Originally we were going to make a few DIY geek dishes, using only geeky maps (you know… Middle Earth map, a map of Hyrule, Westeros…) but then decided we needed a whole set of geek dishes, since they were so easy and fast to make.
**UPDATE! CLICK HERE for a quick video tutorial for the project!**
We first teased this project on our Instagram a couple of weeks ago, but technical difficulties put us behind on projects for awhile. We’re back up and running now!
What you will need:
-Clear glass plate(s)
-Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge (yes, this is a thing!)
-high res images printed out on 11 x 17 paper
-a paint brush or sponge
If your dishes will only be decorative and not used for eating, you can just use regular Mod Podge decoupage glue. We knew we’d want to actually use our plates, so even though we don’t have a dishwasher (gasp!), the Dishwasher Safe formula seemed a little more appropriate for regular washing.
We picked up the clear dishes at Joann, for a few dollars each. You can probably get similar dishes from a dollar store, thrift store, or buy a set of 12 from Amazon, here.
Google Image search whatever your favorite fandoms are. We started with images of the Lord of the Rings and Legend of Zelda maps, but couldn’t stop there so kept collecting more and more images. Be sure to only search for large images. Once you’re set, print them out on 11×17 paper. Our home printer doesn’t do this, so we did it at a small copy shop for 35 cents per print.
Center the plate on the print and mark where the edges of the plate are. Since the plate is square, it’s pretty easy to figure out where you need to cut slits in your paper (one slit for each corner). The reason for cutting the slits is so that everything lays more smoothly. If you want to avoid this step and make things even easier, only glue the print to the flat part of the plate, instead of bringing it all the way to the edges.
Clean the bottom of the plate and lightly coat it with Mod Podge. If you’re a stickler for following directions, Mod Podge also recommends that you paint a thin layer on the paper as well, where it will be adhered to the plate. Make sure that your print is centered, and press it face-down onto the Mod Podged plate back. GENTLY SLOWLY SLOWWWWWWLY press the print down all over the dish. Seriously, as slowly as possible, to avoid air bubbles.
Push the paper down all the way to the edges of the plate, overlapping the paper where your slits were cut.
When the print is completely stuck down, let it dry for at least 15 minutes. The more the better (we waited a couple of hours between coats). Then apply a layer of Mod Podge to the backside of the paper, continuing to smooth out wrinkles and air bubbles. Once that coat is dry, apply a second coat.
After the Mod Podge is completely dry, cut the excess paper off of the plate using an X-acto knife. Add more Mod Podge to the edges to seal everything down.
Done! Be sure to let your new plates cure for a couple of weeks (they recommend 28 days), before washing them. And even though it says it’s dishwasher safe, we recommend that you be gentle with your new geek dishware, and hand wash them instead… Or you can use them for decorative purposes:
What do you think? What artwork would you use? If you don’t want the back of the each dish to be solid white, you could always print double-sided – Mod Podge dries clear!