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Sometimes the simplest things are the most effective and we certainly found this to be the case with our homemade Christmas crafts. The Christmas plate is a really easy, fun and creative activity that is suitable for nearly all ages! What’s more, you can draw anything (festive) that you like, so let your imagination run wild!
What you will need
Sharpie markers, available online here at Ryman
A plain white plate. You can buy these very cheaply in many large supermarkets. If you want a whole selection of Christmas plates, it could be a good idea to buy a set of plates.
Select your colours. We’ve gone with the classic Christmas colours of red, black and green to create a Santa plate, but don’t feel limited – the plate is your oyster! If you’re going for something a little more complicated like, say, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, then you’ll need a wider selection of colours, so do think about this before you buy your pens.
Unless you’re particularly confident, it’s a good idea to sketch out your plate design on a piece of paper. If you’re doing this with children, you might want to give them a helping hand with the sketch. Proportion is the most challenging aspect here, so sketching your design out on paper can help to make sure that Santa’s eyes aren’t under his nose.
Now you’re ready to get started on your plate. Use the black pen to do your outline first and give this about 5-10 minutes to dry before adding in more colour.
Now all you’ve got left to do is the colouring-in. If you like the idea of Father Christmas enjoying a mince pie from a plate with his face on it then we recommend that you leave your mince pies (or cookies) on this plate on Christmas Eve. We’ve left the ‘Love from ___’ blank. If your children want to be on Santa’s Good list next year.