Today, I’m showing how to make this cute plate for Santa’s cookies. Vinyl is great to put on a lot of things, but it’s best not to put in were it will come in direct contact with food. That’s because vinyl isn’t food-safe. So, unless you’re going to cover the vinyl with parchment paper or something similar, it’s best not to put it on plates. Well, this project is an easy way to make a food-safe plate with vinyl.  We’re going to reverse the vinyl and put it on the back of the plate, so it never touches the food!  So, if you need a plate for Santa’s cookies, this project is for you! Read on for the full tutorial.
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The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project.  I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library.  These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others.  This library is open to everyone and is free!  You can access the library here. Look for the file called Cookies for Santa BA1418. It will be listed under the Christmas category.


Open the design in your software program.  Measure the diameter of your plate and draw a circle that size.  My plate is 10.5″, so I sized my circle to be 10.5″  Then, measure the bottom of the plate and draw another circle that size. Mine was 6.75″, so that’s the size of my inner circle.  You’ll want center the inside circle inside of the large circle.  Now, resize the design to fit inside the circles.  I ended up making this design about 9.75″ wide and I left the height proportional.

You can also place a small dot in the center of the design.  This will help make centering the design on the plate a little easier.


Since this vinyl will be going on the bottom of the plate, the design needs to be mirrored. Don’t skip this step or this project won’t work.

I cut the red portion of the design the way it appeared on the screen.  For the green portion, I moved everything close together to save vinyl.  Once everything is cut, weed away the excess vinyl.

Use a weeding tool to pull out the small pieces inside of the letters and inside of the berries.

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little bigger than the design. Place the vinyl on the transfer tape and smooth it down with a scraper.

Then, trim off the excess transfer tape.

Cut apart the two green words and the two sections of leaves.

Use your scissors to poke a hole in the center of the vinyl backing.  Then, remove a small section of the backing.  You can either cut or tear it away. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you just need to expose the dot and some of the transfer tape.

Then, cut large slits between each section of words and berries.



With the plate right side up, use a dry erase marker and place a small circle in the center. Then, flip the plate over and wipe it down with rubbing alcohol.

Once the plate has dried, place the vinyl on the bottom of the plate.  Match up the vinyl circle with the dot you made on the plate. Press down where the transfer tape is exposed so the design sticks to the plate.

Take one section of the design and pull off the vinyl backing.

You should be able to rip off that section of backing and remove it from the plate.

Now, push down the center of the word onto the plate.

Move your thumbs outward to press down the rest of the letters.  Repeat these steps with all the other sections of the design.

Once all the vinyl has been pressed down, you can carefully pull off the transfer tape.

Next, grab one of the green sections of vinyl and pull off the backing.

Position it on the plate and rub over the letters,  Then, remove the transfer tape.  Repeat these steps until all the vinyl has been applied.

Wipe off the dot in the center of the plate.

That’s it! Now you have a super cute (food-safe) plate for Santa’s cookies! I love plate because you can still see the cute design even when the plate is full of delicious cookies for Santa!

Handwashing is recommended.


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