Add New Twist To Old Tablecloth

decorate a salad plate and add special borders to an ordinary tablecloth
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To turn an ordinary party into something more unusual, "Wickedly Perfect" winner Kimberly Kennedy visits The Early Show with craft ideas and a recipe for her signature cocktail: Bloody Mary with a twist.

Try the following instructions to decorate a salad plate and add special borders to an ordinary tablecloth.

Salad Plate

"The concept is simple," says Kennedy. "Using an inexpensive glass salad plate, (found at discount stores for as little as 50 cents apiece) you can adhere any image you desire to the back of the plate using cling vinyl. The cling vinyl is invisible to the eye and unrecognizable to touch. Only you will know how the image got onto the plate. The best part is you can change the look for different parties without spending extra money!

To make each decorator salad plate you will need:
1/2 of a sheet of cling vinyl (available at fine art, craft, and some office-supply stores)
Clip art image or any attractive print that fits inside the edges of the base of the plate.
Inexpensive glass plate

  1. Draw a circle the size of the base of your plate on the cling vinyl's paper backing.
  2. Cut out the circle and set aside.
  3. Using a computer or photocopier, create an image on paper that fits within the boundaries of the base of the plate.
  4. Trim excess paper around the image, leaving only the image itself.
  5. With the plate turned upside down, place the image face down in the center of the base of the plate.
  6. Remove the paper backing from the cling vinyl and center it on the base of the plate.
  7. Smooth the vinyl with fingertips to remove air bubbles.
  8. Flip plate over and check for areas that need extra smoothing.

Note: If you want an image without an opaque paper background, consider using overhead projector film - available at office supply stores. This film is available in photocopy, ink jet, and laser printer varieties.

Because cling vinyl does not use adhesives or glue, it can be used over and over again. If the vinyl becomes soiled, simply wash with warm water and soap, rinse, and air-dry.

Click on page 2 to get more craft ideas and cocktail recipe