How to Make Your Own Giving Plate

How to Make Your Own Giving Plate

Have you ever heard of the Giving Plate? It’s a plate that someone has made (or purchased) that is meant to have no owner. It is filled with a delicious treat and passed along to someone else. They then eat the treats, fill the plate, and pass it to the next person.

This plate shall have no owner
for its journey NEVER ends,
it travels in a circle 
of our FAMILY and FRIENDS.
It carries LOVE from home to home 
For everyone to share,
The food that’s placed upon it 
was made with love and care.
So please ENJOY what’s on the plate
Then fill it up again,
Then pass along the love it holds 
to your family and friends!

Ok, so the poem pretty much explains the idea of the plate. Now how do you make one? It’s much easier than I thought it was going to be. The best part? You don’t have to be a super creative person to make one of these. If you can print out a template, cut it out, and trace, then you can make your plate!

How to Make Your Own Giving Plate

We had a MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) mom’s night out at one of our leader’s home last week, and we all made our own plate. Since I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing, I started out simple. Our leader had suggested searching online for a template we want, but I completely forgot about that part. Luckily, she is an excellent planner and had a few ready for us to use.

How to Make Your Own Giving Plate

She had everything we needed set up on some tables for us. The following are the supplies you need to make your own giving plate:

  • Plates
  • Paper with printed template
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Acetone
  • Q-Tips
  • Scissors
  • Tape

You’ll want to buy regular sharpies, as the gel sharpies tend to crackle after baking it in. The plates can be from the dollar store, as long as they are glass plates. Obviously, you probably want to start with a white plate since that will show the color the most, but there’s no reason you can’t start with a different color as well. No matter what color plate you use, you want to make sure to use a little of the acetone to clean it before you start.

How to Make Your Own Giving Plate

Once you have your printed template, you want to flip it over and use the pencil to cover the model with pencil lead. You want to make sure there is enough pencil on there, so give it a thick coat.

How to Make Your Own Giving Plate

Then turn the template back the correct way, and cut close to the words or images, so you don’t have a lot of extra paper. Then use the tape and adhere the paper to the plate where you want it to go. Use a pen to trace the template, pushing as hard as you can. Trust me; your hand will be a little sore by the time you are done. Take your time. The harder you push, the more of the lead that will transfer to the plate, giving you your template.

How to Make Your Own Giving Plate

Once you have the pencil marks on the plate, use the sharpie markers to trace your template. If you make a mistake, you can use the acetone on a Q-tip to erase the sharpie markers. Get creative, use as many colors as you want on the plate, and don’t hesitate to free-hand draw some accents around the plate. You can also write your name or the poem on the bottom of the dish.

How to Make Your Own Giving Plate How to Make Your Own Giving Plate

After you finish your plate, let it cure for at least 24 hours. To set the color in, you need to bake the plate but do it carefully. Put your plate in the oven while it is at room temperature. Set the oven to 350 and then set a timer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and leave the plate in for a couple of hours until the oven has completely cooled. You want to make sure the plate doesn’t cool down too quickly, or the plate can crack.

How to Make Your Own Giving Plate

Once the plate is completely cooled, you have your final product! Make sure to hand wash the plate because the dishwasher will quickly wash the marker off.

How to Make Your Own Giving Plate

Have fun! You can also use this method to create any plate you want. I am working on a plate right now with the Hogwarts Crest on it, done the same way. I also want to get a few more plates so my boys can make their own “special” plates.

How to Make Your Own Giving Plate

Here are some other ideas for plates that some of the moms made. Most of them, the center was done with a template and the design around it was freehanded on the plates.

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30 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Giving Plate

  1. I haven’t ever heard this before! I love this idea. I will be adding this to my “winter crafts” — My g/fs will love this as well. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is such a fabulous idea! We have one that travels amongst all the neighbors on my street…. it’s not an xmas one so we randomly suprise each other with treats throughout the year for no reason at all.its so much fun!

  3. These plates are so cute, and thank you for explaining how to easily trasfer the template to plate! I’ve seen these plates before and have always wanted to make one- now i’m not so nervous about how to go about it. LOL Again, thank you for the easy to understand directions.

  4. I have never heard of this but I absolutely love it! What a cute idea and great design. I may have to make one of these myself.

  5. This ‘ll be so great for Christmas. It looks very fun and exciting. Thanks for sharing. I hope you’ll write more about this topic

  6. This is such an amazing idea! My sister and I would surely love to do this even though we’ve both grown out of coloring lol! Thanks for sharing, and merry early Christmas!

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