Design Your Own Ceramic Plates (using Magazines)

When we heard the fabulous TinkerLab had another Creative Challenge we knew we had to be part of it. You can probably tell from the activities on this site that we LOVE anything that can be recycled & turned into something new! So this challenge was right up our street! :-) We set out to make some decorative plates using only recycled materials. These designer plates would make unique Christmas gifts for family or friends.

For our decorative Christmas plates we used:
Copies of free Christmas promotional magazines from supermarkets (such as Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda)
Old plates,
PVA glue,
Paintbrushes & scissors.

Minnie (3yrs) started by flicking through the magazine pages to choose the images she liked & cut them out independently. There were plenty of Christmassy pics to choose from & lots of images were being selected! She is pretty skillful with scissors now & it's great to observe how her cutting technique has developed. She requested that I cut out a few images for her, but the majority were cut by her. (The great thing about this part of the craft is that images don't need to be cut, they can also be ripped or torn out, which some children may find easier.)

Once she had her selection of images she spread the PVA glue on to the back of each magazine cutout & stuck them to the plate. (You'll need to make sure there are no air bubbles/bumps in the paper, otherwise the images may wrinkle when varnish is applied later.)

She continued until she was happy with her design.

To create a gloss varnish Minnie painted on a layer of  PVA glue which covered her design.

We left to dry overnight & our designer plate was ready.

A cute, frugal gift for the holidays made with recycled materials!

Great for exploring creativity & design, pattern & shape, & ideal for helping to develop fine motor skills.

For some of our other magazine crafts check out
Decoupage Photo Frames
Magazine Heart Cards

Tinkerlab Creative Challenge


  1. Oh my! How cute! Perfect for Christmas cookies and Mince Pies! Lovely!


  2. Wonderful! They would go very well with our magazine table set, I will make some too! Thaks for the idea:)

  3. Oh, this is a brilliant idea! The plain jane plates got a complete make over and such a gorgeous one at that!

  4. what a fun idea. I have never heard of PVA glue until today and now I have read about it twice. I will have to try this soon!

  5. What a colorful idea!! Wonderful :)

  6. Wonderful idea! It would make a very unique gift!

  7. Such a simple idea makes such a lovely gift :)

  8. Isn't it wonderful when our children are old enough to do things all by themselves. My daughter is also 3, and I can totally relate to this post. We had fun cutting favorite objects from magazines today, and I bet my daughter would love to make a designer plate too. I'll have to bring it up at our next meeting :) Thanks for being part of this challenge!!!