Upcycled Paper Plate Holder into Farmhouse Decor

Would you pass up this little gem? I actually didn’t find it at the thrift store or a garage sale. However, my friend, Mandy, passed it along to me with all the other wooden treasures I’ve been working through over the last few months. See HERE. This will be my first upcycled paper plate holder. I’m ready for some fun!

Vintage Paper Plate Holder Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Doesn’t it look like a good candidate for a makeover? It sure couldn’t hurt to give it a try. Nowadays our society is more “green” and hopefully out of the country blue prim look. tee hee.

After twisting and turning it around a few times I came to a couple of conclusions: (1) I could just paint it up, stuff it with flowers and use it as either wall decor or a door hanger. (2) I could have even more fun with it by taking it apart. Taking it apart is more fun, and filling with flowers too easy. Yep, I’m a nut like that. {{she giggles while grabbing her tools}}

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite simple tools, a coping saw. Have you ever heard of it? It does the most intricate cuts and gets into places that other saws can’t.

A simple coping saw can do mighty jobs | prodigalpieces.com

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First, I simply cut the dowel off at the back side leaving the dowel in the front of the paper plate holder.

Cutting Upcycled Paper Plate Holder with Coping Saw | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I don’t know about you, but once removed I think the back part looks like a cutting board. First, I used my jigsaw to cut off the squared bottom. Then, I used my sander to knock down the bit of dowel left and give the entire pieces a good cleaning.

Sanding Vintage Paper Plate Holder | prodigalpieces.com

I’ll get back to what I did to finish it in a bit.


As for the front piece of the paper plate holder, I cut the dowel leftover a bit shorter. Then, I spray painted it a white to revive that dated wood design. Once the paint cured, I used my freezer paper transfer technique (described in these posts HERE) or as shown in the video below to apply my design to the front of it.

DIY Transfer Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Last, I use a spray poly to give this piece several coats of a topcoat to seal and protect the graphic I just applied.


My upcycled paper plate holder project is complete and I’m loving the results. Can you find both of my projects below?

Handmade Farmhouse Kitchen Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Farmhouse Cutting Board Collection by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor

First, the “antique” cutting board is front and center. Doesn’t fit right in with my collection? Sweet! As for the other redo…it’s tucked in behind.

Simple Farmhouse Kitchen Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #diy #homedecor #handmade

I created a little riser or trivet for my teapot. Isn’t it fun?!

Farmhouse Style Trivet Riser for a Teapot in Kitchen Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Also, I wanted to graphic to look old and worn, sorta like a vintage advertisement. The phrase I added made me ready for a cup of soothing goodness. Funny as I don’t regularly drink tea – only in winter or when ailing.

DIY Teapot Trivet Riser from Upcycled Paper Plate Holder by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Farmhouse Style Teapot Trivet Riser from Upcycled Paper Plate Holder by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse #homedecor #rustic

Are you inspired? I sure hope so. This was a fun project for me to recreate the obvious into something new. Both projects are available in my shop (SOLD), as well as my #trashure mugs. Stop by to see what else is new.

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Farmhouse Kitchen Decor from Thrifted & Upcycled Paper Plate Holder created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse #kitchen

Do pin and share this upcycled paper plate holder because you know there are more floating around out there. tee hee!

This upcycled paper plate holder became two new farmhouse style decor items for the kitchen. See how Larissa of Prodigal Pieces did it here at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor #diy

Up next, I will be sharing what we’ve done to update and upgrade this space in our back yard. Come over and take a peek HERE.

Backyard Before Privacy Fence | prodigalpieces.com

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In addition, more projects like this upcycled paper plate holder:

From curbside underbed drawers to a rustic farmhouse workbench for kitchen or console. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces loves taking trash and turning it into #trashure . Come see the DIY details at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #homedecor #shoppingCheck it out! A $1 garage sale find gets turned into a DIY Butcher Block Cart built by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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  • Lisa

    I so love this idea! I love the dual purpose so that nothing is wasted.
    Thank you so much for sharing this and your talents.

    August 15, 2019 at 6:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I am of the same mind. I couldn’t resist giving them both new life. Thanks, Lisa.

      August 15, 2019 at 8:29 am Reply
  • Cindy

    Larissa this turned out great. I love the cutting board looks great with your collection.


    August 15, 2019 at 7:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I had to give it a try. Thanks so much, Cindy!

      August 15, 2019 at 8:30 am Reply
  • FarmHer

    Love the tea idea. It’s so cute. Where did you get the graphic tea kettle from. Did you stencil it or hand draw and paint it on.

    August 15, 2019 at 8:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I created the graphic and applied it using my transfer technique mentioned in the post and video. Super easy.

      August 15, 2019 at 8:31 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    Hi Larissa, I saw the cutting board potential right away, but not the trivet/riser! I love the way you come up with the unexpected and useful items you create with these cast off pieces.

    August 15, 2019 at 8:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Good eye, Kaycee! Just too fun not to try. Thanks so much for awesome encouragement.

      August 15, 2019 at 7:52 pm Reply
  • Sandra

    I have one of those paperplate holders! I just couldn’t throw it out as it was a gift. Maybe I’ll do what you did. Thank you!

    August 15, 2019 at 8:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…that would be fun! 😀

      August 15, 2019 at 7:52 pm Reply
  • Melanie Brooks

    Larissa- I love this remake! Tge tea kettle looks perfect on that “kettle stand”… It’d make a great sign too! That was the motto in our house growing up… Tea is always a good idea, whether you’re sick, hurt, sad, need to talk, celebrate, whatever- a cup of tea will always help.
    Thanks for taking me back there! 💝

    August 15, 2019 at 8:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure is fun! Thank you. Yes…tea is one of those classic must-haves for any old reason…warm or cold.

      August 15, 2019 at 7:53 pm Reply
  • gwen

    what great uses for an otherwise dated piece! love the teapot portion especially!

    August 15, 2019 at 10:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay!! This was just too fun. Thanks!!

      August 15, 2019 at 7:53 pm Reply
  • Christy

    Cute cute cute!! You are so clever! XOXO

    August 15, 2019 at 6:48 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I had a blast. I’d love to see what you or the other T2T gals would have done too.

      August 15, 2019 at 7:55 pm Reply
  • Olga

    You are so creative Larissa! Reading you gives so much inspiration- thank you for sharing!
    Great ideas!!

    August 16, 2019 at 6:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet to say so, Olga. Thank you!

      August 16, 2019 at 10:01 pm Reply

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