How to Decoupage Glass Snack Plates with Tissue Paper

In a few easy steps, learn how to repurpose glass snack plates into beautiful yet functional works of art!

They must have been MASSIVELY mass-produced.

These lovely cut glass luncheon plates with matching cups were, at one time, the standard for serving “a light lunch” at baby showers, wedding showers, church meetings, bridge clubs, and other hosted “Ladies who Lunch” events.

A clear cut glass snack plate.

These are still in use today. However, more and more, I see them at garage sales, listed on marketplace pages, or included in an “I’m downsizing, please take these for free” social media post.

My mother has boxes of them. She doesn’t want them.

I asked around the family…”Anyone want these?”


These are still amazing plates that are perfect for serving yummy tidbits or smaller meals. But, I’m sure there are other uses. And, they can be found easily in large quantities.

Maybe they just need a little makeover.

You know…like a new outfit or pretty shade of lipstick!

I love taking something old and transforming it into something fresh and new. Don’t you! Take a peek at a few examples here:

Create wall art from a tablecloth.

Create a bar cart from a vintage suitcase.

Make a fire pit from an old pot.

Giving these glass plates a makeover is a fun challenge!


My Not So Secret Weapons

Mod Podge and Patterned Tissue Paper!

The fun part of this project is choosing the tissue paper. Because of the intricacy of decoupaging a plate with glass cuts, it works better if you use a BUSY pattern. That’s right. The busier the better. The pattern helps to disguise any of the glass cuts that are not totally covered by the tissue paper.

This Jillson & Roberts tissue paper sports a cool combination of oranges and greenery. The leafy background ties in perfectly with the cut glass leaves on the plates. (You can find all sorts of Jillson & Roberts tissues paper here.)

A glass snack plate sitting on top of orange and green tissue paper.

For this project, I am using the Mod Podge Hard Coat formula. If you are planning to put your plates in the dishwasher, you might consider using the Mod Podge Dishwasher-Safe formula.

A bottle of Mod Podge Hard Caot glue.

EASY How-To Steps

Clean the plate with soap and water. Then wipe down the plate with rubbing alcohol. This will help the Mod Podge to adhere to the plate most effectively.

Cut the tissue paper to fit the shape of the plate. I added a little extra on the edge to allow for the curve of the plate and the cuts on the glass.

Using a pencil to trace around the glass snack plate on the tissue paper.

Brush a thin layer of glue onto the BACK of the glass plate. Don’t worry if the glue pools a little in the glass cuts. This will dry clear!

Brushing the glue onto the back of the glass snack plate.

Now brush a thin layer of glue onto the front side of the tissue paper. Be sure to brush the glue all the way to the edge of the paper.

Brushing the glue to the tissue paper.

Halfway There!

Gently lay the tissue paper face down on the back of the plate. Starting in the middle of the plate, carefully begin to press the paper against the plate. While you should press GENTLY into the cuts of the glass, there is no need to press completely down. (Remember: the glue dries clear.) There will be wrinkles! This is where the magic of the pattern helps to disguise those wrinkles!

Pressing the tissue paper to the back of the plate with fingers.

Apply a thin layer of glue over the back of the plate. Definitely brush a thin layer of glue over the edge of the paper so it doesn’t pull away from the plate as it dries. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles.

Smoothing the tissue paper onto the plate with fingers.

Trim excess paper from the edge of the plate with very sharp scissors. Let dry for several hours or overnight. Once the original coat has dried, add one more thin layer of glue to “Seal the Deal!” If the plate is tacky to the touch, wait a bit more for it to fully dry.

Trimming the excess tissue paper from the glass snack plate with scissors.
Still drying!

Let’s Do Another!

Here is another example using a square glass luncheon plate. I used another Jillson & Roberts tissue paper in an amazing blue and gold marble pattern.

A clear glass snack plate sitting on top of blue and gold tissue paper.

Love how these turned out! I was blown away by how cool these plates can be. No kidding, I would absolutely buy something like this in a favorite store like Anthropologie or an Etsy shop.

The completed glass snack plate backed with orange and green tissue paper.
The completed glass snack plate backed with blue and gold tissue paper.

Now that these are all dolled up, there are other uses for the plates other than serving food. (Note: These plates would be considered food safe because the decoupage medium is used on the bottom of the plate. Handwash and avoid soaking.)

Ideas for Using Your Repurposed Glass Snack Plate

A Trinket Tray – Keep on your nightstand, dresser, or in the closet for a fun way to gather your frequently used jewelry, glasses, perfume bottles, etc.

Jewelry and makeup brushes sitting on a completed glass snack plate.

Plant Tray – Keep water at bay by using the plate as a tray under a plant.

A white pot with gold bottom sitting on a plate.

A Warm Welcome – Keep a welcoming flame burning by placing a candle in the front entry to welcome guests.

A bottle of lotion and a candle sitting on a plate.

Playing Card Station – Whether playing Solitaire or Pitch, you will never be at a loss for the cards!

A deck of cards sitting on top of a completed glass snack plate project.

Desk Accessories – What a perfect way to corral business cards, pens, reading glasses, and more.

Business cards and reading glasses sitting on a glass plate.

Objet d’arte – Highlight one beautiful home accent on the plate to give it focus and importance.

A blue vase sitting on a blue and gold glass snack plate.
Other Ideas:

A Bird Feeder – That’s right! Our feathered friends will appreciate some handy birdseed and one of these plates sitting on an outside table or bench.

Tea Party for One – Add a charming teapot and you have a delightful tea tray to set on a side table while you read a favorite book. (Treat yourself like a Queen!)

Hang on the Wall – Add a plate hanger to the back of the plate for unique wall art. Take it one step further and hang three or four together for a grid!

Santa Cookie Tray – Use a holiday tissue paper and give Santa a stylish cookie plate!

So, hit “Pause” before you sell or give away all those luncheon plates. Just add a little “lipstick” and invite someone over for a light lunch!

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  1. These are FANTASTIC!! So unique and what a great way to revitalize glass dinnerware! I especially love the blue swirling pattern. ❤️

    1. Thanks, Madeline! The fun of this project is that you can choose from so many tissue paper colors and patterns. Permission to go a little crazy! Thanks for reading!

    2. Hi Madeline! The great thing about this project is that there are so many great tissue paper patterns out there! Thanks for reading. Have a great day!

    1. Hi Shelli! Let me know how it goes. It really is a fun (and easy!) project! Have a great day! ~Missy

    1. Hi Renae, I’m kind of obsessed with tissue paper now! LOL! Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend! ~Missy

    1. Hi Tracey! I’m so glad you like the idea. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out! Have a great day! ~Missy

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