While we were planning the 25 days of crafts, Krafty Kath and I talked about the traditions each of our familues had for holidays. When I was growing up, the entire family – aunts, uncles, cousins – the whole lot, wore matching Santa pajamas on Christmas Eve as we each opened one gift from under the tree.
So with just one week left until Christmas, we are dedicating today’s post to traditions – new and old. Krafty Kath has a great craft for commemorating the tradition of baking cookies as a family. While I start a new tradition of leaving cookies out for Santa. I don’t have children but I can honor the child within and have a little fun remembering back to when I tried my darnedest to stay up late enough to see Santa arrive.
DIY Santa cookie plate
- Ceramic plate
- Fine point ceramic markers in assorted colors
- Thick ceramic markers in assorted colors
- Design template
Whether you are going for a hand drawn look or a precise graphic look, it helps to use a template as a guide. I wanted a hand drawn look but didn’t want to wing the spacing so I created a simple template on the computer and printed it out.
Trim your template to fit the size of your plate. On the back of the template, cover the areas of your design with pencil.
Position the template on your plate and using your pencil trace over each element of your design. Trace over each element multiple times to make sure the pencil transfers to the plate.
Tip: Use removable tape to hold your template in place.
With your fine point ceramic marker, trace over the pencil markings. Use your thicker ceramic markers to fill in shapes.
Tip: If you make a mistake you can easily remove unwanted marker with Goo Gone.
Follow the directions on your markers for drying and curing. The markers I used recommended 72 hours to completely dry plus 35 minutes at 150 degrees to bake and cure (to be dishwasher safe).
Once your design is completely dry, wash the plate to remove the pencil markings.
Nom. nom. nom. You just made a yummy Santa cookie plate!
Place cookies in the center of your dish. When Santa finishes his snack he’ll be treated to surprise message.
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