These DIY Christmas plates are a fun and easy craft for all ages (not just children). Using Christmas cards from past years and scrap pieces of construction or wrapping paper, you can make a cost effective and environmentally friendly Christmas craft.
Keep them for yourself or give away as Christmas presents. I found these clear glass plates on clearance at Zellers, but you could also look for them in any size at your local dollar stores and/or second hand stores.
Clear Glass Plates of any Size
Mod Podge Glue (Important, because it dries clear)
Old Christmas Cards
Scissors (If necessary)
Scrap Pieces of Construction and/or Wrapping Paper
1. Choose the Christmas card you’d like to use. Cut the picture out (or the verse inside, whichever you prefer) and place upside down on the plate (which is also upside down), so that the Christmas card is on the raised circle part of the plate. You may need to trim it to size.
2. Generously cover the card with Mod Podge until the card is stuck to the plate.
3. Arrange pieces of construction/wrapping paper over the rest of the plate and over the card and cover with generous amounts of Mod Podge. You can not use too much Mod Podge for this project. If you that find pieces of paper or Christmas card keep popping up, cover with more glue.
4. Leave plate upside down to dry. It will be tacky to the touch within a couple hours and will take several hours or even a couple of days for the glue to dry completely clear.
5. If you like, you can spray the back of the plate with a coat of clear varnish to seal it. If you don’t do this step, then you cannot place your Christmas card plate in the dishwasher or wash it in the sink. Once completely dry, trim off any pieces of paper or card that are sticking off the edge of the plate.
You can also use a Sharpie marker to write the artist’s name and year on the back of the plate.
The are many uses for a plate like this, including…
A plate for Santa’s cookies on Christmas Eve
A cookie exchange plate
A plate of goodies to be gifted
A teacher/hostess/grandparent, etc. gift
A plate for your Christmas desserts
A project like this would also make good use of old birthday, Easter, Valentines Day or other extra cards you may have lying around. Try doing this with pieces of your child’s artwork, too. The possibilities are endless!
What do you do with old Christmas cards?
Melissa Wormington is a contributing writer for MapleMoney.com. She lives with her husband and two school aged children along Ontario’s West Coast. A self proclaimed writer, crafter, baker and social media addict, she admits that because she hates to pay retail, she enjoys spending hours bargain hunting in thrift stores and consignment shops.