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DIY Patriotic Dishes

DIY Patriotic Plates

When I was a little girl, I loved (and still do) visiting my grandparents’ farm in Georgia.

My grandfather, Papa, always had work for me to do to earn money and my grandmother, Mamaw, always had a craft for us to do together.

Every summer I would spend a week with them and one year my Mamaw introduced me to the art of plate decorating.

She showed me a few she had made and I was a little intimidated by how awesome they looked.

But when I saw how easy it was I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

I made these cute dishes last year for the Fourth Of July and I just got them back out for Memorial Day.

It’s funny how some fabric-lined plates can instantly take you back to your childhood.

I can almost smell her fresh homemade banana nut bread and I’m definitely missing the caramel walnut brownies she made on every vacation trip to the cabin at Lake Hartwell.

 Want to make your own?

All you need is some fabric, Mod Podgescissorsa foam paint brush, and clear dishes.

You can get clear glass plates from the Dollar Tree for a dollar each.

Materials for fabric lined plates

I went with two different patterns and two sizes of plates.

Also be sure to cover your workspace with a thick layer of newspaper.

Mod Podge can get pretty messy.

Cut template

Start by cutting a rough outline around your plates.

You want your fabric circles to be a little wider than the plate so it reaches all the edges.

Don’t worry, you can trim it later.

put plate on bowl

Next put your plate upside down on top of an upside down bowl.

This makes it a lot easier to work with, move, and pick up.

cover plates with modpodge

Spread a layer of matte finish Mod Podge over the entire bottom of the plate.

It goes on white but dries clear.

cover plate with fabric

Working quickly, top the Mod Podge with your pre-cut fabric (print side down) and smooth well with your fingers.

Having that extra little bit around the edge comes in handy here because it keeps the inside from wrinkling.

Some of the glue may soak through the fabric onto your hands and that’s okay.

It washes off skin very easily.

cover fabric with modpodge

Once smooth, spread a layer of Mod Podge over the fabric.

Let dry for 1 hour.

Repeat steps for any other plates you are making.

trim edges

After the glue dries, you can use some sharp fabric scissors to trim the excess right up against the plate edge.

The dried glue makes the fabric stiff and easier to cut than the soft material.

Once trimmed, add another coat of Mod Podge to the back to seal the edges and tighten the fabric bond.

Let dry for 24 hours before handling.

DIY Fabric Lined Plates

This is the finished product!

They perfect for serving appetizers and snacks at parties and are wonderful hostess and birthday gifts.

You can customize them by using any fabric pattern you’d like.

DIY 4th of July Dishes

**Keep in mind these dishes are not dishwasher safe.

They need to be hand washed very quickly on the top only.

The bottom can withstand a little water but just in case you didn’t get a perfect seal on the edges, try to keep the bottom dry.

DIY Patriotic Dishes

Have you ever made your own decorative dishes?

What did you use them for?

My favorite ways to use these plates are for serving cold veggies, cheese and crackers, and handheld desserts.

This easy DIY craft is so easy and cheap to make and perfect for Memorial Day and Fourth Of July


  1. Very cute! Are you able to wash them once they are coated with the mod podge? Or do you have to be careful to just wash the tops?

    • Lela Burris

      Hi Jennifer! You can wash them, just very quickly. Mod Podge also makes a dishwasher-safe option, but I haven’t been able to find it in my local stores.

  2. Great idea and I love your fabric choices.
    🙂 gwingal

  3. Lela,
    Great tutorial with clear instructions for such a cute, fast, easy project! Your patriotic plates are super cute, and I like having mixed patterns of stripes and stars that remind of us flags without being flags.


    • Thank you so much Judith! I didn’t want to go full-on flags so I could use them for other things, too. I used the striped ones at Christmas time last year.

  4. This looks so amazing! I can’t wait to try it. Pinned and tweeted! Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you, tonight at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  5. they look great

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