Inspirational Decorative Plate Trio

Today I’m going to show you how to make a trio of Inspirational Decorative Plates for only $4.

Can’t beat four bucks!

While I was browsing the 99 Cent Store last week I stumbled upon this package of vinyl. It says,

“Live well, Laugh often, Love always”


I knew I wanted the vinyl, but wasn’t sure exactly what to do with it. Platters? Maybe a picture frame? Plates? I walked around the store and finally found these red plates.


The plates were perfect. They didn’t have a lip inside them, they were large, and they were a nice color. I’ll take them!

When I got home I cut apart the vinyl into separate words.


It’s so much easier to attach vinyl if you cut it out first so you can make sure it’s centered and square, etc.

I washed the plates really well and then arranged all my vinyl words on the plates. After that I just attached the vinyl to each plate.


So easy! This project took me about 20 minutes (or less) from start to finish. Aren’t they great?


I decided to hang them in my kitchen vertically on the wall.


I think they would also look great in a plate stand on a shelf or above your kitchen cabinets. Or you could hang them in a plate rack on the wall or horizontally above a door frame. There are countless ways to decorate with these plates.

(I’m not a fan of those metal plate hangers, but I’m moving in about a month and I plan on permanently putting the plates in a plate rack I have in storage, so I used the plate hangers temporarily.)

I just love how they turned out. And they look so professional! I still can’t believe they only cost me four dollars.


It’s not expensive to have nice home decor. You just have to use a little imagination. Before I went to the dollar store that day, I had no idea I’d be coming home with a new trio of Inspirational plates. I just try to keep my eye out daily for unique ways to use basic things.

I hope I’ve inspired you today!

Don’t forget to come Hook Up with me each Thursday at my weekly Par-tay!



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  1. These look fabulous!!! And I love the color of the plates. Very cool!! 😀

  2. Those look terrific! What a great idea!

  3. Hi past life BFF! These are adorable! How funny, I just bought the Home sweet home one yesturday! woo hoo! 99 cent store! 😆

  4. So cool! ❗ ❗

  5. What a GREAT find! Well done! I love the color of the plates and the sweetness of the words. .99 store? I wonder if we have those in Atlanta?

  6. This is such a great idea! How awesome that you found the vinyl at the $.99 store! I should make this an excuse to try out the vinyl with my Cricut.

  7. Isn’t it so exciting when you come up with something so great without much money or effort. I just get all excited. I love the plates. Great idea.

  8. Very cute! And I can’t believe you found vinyl for only $1!

  9. Way cute. Thanks for the idea. 🙂

  10. 😀 Love these! You can’t beat a $4 prject, and what a great gift they would make.

  11. Very cute!! I love finding vinyl really cheap and think I must do something if I find it!! Thanks for linking up!!

  12. Love finding deals. These look amazing.

    Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

  13. Simple. Fun. And truly sensational for so little money and time. You take the cake on this one for sure! Great project with even better results! 🙂

  14. 😆 What a deal on the vinyl words and what you made was very clever – never thought to put it on plates!!

  15. Super fun! I can’t believe your dollar store had those decals!

  16. I love this. Your plates turned out great..

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!

  17. Great idea and very simple. If you don’t want to use the metal plate hangers, you can also try the adhesive plate hangers as seen here

  18. Very cute Alison! I think they turned out great!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day!

  19. oh those are fantastic! LOVE the red plates! i want. thanks for stopping by my blog, and the blog party invite! I’m honored, your blog is one of my faves :O)

  20. Love this, very cool! My kitchen is red and black, so these would be perfect. Good thing I already have a Dollar Store trip planned, I’ll just add these to the list!

  21. Wow, I love. Our dollar store doesn’t have the goodies you found! Just my style! Love your blog!

  22. Love it….I wish my dollar store had the same goodies you found…Great blog

  23. VEry cool…what a fast and cute decorating idea!

  24. I am loving the plate decor! This looks great! 🙂

  25. I purchased 3 plates today at a flea market…they’re very old stoneware in a solid white color…I know exactly what I’m gonna do with them now! Thanks for the tip! Robyn

  26. LOve this odea, Allison! ❗ ❗ ❗

  27. Wow, your dollar store has the good stuff. Unfortunately, mine doesn’t 🙁 Oh well, life goes on! 😉
    (the plates look great, BTW)

  28. Just cute.
    Very cute!
    Love the red.
    Love the sentiments.
    Love the price tag!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  29. Nice message for a wall. Jane F.

  30. My daughter would love this idea. She has, love, live, laugh all through her house.

  31. Those turned out so cute! Can’t believe it only cost you $4!

    Thanks for linking up to my Flaunt it Friday party!

  32. I am lovin those plates!!! 🙂

  33. Wow those look great! I love the colors!

  34. I have some similar decals from the Dollar Tree on the wall in my kitchen, but after seeing this idea, I might pull them off and do this with them!

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  35. Those look great – I think I need to take a trip to the Dollar Store!

  36. I REALLY like these! Love the red!

  37. Super cute! Love the red! Thanks again for linking up to the Sunday showcase ~ Stephanie Lynn

  38. They turned out great- the red gives a nice pop of color!

    Thank you for sharing with Talented Tuesday- don’t forget to check out some of the other links posted for some cool projects!

  39. Again, always wanted to try this!

    Looks stunning!

    Thanks for linking up!

  40. Awesome Allison! I will use this idea for above my cabinets in the kitchen. I have been waiting for the perfect thing to do with them!

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