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DIY Paper Plate Porthole

DIY Paper Plate Porthole

Now isn’t this clever???

Who would have thought that a simple paper plate could be turned into a porthole for peering out into the deep sea, bringing you face to face with who knows what?

The fun is that each porthole is as different and unique as the next, and you can make as many as you like!


Tools & Supplies:

  • Paperclip (for hanging porthole)
  • Elmer’s glue (glue stick would work great as it’s less messy)
  1. Clear Cellophane
  2. Scissors
  3. Pony beads
  4. Pencil
  5. Metallic spray paint
  6. Paper plate
  7. Blown up pic of sea life
  8. Hot glue gun


Adding a Picture:

First, cut a hole in plate making sure to leave about a 1 inch lip for later gluing on the picture.

Next, cut out a sea life picture in the shape of a circle, a little larger than the hole you just cut in the plate.

The picture should fit inside the plate and overlap the 1in lip (the part that starts to curve upward) that you left for it to be glued to.

Cut a piece of cellophane in the shape of a circle, making sure it’s the same size as the picture.

Next, you are going to glue picture and cellophane together.  Run a small bead of glue along the very edge of the picture (I wished I did this with a glue stick as it would have been less messy).

Carefully place the cellophane onto pic and press sides together.

Next, hot glue 8 beads onto the rim of hole in plate. Let them dry.

Painting the Porthole:

Spray plate and beads with metallic spray paint and let it dry completely.

Run a bead of hot glue along lip of inside of plate and glue the picture face down, making sure the picture is centered correctly.

Turn over the plate and see how cool looking it is!

Making the Hanger:

Now, let’s make the hanger.  Grab the paperclip…

Unbend it

Hot glue the ends to the top-inside of the plate.

Finished and ready to hang!!!  Doesn’t it look awesome?

Make sure to check out the rest of my Sea Party Ideas!!!


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1 Comment

  1. Tee

    Hi Betty!!

    Oh I know how it is, you can never have just one! (and kittens will just melt your heart!)
    So glad you stumbled onto my site and I’m sure your kitties will just love their new enclosure! 😉


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