Hi guys! Welcome to the second post of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts here on the blog. Today I am going to share a super fast and fun DIY, Family Portrait saucers. This is not a new idea. I had seen the idea a couple of places around the internet, but I cannot seem to find any now. So if you guys know of the source, please let me know so that I can give proper credit. I’m sure it was in one of the big home decorating mags too. The ones I have seen in the past use paper and just tape or glue the photo to the plate. I decided to use lazertran photo transfer paper on mine instead. I feel it would be more permanent and would hold up better. So, here is my version of photo plates:
Here’s What You Need:
*Family Photos and a Scanner
*Lazertran Photo Transfer Paper
The first thing you need to do is gather your photos and scan them in. Measure the inside of the saucer center and resize your photos to fit in a photo editing software. Drag and drop your photos onto a new page and print out the photo page on your lazertran paper according to the directions on the package. Please not: there are two types of lazertran transfer paper, one os for lazer printers and one is for inkjet. Once you print your photos let them dry for at least half an hour. Measure and mark your circles with a glass or a circle template ruler and cut them out. Now, fill a bowl with lukewarm water. Drop your transfer into the bowl. It will curl up a bit. When it starts to uncurl that is when it is ready to come out. Peel the transfer away from the paper backing. Lay out the transfer into the middle of your saucer and smooth out the excess water and any bubbles. Let your transfer dry. Once it is dry, you can apply a layer of clear sealer over the image to seal and protect it. Now you are ready to display them.
These plates are fantastic for small spaces, and they look fantastic in a group! They combine two of my favorite things, plate collages, and family photos. The transfer paper is quite expensive at over $20 a pack, but these plates took up less than a whole sheet, so you still have plenty of transfer paper left over for other projects. I love Lazertran paper! It is so easy to use, and it can be applied to so many surfaces. It also has a really nice professional look and feel to it. I used saucers for these fun plates, but you can use any size. You can really customize them to your tastes, or those of your gift recipient. I hope you guys will give this one a try sometime, you’ll love it! I’ll be back later with another fun handmade gift tutorial for you all. Until then…