Paint the back of a paper plate and build this sweet concept

Have you ever been drawn to a DIY project that looked impossible, only to discover it really was impossible? You're not alone. Many craft projects are overly complicated and frustrating. Fortunately, this table runner constructed from paper plates is the epitome of a creative and simple project. In fact, the instructions are so simple you may decide to make several table runners. If so, consider adding embellishments to the plates to celebrate holidays or special occasions.
The most difficult part of this craft (which isn't very difficult) is flattening each paper plate after the paint dries. Should the edges of a plate curl up a bit, place a heavy book on top of the plate to flatten it. Encourage your family members to join in by painting the paper plates for a fun family activity. Customize the length and color of the runner to complement your table and decor.
- 10 white uncoated paper plates
- DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic Paint
- Flat paint brush
- Hot glue gun
- Glue stick
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1. Place a paper plate facedown on a flat work surface.
2. Paint the plate in a color of your choice.
3. Allow the paint to dry.
4. Flip the paper plate over, and press it firmly against your work surface to flatten it. If necessary, place a heavy book on top of the plate to make it flat.
5. Set the paper plate aside.
6. Repeat steps 1-5 with an additional nine paper plates, painting them in varying colors.
7. Place one of the painted plates onto your work surface.
8. Squeeze hot glue on the left side of the plate.
9. Take another paper plate, and overlap the right side of the plate to the left side from the previous step.
10. Press down firmly on the plates to ensure a tight bond.
11. Repeat steps 8-10 for the additional eight paper plates.
12. Place the paper plate table runner you've created across the center of the table.
13. Add a centerpiece for an accent. You can also embellish the plates for holidays and other special occasions.

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