DIY: Create Your Own Vintage Plates With Water Slide Decal Paper

Instagram Post (DIY Vintage Plates)

Have you ever wanted to spice up your dinnerware with a cute design? You don’t have to buy expensive specialty work – you can actually get a great look from a design print, using only supplies that you may have lying around your house right now. You could even give new life to old plates and cups you can find cheaply in a junk shop.
If you love cats or dogs, then you are in the right place. I used for this DIY designs made by Lisa over at Lismore Paper. The dog was inspired by a photo sent to us on our request by Sophie over at Sophie’s Corner.
Take a look at how to add these cute designs to your plates and saucers using an accessible and cost effective method.

Hat Guide (need)

Step 1 – The Print

Hat Guide (difference)

You need to print your design out (you can use the inkjet that you have in your home or go to your local print shop), and you should use Hayes water slide decal paper. If you do not have this type of paper lying around the house, you can get it easily on Amazon.
Set your printer to its highest quality. Set it to receive glossy photo paper as well. Once your artwork prints, let the paper dry for at least three minutes before you move on to the next step.

Step 2 – Spray It Down

Hat Guide 3 (spray)

Step 3 – Cutting the Design

Hat Guide 3 copy (cut)

Don’t worry – you don’t have to be a super accurate cutter in order to make your decal look great. You actually want to cut 2-3 mm away from the border of your design. Use sharp scissors for best results, and be careful.

Step 4 – Splish, Splash

Hat Guide (Take2)

Step 5 – Application

Hat Guide 6 copy copy copy (cat3)

This is another very important aspect of the process, and it is more an art than a science. You will need to find a way to smoothly place the decal on your surface without letting the water or your fingers slip and cause a problematic crease!
Use a damp cloth or a small squeegee to get rid of any air bubbles and extra water on your decal. Be careful.

Hat Guide copy (charles)

After it is completely separate, dab off any extra water from the decal on your surface. If you crease or tear your decal, don’t worry. Just go back to the beginning of the process after you print out a new copy.

Step 6 – The Waiting Game

Hat Guide 7 copy copy (noFood)

Without exposing it to directly sunlight, set your decal to dry for at least three hours. If you are working on a ceramic surface, then bake the new decal in the oven at 230 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes. Be sure that you do not put ceramics in the dishwasher – EVER. They are not dishwasher safe, and they must be cleaned by hand (gently).
Voila! You have your newly decorated vintage plates and saucers. Enjoy!
Protip: One of the best ways to enjoy a new decal is to give yourself the opportunity to see your artistic skill during a relaxed time in the day – tea time! Placing your cat or dog decal on the side of a teacup or saucer can add an entirely new level of flair to this part of the day whether you are serving friends or just enjoying a bit of downtime by yourself.
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(All images by 3C Style – Cat, Dog and Floral Designs by  Lismore Paper)
Thank you Lismorepaper and Sophie’s Corner for collaborating on this project.
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80 Comments

  1. Wow! I never thought this could be done outside of a factory. I remember my grandmother having a set of blue florals painted on white plates when I was a kid. This brings back sweet memories. Terrific idea placing the decal of the dog at the bottom of the food bowl. Cuteness on wheels. Hugs from here. -Alan

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    1. Thank you Alan. It was a fun project to do and I can’t wait to make another DIY with waterslide decal paper. I have many project ideas for the garden. If only Spring could finally get here for real. Sending hugs back your way. 😉

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    1. Hello Linda! Yes, it has a lovely vintage feel and I am pretty happy with the result. Lisa’s artwork is amazing and I can easily see her art on many other pieces. We might do some together when you and her come visit in May. I can’t wait to see you again dear friend. xoxo

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    2. I know. It is so cool. Do you know yet how long you and Bill will be able to stay? Do you need any help with the hotel reservation? Let me know if I can do anything, ok. Take care Linda. xoxo

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    3. I think we will probably come up on the 29th and head home on the 31st. I’m hemmed in a bit by a neurology appointment on the 28th and a wedding on June 1st. But I think that will work out just fine. Lisa will be there during that time if I remember correctly. ❤️

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  2. Trop beau! Quand même étonnant de réaliser qqchose comme ça à la maison. Le chien est trop cute!! Ta vaisselle est tellement belle! La tasse dorée fleurie. OMG!!!!
    Longue vie a ton blog
    Bisous xxxxx

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  3. You did such a fantastic job!! I absolutely love these and the dishes you chose are fantastic!! I cannot wait for all of us to do a DIY together. Photos are splendid, too! I really enjoyed this project. Love and hugs! 💖

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    1. I have a few ideas about DIY we could do together…. Poor Darren! All these girly projects will drive him nuts. Lol. Thanks so much Lisa for sharing your lovely artwork. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Darren. This was definitely a fun project to do. Taking the photos with only one hand available wasn’t so much fun though and I clearly remember wishing you were here to help. 😍

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  4. Wow I love these plates Dominique!!! Thank you so much for featuring Charles haha. I am so happy to see his face staring back at me on the plate 🙂 🙂 Great job on this wonderful DIY project. The designs turned out beautifully! I’ll have to give this a try some time in the future 🙂 ❤

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    1. So glad that you like the DIY Sophie. It was a fun project to do and Lisa and I are planning to do one together when she visits in May. Can’t wait! Thank you again for sending us a picture of Charles. Much love!

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  5. I enjoyed this for two reasons. First, because they are so quirky and pretty and second because I was just researching decoupage! I know you cannot eat off of items decoupaged, I wonder if yours can be used for culinary purposes?

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    1. Hello Kris! No, these are not to be use for serving food. But I’ve learned today about a way to make them safe: put a coat of Mod Podge (waterbase sealer). I have not try it yet though. Thank you for your comment… As always, it is fabulous. Keep well.

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  6. What a cute idea and I have been very crafty myself lately. This might be something else to try and the possibilities are endless to the creation process I enjoy so much. Thank you for yet another beautiful inspirational idea. Hugs

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  7. This is so cool.i did serviettage once on two canvas that I keep in my hall like a treasure because it took me a while due to my clumsiness but this looks much simpler😀😀😀😀😀😀

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    1. Totally agree with you Luda. Lisa is an incredible artist. So inspiring. It is an honor to be working with her and Darren. Thank you so much for your positive feedback.

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