Welcome to day 2 of my 25 Days of Craftmas series! If you missed yesterday’s project, be sure to check it out here. Today I’m sharing another super easy Christmas countdown project. Since it’s a dry erase countdown, you can actually make it on a variety of surfaces. I chose to use a plate, but you could also make one with an empty picture frame, a mirror, a whiteboard, or any other surface that can use dry erase markers.
The thing I love about this project is that it’s basically mess-free. There are no paintbrushes to clean out or wood to cut. You just grab a glass plate and add your vinyl. Easy!
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED
HERE’S WHAT YOU DO
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 Days Until Christmas for Plate. It will either be listed under the Christmas category-25 Days of Craftmas 2018 – Day 2.
Clean the glass plate to remove any dirt or fingerprints. While the plate dries, layout the design in your software. I used a 10.5″ plate, so I sized the design to be 9.7″ round. Cut out the two colors of vinyl, weed away the excess vinyl and apply the transfer tape.
The curves of the plate can make applying vinyl a little bit tricky, especially if you’re adding a border around the brim. So, to make things a little easier, cut the border apart and the rest of the design. Then, trim off as much backing as you can.
Have you ever heard of the hinge method? You use tape to act as a hinge when applying your vinyl. The tape keeps everything straight and centered while you’re applying the vinyl. We’ll be using this method to apply the vinyl to the plate.
Center the border onto the plate and then use painters tape to keep it in place.
Fold the vinyl over the tape and then cut off and remove the backing.
Then, press the vinyl into place, but don’t remove the transfer tape.
Remove the tape and repeat the process with the other side. Rub over the vinyl several times so it sticks to the plate and then remove the transfer tape.
Use this method to apply the center design.
Once the vinyl is in place, you can add a decorative bow to the top. Now your plate is ready to start counting down the days until Christmas.
Use a plate holder to display your new countdown plate! Cute and easy, right!
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