- Glass plate
- Rubbing alcohol
- Paper towels
- 1 black paper napkin
- 1 sheet of colored tissue paper, larger than your plate
- 1 sheet of very thin silver mylar-type foil (can have a pattern)
- White paper
- Decoupage medium
- Soft-bristled paint brush, 1-inch
- Santa Claus template printed from kids' craft projects website, sized for your plate
- Glasses or sunglasses printed from the Internet, sized to fit your Santa Claus
- Alphabet stickers
- Paper punch in snowflake pattern or other winter/holiday pattern
- Small stencil or craft knife
- Small bowl
- Newspaper or butcher paper
Want to make a one-of-a-kind Santa plate but not quite sure where to begin? Take a hipster approach with this simple craft made from materials you might already have around your house. You’ll end with an iridescent, pseudo-raku plate to hang on a wall or use for Santa’s cookies. Experiment with colors or select a few favorites for an awesome Andy Warhol effect.
Prepare your plate. Remove the price sticker, if any, and clean the entire plate with rubbing alcohol to remove any price sticker adhesive, dirt or fingerprints. Dry thoroughly.
Place the plate on a work surface covered with newspaper or butcher paper. Use the plate as a guide and cut the mylar about 1 1/2 inches larger than the plate. Make vertical cuts all around the edges of the mylar.
Unlike most decorated glassplate DIYs, materials for this plate are placed on the top surface,, rather than on the bottom, and having to work backwards. Apply a very thin coat of decoupage glue to the top surface and press the mylar onto the plate, starting in the middle and moving outward. Wrinkles in the mylar are OK, but be sure to press out any large air bubbles. Dry completely before moving on or the mylar will slide around as you work with the plate. It can take up to 4 hours to dry completely. Be patient.
Using scissors, trim the edges of the mylar a tiny bit smaller than the edge of the plate.
Cut a piece of colored tissue paper larger than your plate and lay it on top of the mylar.
Start in the middle of the plate and apply decoupage glue over the top of the tissue with your paint brush. Be very careful during this step. Once you add the decoupage the tissue will be fragile and easily torn . Work your way to the outer edge of the plate, gently pressing out any bubbles as you go. Press the tissue slightly under the rim of the plate. Let it dry at least 30 minutes.
While your plate is drying, use a small craft knife to cut a Santa Claus silhouette from a black paper napkin. Cut out the sunglasses and remove part of the lenses so they look like black horn-rimmed glasses.
Cut a small piece of white paper to fill in the face of your Santa silhouette. Using a small drop of glue, attach the white paper to the back of the Santa silhouette so that the "face" of your Santa is white. Apply a very thin layer of decoupage glue to the center of the plate and carefully place your Santa Claus over the glue. Brush decoupage glue over the top of the Santa Claus. Place the glasses on the Santa Claus face using tweezers and press them down into the plate. Apply another layer of decoupage glue over the entire Santa face. Let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes.
Add your sentiment to the rim of the plate using alphabet stickers. Use a ruler to help with the spacing. When you have your letters exactly where you want them, press them into the plate and go over the entire plate with a coat of decoupage glue.
Before your last coat of decoupage glue is dry, punch small snowflakes from the black napkin. Use tweezers to place them on the empty space on the rim of the plate. Slightly press them into the plate. Apply another coat of decoupage glue to the entire plate. Let dry for one hour.
When the plate is completely dry, remove the excess tissue by running a craft knife or a razor around the plate, just under the edge. Put your plate on top of a small bowl to elevate it and apply one last coat of decoupage glue to the entire plate and just under the outside edge of the rim. Allow to dry overnight.
At every point where you need to allow your plate to dry for an extended period of time, wash the glue from your paintbrush and blot it dry with paper towels so it's ready to use the next time you need it.
This is a decorative piece and while it's okay to place a few cookies on it, it should not be microwaved or dish-washed. Clean it by wiping with a damp cloth. Do not submerge it in water.