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How to Repair a Broken China Plate


….stuff happens.

One minute…



And the next minute…

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When there are..




Time to exhale……





Step 1:  Find a place where the repair can occur and the plate can remain (facedown) until it dries.

Step 2:  Using Elmer’s School Glue, run a bead of glue along the broken edge of the plate.

Yes, other glue can be used, but this glue is inexpensive, will hold, AND most importantly……dries clear.


Step 3:  Lay both pieces face down on the flat surface and stick them together.  Use your finger to smear any glue that oozes out into and over the cracked line.  Then add additional glue to the back and smear it around and into the cracked area.

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Step 4:  IMMEDIATELY attach pieces of masking tape ACROSS the break while the glue is wet.


You know, like in first aid, when a butterfly bandage is applied to a deep cut so it doesn’t need stitches?

The bandage holds the skin together so it can form a new bond.

Same thing here.

We’re simply administering first aid

…..to a plate.

Step 5:  When the glue is completely dry, carefully turn the plate over, lay it FLAT, and check for glue on the front.  But, in this case, I had to flip the plate over while the glue was still wet because the plate would not lie flat face down.  Can you see the little line?  I had to flatten this out using my finger loaded with glue.  Then let the plate dry in place.


If there is a dried ball of glue, gently rub the ball from the cracked area with your thumb and toss it away.

Step 6:  To reinforce the repair, add an ever so small bead of glue to the front seam and rub it into the cracked line with your finger.  Immediately wipe away excess glue, but leave the plate on the flat surface.

Step 7:  When all of the glue is fully dry, leave the tape on the back, and return it back to the table top.


Just as if nothing.  




And, as always…..thank you for Pinning…..

How to Repair A Broken China Plate

Until next time,



  • Reply Karen Henderson January 8, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Nice. Had to do this a few times over the years. LOL

  • Reply Morgan January 16, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Seriously! That was like magic.

  • Reply Phoebe January 16, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    With kids, I can’t tell you how many plates I have thrown away. This was very helpful.

  • Reply Madison January 16, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    I could have used this tip at Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Mia January 16, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I bet this technique works for a lot of things. Still not sure how you did it so perfectly but then you are Super Susie!

  • Reply Dave January 16, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    I have quite a few things that are sitting on my workbench in need of glue. Loved the pictures to help illustrate the repair process.

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