Last week I made some personalized Thanksgiving plates and it was such a big hit with my kids, we decided to make some fun Christmas ones. It’s such a fun tradition and I can’t wait to use the fun plates. For the Thanksgiving ones, we all did the same design. But for the Christmas dinner plates, I went all out. I had everyone have their own design and character. Each character had a special thing on their plates that pertains to them, like Mrs. Claus had gingerbread cookies, Santa had stockings, the elf had a toy robot, the snowman and penguin had mittens and the gingerbread man had a ginger bread house. The kids had so much fun making these and once again, they turned out SO GOOD!! I love seeing all the different styles and colors that they used. We plan on adding to these each year too. Next year we are going to do a cup, the next year a dessert plate and so on.
We used the Christmas dinner plates and put the food directly onto the plate and then hand washed them. They did fine but because I want these to last I plan on getting clear glass plates to put over these plates, so they are still fun and festive but they will last longer. This is how we made them.
I bought several white plates at the dollar store and then with my Silhouette I cut out several different shapes and designs out of vinyl. Instead of taking off the excess of the vinyl, I took off the image, making a stencil.
The first thing I did with Mrs. Claus is made a black outline of her body (we did the same thing with Santa, snowman and the elf). Then I drew in her features. Then I took off the vinyl. ** The best way to do this is to work on one design at a time and then when you have colored in an image, take off the vinyl before you move to the next image. If you wait for the paint to dry it will peel when you remove the vinyl.** I used oil based paint markers to color the plates. Click on the link to see what markers I used.
****UPDATE: We added to our Christmas dishes, we made some fun etched glasses! Go see them here. ****
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