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How to Make Your Own {Creative} Custom Party Plates

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Custom Party Plates Tutorial - by HWTM

I’m excited to share one of my VERY. FAVORITE. “party tricks” with you today! You can make such a big impact to table place settings or food/dessert buffets with these DIY Custom Party Plates. All you need is decorative papers or stylish gift wrap + spray adhesive to transform clear plastic plates into unique decor that perfectly matches your party! And worth noting: I tried several different types of adhesive the first time I made these and a light coat of spray adhesive was the best and most streak-free solution by far.

Sure – this takes a little extra “crafty” time and might not be ideal for your 200+ person affairs, but for smaller celebrations like baby showers, milestone birthdays, and celebratory dinner parties, this is such a great way to make a BIG creative splash. You can also add a thoughtful touch by incorporating names or photos of the guest(s) of honor into the plate designs. :)

Read on for the instructions + a few examples of how I’ve used this project at events in the past.



You’ll Need:
•    Clear Plastic Plates (I buy mine at Party City)
•    Spray Adhesive
•    Decorative Paper
•    Paper Cutter
•    Optional: Photos (photo copies or home print-outs are fine)

Custom Plates Tutorial - with Paper

Instructions for Simple Decorative Plates:

1. Gather your materials and set up an outdoor workspace. Spread out a large plastic trash bag on the ground next to your workspace to act as your “spray” area. (You can also use a large cardboard box.)

2. Cut decorative paper to size for the bottom of your plates. My papers measured a little under 6” square here.

3. Spray the top surface of each decorative paper square with a light, even layer of adhesive, then set it down on top of your workspace, sticky side up. Hold a clear plastic plate directly over the paper, centering the plate as best you can before it touches the paper (doesn’t have to be perfect), then press down firmly to secure the bottom of the plate to the surface of the paper.

4. And you’re done! You’ve got a pretty, unique plate that perfectly coordinates with the rest of your party decor. Repeat the process to make as many plates as you’d like.

Custom Plates Tutorial - with photos

Instructions for Photo Plates:

To create personalized photo plates, use the exact same steps as above, except layer a smaller photo on top of your patterned paper square, as shown here. Use as many different photos as you like to create a thoughtful, personalized table filled with your favorite memories!

DIY Custom Party Plates - Royal Birthday Bash

In-Use Examples

Want to see a few examples of these custom plates in use? Click on a title to view the full party:

Pictured Above: Toy-Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash

Pictured Below: 1. Dancing with the Stars Viewing Party (I used a different shape of plastic plate here.) | 2. Swim Party Play Date | 3. About to Pop Baby Shower (I alternated between spray adhesive and washi tape for the plate adhesive here.)

DIY custom party plates by hwtm


By |2018-05-30T10:32:14-07:00October 20th, 2014|DIY & Printables, Free Printables, Party Decor Projects|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (9) and Rylie (7). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


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  3. Rachel cobbs October 20, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Is This food safe ?

    • jenn s. October 20, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Yep! The paper is on the bottom surface of the plate – not the top, so nothing is affected at all where the food actually goes. :) That’s why it’s necessary to use a clear plate, though.

  4. Anastasia October 21, 2014 at 5:04 am

    This is just for once-off right? Plates can’t be washed due to paper being used….

    • jenn s. October 21, 2014 at 6:56 am

      Correct – these would be intended for one time use. :)

  5. @_ToastMistress_ October 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

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  6. @CandaceNJohnson October 22, 2014 at 10:53 pm

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  7. @Greatest_Story October 23, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Great tip for creating custom party plates http://www.hwtm.com/2014/10/diy-tutorial-custom-party-plates/ via @HWTM_Jenn – An awesome, easy personal touch!

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