Santa Claus is always so generous to us each year, so I decided it was important to say thank you! Since Santa is very hard to catch on Christmas Eve I decided to make a special plate to put the cookies we were leaving out for Santa that night that says thank you to Santa. I actually couldn’t decide between “Merry Christmas, Love the (insert your last name here)” or “Thank You Santa!” so I did them both.
All it took was a cheap plate from Target, some vinyl, and my Cricut.
I never thought I would have a Cricut because they were
fairly expensive, but then I found out you can get one used on Amazon for a great price! My used one was in perfect condition when I got it.
The other reason I was originally hesitant to purchase a Cricut was because I knew how expensive the cartridges were ($60 - $90 each) and I thought I would never want to buy a cartridge at that price. But, then I, again, looked on Amazon.com and found that I could get them for way cheaper ($20 - $30 each) so I went for it. I knew I wasn’t going to need a ton of cartridges anyway for what I would be using my Cricut for.
Quick Tip: I also was able to get a few cartridges for $10 on Black Friday. I heard it is a nightmare to try to go to Roberts or Michaels to try to get the good deals there because people line up way early and it is a battle. But, I met a nice woman at Walmart who let me in on a little secret, which was to bring in the Black Friday ad for Roberts or Michaels to Walmart (where Cricut cartridges are not on sale and there isn’t a brawl going on for them) and you can price match whatever cartridge you want that Walmart has.
Here are the steps to make a plate like this:
- I got two different plates, one red and one white with cute polka dots on it, from Target. I paid less than $2 for each of them. They can be any size you want as long as they are big enough to fit the message you want to put on it.
- I decided what I wanted to say and used my
Cricut to cut out the words and the designs I used; My letters are each 1” tall.. One of my cartridges is an
Holidays” cartridge so it has some pictures for each of the main
holidays, which I used to do the pictures in the center of each plate. Here is a cute Christmas cartridge you could use.
- I lightly placed the letters and images on each plate before I pushed them down fully to secure them, just to make sure everything would fit and be in the right place.
- That’s it! Once you are done putting the letters on you have your very one “Santa” plate for your kids to enjoy!
- Remember to hand wash this plate by just wiping it off. The vinyl won’t stand up to a good hand washing or the dishwasher.
When I did this project I also used it as part of
my neighbor gifts. I got each a plate for each neighbor and put their last name on it using the "Merry Christmas, Love the (neighbor's last name here)". I made cookies and put them on the plate with a little card
explaining the “Santa Plate” idea and gave them away. It was easy and a hit!