I’m sure you have seen the theme and variations (Terma e Variazion) plates by Piero Fornasetti. You can see some of them in the image below.
image via fashionclassandjetlag
I’m infatuated with those plates and Lina Cavalieri‘s face. Her classic beauty inspired Fornasetti and she reminds me of my beautiful grandmother.
I was thrilled when I found and purchased Fornasetti inspired tile stickers from a shop on the German version of Etsy for 10.50 Euros. Since I don’t have tiles in the kitchen or bathroom walls, I wanted to use them for something else. Unfortunately those sticker are not available anymore but I found a way you can still make your own plates.
DIY Piero Fornasetti Plates
- plates (HERE or HERE)
- cheap downloadable Fornasetti images HERE)
- Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer (HERE)
- foam brush (HERE)
- plate hanger discs
You can see my pinecone art decoupage tutorial HERE for more info on how to apply and decoupage images.
And I made a recent plate decoupage project HERE with video tutorial.
Print the images on standard white printer paper and cut out the images to the size of the plates.
Apply some Mod Podge the plate and place the image on top of that. Press it down lightly and apply more Mod Podge to the top of the image. Smooth out bubbles and wrinkles. Then let it dry! That’s it.
There is also a second way to do this. You an buy clear glass plates (HERE) and apply the Mod Podge and Fornasetti image to the back of the plate with Lina’s face looking through the glass (which I did in this plate tutorial HERE). When you see the image from the front through the glass then it has an even glossy surface from the glass. You can fill in any empty area on the back with white paint or more paper to make it an all white plate if necessary.
I honestly prefer the second version with the clear glass plates as you can see in my animal plate tutorial.
You can even make the faces fill the entire plate if you print them large enough like they are in the originals since you have the freedom to adjust the images. I wanted to defer a little from the originals though.
Below they are mixed in with my vintage Bjørn Wiinblad plates (read more about them and the artist HERE)
throw HERE | similar black and white fringe pillows HERE| fur HERE | similar jeans pillows HERE and HERE | similar table HERE | candle HERE | disco ball HERE | rug HERE | star burst HERE | similar mirror HERE | similar pouf HERE | similar coffee tables HERE | similar sofas HERE | similar lamps HERE and HERE | similar drum HERE | similar black lamp shades HERE |
To hang them I bought plate hanger discs (click HERE) which you can see in the picture below. I can’t stand the look of the metal contraptions that go around a plate to hang them. I also wrote a blog post about how I hang my plates which you can read about HERE.
Or you can watch my little video tutorial below which is so so super easy.
I know that there are many people who despise people like me who make cheap imitations from expensive designer pieces. But you know what? I don’t care. It’s not in my budget, I love the original and wish I could have it but it’s not going to happen. Bottom line!
(and my photography has thankfully improved too since this post)
I like my plates with the white border. The originals are completely filled with the image.
So what do you think? Cheesy or Cool? And I won’t be mad if you tell me the truth… I can handle it, but I will still like them no matter what you say, haha! (Y’all know I love your comments!)
Guten Tag und Tschüß,