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12 Days of Christmas Tradition ~ Day 10

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One of the reasons I love the Christmas holiday is the traditions.

I love reviving old family traditions, and making new ones.  I love remembering fondly the things that I did as a child at Christmas time and the things I couldn’t wait to do again.

As an adult, I get to make sure our family participates in our traditions and make new ones.

Christmas Crafts!

It is so much fun to make things with the kids, but this craft is made by me with the use of the kids hands.

On Christmas Eve I realized I didn’t have a plate for Santa’s Cookies!  I tried to find on at the store and couldn’t find one I liked, and decided to make my own.

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I know, make a plate on Christmas Eve, was I crazy?

I had seen this post around thanksgiving and thought it was great and knew I wanted to make something in that style.

Decorating with Sharpies are so easy! As long as you don’t make a mistake…

You will need:

  • ceramic plate
  • sharpies, at least two colors
  • rubbing alcohol
  • pattern, as a sticker

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Clean your plate with rubbing alcohol before use.

Trace you child(ren)’s hand on the sticker, then cut out.  I used large address labels, but they didn’t work that well, contact paper would be better.  The address labels have too much adhesive and were really hard to remove.

Place the pattern on the plate and using the sharpies, start your dots.

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Dot heavily around the pattern, and tapering out as you go towards the plate edge.  Since I had two hands, I kept the heavy pattern in between the hands.

On the first plate I did, I dotted around the pattern, which took a long time.  I thought if I could remove the address label quickly it would be easier, so I traced around the hands before dotting.  I was able to cleanly remove the address label, but I didn’t like the look as much.

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It is also better if you don’t use a brand new sharpie, you want the point to be blunt for better dots.

When you get the look you want you need to cure it.  If there is a mistake you can probably clean it up with some rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab.

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See the residue of the address label…

Place your plate in a cold oven and turn it on to 350°.  Bake for 30 minutes, turn off oven and let the plate cool while still in the oven.  You can spray with a clear sealing spray if you want, but I can’t guarantee it would be food safe.  I would recommend hand washing only.

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I used vinyl stickers for the “Cookies for Santa” on the plate.  I had planned on writing “from our hands to your” but didn’t think there was room.

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What are your Christmas Traditions?

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2 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas Tradition ~ Day 10

  1. Really, really, cute. I wish I had seen this years ago.

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