It’s mid November already, can you believe it. I am now getting ready for the Christmas Season and wanted to share an easy DIY on etched Merry Christmas plates with mistletoe.
I am looking forward to using these plates for entertaining this year. This is another simple DIY that can be done in a day, actually in less than an hour. I love that even the easiest types of projects can make a big impact. In this case, I like the fact that these are a unique set of plates and personalized for the season.
This project was so much fun because I got to explore with different fonts to use. The fact that you can select the perfect font for the perfect ambiance you want to create just makes this project even more exciting. I chose a script typeface and made it large enough to match the center of the plates to create a more elegant vibe.
Materials for the DIY Christmas etched plates
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- Etching cream – I used the one that came with the silhouette etching kit, but you can find it at any hobby store or here.
- glass plates – I got the ones I used for this post at World Market.
- vinyl for stencil
- transfer paper to transfer the vinyl to the plates
I used the silhouette to create the stencil but you can use your favorite cutting tools to make the stencil.
First it is very important to start with a clean surface for etching. Clean the surface of the plates with alcohol to remove any oils and fingerprints. The next step is to use the silhouette and select a font and a simple mistletoe to create the design. After I was pleased with the design, I used the cut feature to cut the stencil for the plates. Note: Use the mirror feature to invert the design. The stencil design needs to be “mirrored” so that when applied to the back of the plate it shows correctly. Cut the stencils with enough space on the sides of the design that will be etched to allow for sufficient surface area for the etching cream. (If you are interested in getting the studio3 file just send me an email and I will email it to you).
A few more simples steps
Exercise caution using the etching cream – use gloves at all times.
- Apply the stencil to the back of the plate – I used the hair dryer to heat the stencil to make sure it adhered fully to the glass plates
- Apply the etching cream, enough to cover the full surface and allow for up to two minutes for etching
- Remove the etching cream with warm water
Dry the plates completely and enjoy the creation.
These etched Christmas plates turned out beautiful and with a fun subtle look. These will be great for all the gatherings with friends and family this season.
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