A few years ago I went to a church Christmas crafting party and one of the things we made was a cookies for Santa plate – it was red with white vinyl lettering and customized with a cute little saying. It was fun to bring it out every year on Christmas Eve, and the kids knowing just what it was for. Then I put it in the dishwasher, and all the vinyl came off-saddest part was the fact that my girl was the one to take it out of the dishwasher and find my mishap. She didn’t forget, and reminded me we needed to make another.
So I bought a white plate and brought out the sharpies to make one up. So easy, and still customized. Catch me after the jump for all the details!
DIY Customized Santa Plate
I found quite a few plates that had decor around the outer ring of the plates and blank in the center that you could easily use to just add the saying – but I am always looking for ways to use my new oil based sharpies, so I got an all white plate that had raised decorations. I found a great selection at Pier One Imports and Target.
I only used red and gold on my plate, just coloring the raised decorations, and then adding some snowflakes.
To help me get the saying size right, I just used a blank sheet of paper to trace the inner circle where the saying would go.
Then wrote it out on the sheet to see where the words would work best. Here’s the saying I used:
” Dear Santa,
Here’s some cookies just for you, and a special treat for your Reindeer too!
Then I wrote the saying on the plate, wishing the whole time I had my mother and her beautiful handwriting handy.
Next just bake for 30 minutes in a 350° oven. It’s been my experience that the paint stays put if you don’t handle when wet or hot – so just make sure you let it cool down before handling, and dry in the dishwasher. With it only getting used once a year, it will hold up great!
Now I have one important Holiday task checked off the list – one to the next!