How to Put a Photo on a Ceramic Plate

Updated February 21, 2017

Create customised ceramic plate decor using photos from your wedding, your favourite vacation or your best-loved pet. Mix and match photos to create a scene, or use one single photo to capture a moment. Print digital photos from your collection, or find images online that suit your decorative style. It's best to use thin paper, not photo paper, to print images that you wish to commemorate on a ceramic plate.

Print a digital photo on plain paper using an inkjet printer. Print the photo in a size small enough to fit on the plate. Cut the outline of the photo from the paper.

Spray the front of the photo with acrylic to keep the ink from running. Allow the acrylic to dry completely according to the manufacturer's directions.

Run water over a baking tray with edges, or some other flat container that will hold water. Soak the photo in the water for no more than five minutes. Soaking the photo will prevent the paper from curling in the glue.

Clean the ceramic plate with glass cleaner. Dry the plate completely. Apply a thin layer of d├ęcoupage medium in the area of the plate where you plan to place the photo. D├ęcoupage medium is glue that dries with a clear, glossy finish. A paint sponge is a disposable application tool for this project.

Lay the wet photo on top of the glue. Press the photo into the glue. Smooth out any wrinkles in the paper. Spread the displaced glue on top of the photo. Let the glue dry according to the manufacturer's directions.

Cover the photo with another thin layer of glue and let it dry completely. Repeat this step at least three times to gradually build up the layers of glue. This provides a smooth transition from the edges of the paper to the ceramic plate.


If the photo covers most of the plate platform, spread the découpage medium onto the place surface surrounding the plate. This also works for placing multiple photos on one plate platform. Spread the glue on the plate between the photos to maintain a uniform finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Inkjet printer
  • Scissors
  • Spray acrylic
  • Baking tray with edges
  • Glass cleaner
  • Soft cloth
  • Découpage glue
  • Paint sponge
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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.