DIY: Marbled Plate Wall Décor

by Kristina Domitrovich
photos by Lindsay Pace

This DIY is a friendly project to renters and homeowners alike. The process involves spraying paint on top of water, and dipping the plates; the paint will stick to the plate, and the water will act as a pillow, pressing the paint onto the plate. This project is as fun as it is beautiful and simple!


7 plates of varying sizes
3 acrylic spray paint colors** 
A large disposable tub, filled with lukewarm water †
A drop cloth
2 disposable skewers or paint stirrers 
Long disposable gloves
Clear top-coat spray paint
D-rings ††
Liquid Nails glue



  1. Thoroughly wash and dry the plates.
  2. Lay the tub of water on top of the drop cloth (recommended: outside). Gather all the plates, colored spray paints, gloves and skewers.
  3. Shake the spray paint before using, then spray directly onto the surface of the water, from about a foot away. Try varying methods to get a design you like (spray two at once from opposite sides to get splatters, etc.); use a skewer to scoop out the paint to get a “clean canvas” to start over if needed.
  4. With gloves on, slowly dip the plate at an angle (the front of the plate should be facing upward). The paint will slowly adhere to the plate; the further into the water it is dipped, the further up the plate it will attach. Fully submerge the plate (for full coverage), or stop where desired and gently wiggle the plate free of the remaining paint floating on the water’s surface. When lifting the plate out of the water, if the paint is “floating” on the plate, slowly angle it until water is draining off the edge and the paint adheres.
  5. Set the plate on the drop cloth to dry, and use a skewer to clean the “canvas” before spraying more paint.
  6. Spray more paint onto the water as desired, and repeat the process with the remaining plates.
  7. Allow the plates to dry undisturbed for at least 12 hours, preferably 24.
  8. Once dry, use the clear spray paint to seal in the marbled design. Dry for another 12-24 hours.
  9. On the back of the plates, glue the D-rings into place. Dry as directed by glue’s packaging.
  10. Mount onto the wall as desired.

Editors notes

*Use as many plates as desired, but consider buying two or three extras for the first couple of tries dipping it into the paint. **We used black, gray and gold spray paints. † Make sure the tub is larger than the biggest plates you’ll be dipping, plus your hands holding the edges. †† Opt for D-rings with flat pieces that can be glued or nailed down, or use another mounting option if desired.

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