Santa loves milk and cookies - especially on
his special "Santa Plate." Create a Christmas Eve
heirloom with a few simple materials.
is a combination craft of reverse-glass painting and
decoupage. The result
sparkling serving plate with the look of a hand-painted heirloom.
Display it on a plate stand - or leave some cookies out for
Clear glass dinner or dessert plate (ours had a
Text for plate, printed in mirror
image (reversed) letters on plain white paper
Acrylic gel medium for decoupage, like Mod-Podge
Wide paint brush for gel medium
Opaque white paint pen
Acrylic craft paints in bronze and dark
Black (or gold) spray paint
Natural sea sponge
Scissors or craft knife
Circle cutting template, such as a small plate
or saucer, that is slightly smaller than the base of your clear
apart the letters of the printed text into small squares, keeping them
in order. Working from the FRONT of the plate, turn each letter FACE
DOWN, and tape it in place, to create a guide for hand-painting the
of the plate (See Tips).
Place the plate FACE DOWN. With the
printed letters as a guide, use the white paint pen to paint over each
letter on the glass. Let it dry.
Use your template to mark a circle on
your image, and cut it out. Be careful to cut away all of
your marked line.
Place the clear plate upside down. Brush on a
coat of gel medium to
the bottom of the plate. Apply a coat of gel medium
face of the image. Place the coated side of the image onto
plate, centered and aligned with your painted text. Use a
brayer to press out any air bubbles.
With a damp rag, wipe off any lumps of gel medium
around the image. Let it dry overnight.
Using the natural sea sponge, dab on a light
pattern of bronze paint over the back of the entire plate.
Leave some clear glass showing. When it is
dry, sponge on the red paint and let it dry. There should be
very little clear glass showing now, but it will still be translucent.
Paint the back of the plate with two light
coats of black (or gold) spray paint. Let it dry between coats
Hand-painting the text ("Cookies For Santa") on
the back of the plate is
a test of your spacial perception, hand-eye coordination, and possibly
It doesn't have to be painful - just methodical.
out your text (in reversed or mirror-image letters). Cut the
letters into small squares, keeping them
in order by
word. Turn each letter over, face down, in place. You should
be able to read the words properly (unreversed) through the
back of the paper.
plate face up. Place each letter on the FRONT of the plate,
you want it, and tape it in place (you can mark your placement with a
grease pencil before you start). When you are done taping the
letters on, hold the plate up to the light to proofread the
words from the FRONT.
the plate over. From the BACK, you should now see the printed
letters, reversed behind glass. These are what you will
copy over with the white paint pen.
Consider personalizing your text - "Cookies
from Debbie and Bill" or "Kerry's First Christmas." You can
create your text with a word processor, like Word, and specify that it
be printed in reverse in your printing instructions. Use a
large, chunky font for the easiest painting.
You can decoupage smaller cut-outs
around the rim of your plate. They can be elements from your
central image, or scraps or cutouts from other images, greeting cards
or wrapping paper.
Use a small, craggy natural sea sponge.
Fill it with water first, and squeeze it dry in a towel, to
get it soft for painting.
Many paint-color combinations will work, if
they coordinate with the colors in your image. Metallic
paint and pale green paint will give a faux-patina look.
Metallic gold and black is dramatic. The text paint
color should be as contrasting as possible, light for a dark background
and dark for a light background.