Emily here from B. Lovely Events and today I have a quick and fun project using paper plates. In particular, using paper plates to make photo props! You wouldn’t normally think to use paper plates to make these, but they are a great thickness and come in a variety of colors and designs, so they are the perfect material to make your own from . With just a few supplies, you can make your very own party photo props from paper plates. It’s quick and easy and saves on your wallet! I also love that you can customize your props with colors and patterns this way.
The sky is the limit for the props that you make too which I love. Craving a mustache with curls on the end? You got it! 50’s shades more your thing, absolutely! You are in control of your party props and all you need are some paper plates and scissors. If you want to take it up a notch, and have perfect cuts, you can also utilize your Cricut Machine for this project. I’ll show you how!
Here is what you need:
• Paper Plates– Pick any pattern or design that fits your theme
• Paper Straws or Skewer Sticks
• Glue Gun & Glue
• Craft Knife– To help with cutting out the objects if you are cutting yourself
• Foam Board or Cutting Mat-To use as backing while you cut the object from your paper plate
• Pencil, pen or marker- To trace the silhouette templates to your paper plates if you are cutting your own.
• Cricut Explore Air 2– If you want to make it easy on yourself. You can also just make templates and cut them out from the plates.
• Cricut Cutting Mat– To use with Cricut to cut
• Paint– If you go with white plates and want to make the props more colorful.
I picked out a bright mix of paper plates to make props out of. Try utilizing strips and pattern plates to bring a nice design element to your props. Monochromatic total works too if that is the theme and look you are going for.
Let’s start crafting!
Step 1: Take your scissors and cut the border ridge of the plate away, leaving just the flat circle or square from the plate. Don’t worry, the circle and square don’t need to be the perfect cutout at this step in the process.
Step 2: Find silhouettes that you want to cut out. If you are using the Cricut Explore Air machine for your cuts, the Cricut Design Space has several to choose from or you can upload your own silhouettes. To find silhouettes of party props search the net for things like silhouette of lips, silhouette of mustache and silhouette of princess crowns. Be fun with it!
If you are using the Cricut design space to find good images to cut, make sure the images are simple and fully connected all the way around, cutting only 1 piece. The image in the top left corner is perfect to use for a party prop. The image right below it wouldn’t be because it would be 2 pieces.
If you are cutting your own or want to load your own silhouettes to the Cricut design space, search for silhouettes of party props like lips and sunglasses and save images you like to your computer like the one above.
Step 3: Here is where you can take 1 of 2 directions. I’ll include both as we go. I went the easy way and utilized my Cricut machine, but both are great to do!
Direction 1(Cut your own)- Print out the silhouette of your party prop objects and cut them out to create a template. cut out your paper prop silhouettes using a template that you cut. Use that to trace the object to your paper plate with a pencil, pen or marker.
Direction 2 (Using the Cricut Machine)-Once you have your image uploaded to the design space, you are going to size it the right dimensions. A typical paper plate is about 6” in its widest diameter so you will need to size it about 4-5”. Hit “Make It” in the top right corner.
Direction 1(Cut your own)- You can cut out the traced object with scissors or use a craft knife for more precise cutting. If you are using a craft knife, place the paper plate down on foam board and then use the craft knife to cut along the edge of the traced template.
Direction 2 (Using the Cricut Machine)-Add your paper plate to the standard mat and load into the machine.
After you hit make it, a preview will appear. Center your silhouette to where the center of the plate is on the mat. This will give you the most cutting room from your plate.
Step 5: Repeat steps 2- 4 for all of your different party props you want to do. Cutting circles each time from the plates you want to use. You can cut the same image from different plates too so you can have multiple colors of things like lips and sunglasses!
Step 6: Once you have your entire photo prop objects cut out, it’s time to attach the straw. Get out your glue gun and squeeze a small amount of hot glue on the right or left bottom side of the cut object. Place the straw on the glue and let dry.
Voila! You have handmade paper plate photo props now! Like I said, I love how easy this project is and the creativity it allows you to have with what photo props you can have for your party. The silhouettes you can do are endless! I personally love the crown and glasses photo props.
Display them in a jar or cup by your photo booth and they are ready for use!
Emily- B. Lovely Events