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Jeni's Quick Crafts

19-year-old Jeni, has provided these fun, easy craft ideas for every day use, holiday crafting and a great way to keep children busy when babysitting. Jeni has been crafting and babysitting for many years.

Pretty Dinnerware

  • Magazines or photos
  • Clear glass plates
  • Totally clear glue
  • A paintbrush
  • Paint (should be non-toxic, although let me say, you will not be eating off the paint side of the plate)
Start with plain glass pates, just plain old clear glass plates. they should have any ridges or decoration. You can pick them up for like .50 to $1 at thrift stores or big cheap department store type places like Target or WalMart.

Now cut out pictures from magazines of anything you like: movie stars, Hello Kitty, Lynda Barry cartoons, coll clothes from catalogs, you name it. You can even use pictures of you and your friends, but the thinness of magazine paper works a tad better than photos.

Get some newspaper and spread it all around, just in case you make a mess (which is half the fun anyway). Now place the pictures facedown on the back of the plate, so you see the image from the top of the plate. You can tack them down with clear glue or just hold them in place with tape for the time being, but put the tape on loosely, becasue you'll want to take the tape off before painting.

Now take your paint and paint the back of the glass plate, over the back of the pictures. The paint acts as a kind of glue, sealing the photos or pictures in. Do not paint the top of the plate where food goes. I repeat, do not paint the top of the plate where food goes. Just the underside.

You might want to do two coats for a truly opaque plate, but wait for the first one to dry before continuing on to coat two. You can also experiment: Paint stripes of different colors or paint shapes or flowers. Let them dry. Now throw yourself a dinner party where the menu is all Tater Tots and the fine china features you (or Hello Kitty or Ernie Pook's Comeek or whatever).

Don't put them in the dishwasher. Just rinse with warm water, suds and your own little hands.

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