The children of Spokane Cat club have elected to make cat plates for their father this year. These plates make a wonderful addition to the home office and fathers will proudly display the thoughtful gift their children have made them.
The materials you will need for this easy-to-make project are a ruler, two pictures of your father’s favorite cat, a ceramic 2 dinner plates, photo quality printer paper, construction paper in the color of your choice, sharp scissors, a 2—inch foam paint brush, Mod Podge and a permanent marker.
Arrange the ruler across the plate to establish about how much of the surface you’d like the pictures to cover. Scan the picture on to your computer and print out the photos in the appropriate size. Generally, it will be an 8-by-10; if it’s a salad plate, a 5-by-7. Both sizes can be purchased at the Dollar Tree or a thrift shop, if you don’t want to use what you already have.
Place a loop of tape on the back of the photo and push the photo onto the card stock.
Cut around the outline of the cat’s face, in an oval shape, through both layers of paper, it seems to work better if you turn the paper, not the scissors as you cut.
Remove the photo and tape from the card-stock profile… Situate the picture, back side up, on a sheet of paper. Use the brush to paint the picture with a thin layer of Mod Podge all the way to the edge.
Lay the picture, sticky side down, on the middle of the plate and lightly smooth with your fingertips to get rid of any air bubbles.
Swathe the picture with another thin layer of Mod Podge, brushing it out a little beyond the edges, and let dry thoroughly. It should be dry in, 20 minutes or so.
Use a permanent marker to write your cat’s name, your name and the date on the back of the plate. No eating off this plate! Although Mod Podge is nontoxic, it is water-based, and food can ruin it. Display it on a shelf or hang it on a plate hanger instead. It will need an occasional dusting.