DIY Christmas Photo Plate

Susie Delaney

Part of the joy of the holidays is presenting friends with home-baked treats. This tutorial will show how to make a custom decal plate that will look like you bought it from your favorite holiday store.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Ceramic Plate
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Acrylic Spray (Clear)
  • Waterslide Laser Jet Paper
Layout and print your design.
Susie Delaney

Size and arrange your desired decals in a photo editing program and prepare them to be printed on a sheet of waterslide laser jet paper. Be sure to measure your plate to insure your decals will fit nicely. TIP: If you don't have a personal laser jet printer at home, you can take the decal file and your specialty paper to a copy store for printing.

Carefully cut out the photos.
Susie Delaney

Use scissors or a craft knife to carefully cut out the decals.

Soak the design for 40-60 seconds.
Susie Delaney

Place your cut-out design in a bowl of warm water. Leave it in for 40 to 60 seconds and wait for the decal to fall off the paper. Carefully remove your decal from the water and transfer it to your clean plate. It's best to do this one decal at a time.

Place the decal onto the plate.
Susie Delaney

Arrange the decal on the plate. It will still be wet, so there is a little time for adjusting and placement. Push out any bubbles or wrinkles as gently as you can. Use a soft dry cloth to gently pat out any bumps.

Let finished layout dry.
Susie Delaney

After you've added your desired decals, gently pat off any excess water on the plate. Let the plate dry for an hour.

Seal in the design.
Susie Delaney

Spray a layer of clear acrylic seal on the plate. Let it dry, and then spray a second coat for the finished look. Hand wash the plate with a non-abrasive sponge for best results. Do not use in the dishwasher. TIP: Some waterslide laser jet paper will allow you to heat set your plate in the oven. Be sure to read your paper's packaging for proper finishing instructions.


  • This would be a great place to use scans of old family photos.