Sea creatures DIY glassware and plates collection.

Sea creatures DIY glassware and plates collection

Have you made any projects for summer entertaining? Well, you need to get on it! Time is wasting away. Recently Man Podger Walter visited the Plaid section of the Walmart craft department and purchased paint and Mod Podge . . . then he hit the glasswares department and found plates and the coolest trifle bowl. He used these items to create a DIY glassware collection fit for entertaining, inspired by the ocean. The result? See for yourself above. Here is Walter’s tutorial and more images of his amazing sea creatures collection.

I love to entertain, and presentation is everything to me! I don’t typically shop at Walmart for entertaining needs, but it was amazing to find that they have so many options. AND the challenge of making something basic with reliable Plaid products has once again proven a success!

Walmart’s housewares section was full of basic glassware (video here), perfect for painting and Mod Podging. When, I came across the trifle bowl, I immediately knew that I could make a nice centerpiece (I was thinking FISH bowl?)! Then, I saw the glass salad plates and thought to myself, “I could make a collection with sea images.” I collected my four plates, trifle bowl and also one big glass charger for my serving dish.

Next, I approached the crafts department, and it was like being in a candy store (video) . . . I love FolkArt paints, and WOW! So many varieties . . . I bought some FolkArt Enamel in Aqua, perfect for painting the base. Then I headed to the fabric department and saw a piece that looked liked water. On my way to pay for my goodies, I saw a package of four coasters for .99 cents and thought, “I can make this look good.” It all started to fall into place, the ideas . . . I couldn’t wait to get home and create this masterpiece. That’s how confident I was feeling.

Below is the collection I created, and I am very pleased with the results. SO easy. 98% of all my items from Walmart were Made in the USA, which was also a very important factor in my purchase decision!(X-Acto blades and fabric came from China).

Here is an Image of the collection in a place setting, ready for guests to enjoy (I am thinking great for appetizers, salads or dessert?)

This is the smaller plate and starfish coaster from the collection.

And, the large serving dish.

The trifle bowl, was transformed into a magnificent centerpiece!

Take a peek at the other side.

This is how I did it!

Step 1: Gather Your Finds
I made this fabulous collection from the following Walmart items:

• 4 Glass Salad Plates
• 1 Larger Glass Plate
• 1 Trifle Bowl
• 1 Package of four coasters
• Fabric with a water pattern
Mod Podge
• FolkArt Enamel Paint (Aqua)

Step 2: Two Options A and B – your choice
A: I scanned the fabric into Photoshop and slightly altered the image.  Then, I used Dover “Sea Creatures” clip art to create this look. Measure the back bottom of plate and create image to fit. Make a laser copy and cut. I used a circle cutter to get an accurate circle.
OR: B: Make a laser copy of the fabric and selected image(s) from Dover Clip Art. Cut with X-Acto knife or scissors.

Step 3: Decoupaging Plate(s)
• Remove Manufacture stickers, prices and clean the plates.
• Apply Mod Podge to the back of plate with a brush.
• Apply Mod Podge to the image front, remember the front image is getting mounted to the bottom of the plate.
Tip: For best results, use the Mod Podge Professional Decoupage Tool … The squeegee aids in getting air pockets out.
• Let dry for at least 15 minutes, then seal back of image with Mod Podge for protection.

Step 4: Decoupaging Trifle Bowl
• Remove all stickers and prices;wash and dry.
• I cut out the images of the two big fish and small shells with an X-Acto knife.
• Apply Mod Podge to the inside of the trifle bowl, and then the front of the fish image and set into place. TIP: Use Mod Podge squeegee for best results.
• Then add the shells to the inside of the bottom (base pedestal) using Mod Podge as a glue; let dry for at least 15 minutes.

Step 5: Paint
• I then applied FolkArt Enamel Paint over the dried, decoupaged shells. It’s like magic, the way it transforms! It dries to the touch quickly but will completely cure in 21 days (air dry).

• Fill the centerpiece with beach sand or “sandbox” sand (pack it into the bottom of the bowl).
• Add a pillar and some tea lights.
Tip: I used the bottom of a 2oz. FolkArt paint to press into the packed sand to make the perfect cavity for placing the tea lights. Then, I added some seashells I have collected over the years from favorite beaches I have visited.

For the coasters:
• Removed the cork that was attached with a very small dab of glue.
• Cut image to fit inside the coaster.
• Apply Mod Podge on the top of the coasters and place the image. Smooth and let dry. Seal with Hard Coat Mod Podge.

Projects finished, and time to send out the invites for the party. Note that you will only be able to hand wash the fronts of the plates as opposed to submerging them completely in water.

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  1. Rachel {} says

    These are so fun! What a great idea to decorate for any theme!

  2. reFresh reStyle says

    They look great, you made it look so easy. The possibilities are endless!

    I hope I get an invite to the party!

    • says

      Hi Cindy! You can hand wash the fronts. You should not put them in a dishwasher or submerge them. So you’ll probably just bust these out for a party as opposed to everyday dinnerware 😀