing a crochet pattern.   At least you can make this plate in about 25 minutes or so!
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  1. That is a seriously awesome idea! LOVE how it looks on you mantel!

  2. ha! This is awesome! I love your classy paper plate. Im a paper plate gal myself :)

  3. Love the idea! A great touch for the mantel...I just need to get a mantel =D

  4. The first thing I thought when I saw this was totally awesome. Apparently I'm not the only one! Thanks for sharing your great idea!

    Claire @

  5. This is pretty amazing! I'm thinking I may try with some jute ...

    My only trepidation is pain factor with the glue gun. I wonder if I could mod podge. I have this giant bottle that I don't think I could ever use in my lifetime ...

    Thanks so much for linking up to our Cinch party!



  6. That looks pretty easy if you ask me! It's so chic too. Also, I just became your 200th follower!

  7. I love your easy and thrifty! I also love those little baskets...from the picture they look like they are crocheted? Did you make them? I'm a crocheter and would love to have the pattern.

  8. I like this, what a great idea!

  9. How cute!! I never would have thought to do that! Clever!

  10. How clever and easy is that?! I love a project that I have everything for and can finish quickly! How fun!

  11. Ooh, what a fun idea! It's cute and I love that you could do any kind of color combo you wanted.

  12. What an amazing project! I think you have found a new use for yarn! Perfect for all my spring decorations.

    Thanks for linking to our "It's a Cinch" party.


  13. Love this - reminds me of the yarn bottle decorating I used to do in Girl Scouts. My girls would love doing this with me!!

    So glad you joined our Cinch party.

  14. Are you kidding me?!?! This is genius! I'm totally pinning this. Thanks so much for sharing this at our Cinch party.

  15. Such a cute idea! Thanks so much for joining us at our link party this week! We hope you will join us again tomorrow night!

    Take care,


  16. So cute!
    Visiting from The Space Between where Karah has just featured you~

    ~ Dana
    Cooking at Cafe D

  17. I love yarn and love this bowl. I would never thought this was made with a paper bowl. Lovely project!
    Have a great day,

  18. Amazing, smart, and creative! I bet this gets re-pinned a ton! (That's the new uber-complement : )Thank so much for sharing this.


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