DELIGHT SANTA WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL SANTA PLATE TO DELIVER HIS GOODIES.
My kids are always so excited to leave Santa some milk and cookies. And don’t forget the reindeer, they need a treat too! So we have made a very special Santa plate to leave on Christmas Eve. Get the free Santa plate cut files below and make your very own. I will show you how to make this Santa plate with permanent vinyl so that it is food safe and dishwasher safe. We will accomplish this by putting the vinyl on the back of the plate.
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Material needed to make a Santa Plate
- Clear dish, glass or plastic
- Permanent Vinyl in your color choices
- Transfer Tape
- Cutting Machine
- Weeding Tools
- Rubbing Alcohol and lint free cloth
- Santa Plate Cut Files
Preparing Cut Files
Upload the cut files into your cutting software. Ungroup everything so you can work with the individual layers. Measure your plate where you are going to place your design and insert a square or circle the same size that you can use as a template to place your items where you like. My plate surface where I’m applying the vinyl is 11″ x 8″. Place your shape in the back and lock it so it doesn’t move.
Add, your family name under Love. I used the font Atlanta Regular, if you want to use the same font. Select one group of words and attach them together, so the letters don’t move from each other. Repeat with all the groups of words.
Then you can move everything around to fit your template. I would not decrease the size of the words because then it gets increasingly difficult to cut and weed since they are so intricate. Once you have everything where you want it, delete the template shape that you made and locked in the back. You don’t want to cut this out.
There are two ways you can cut this out. One way is to not attach any of the layers and then send it to the mat. Cricut will group everything of the same color together on one mat and use the least amount of vinyl. This is the method I chose. You also MUST mirror your files because we are putting this on the back of the plate. If you do not mirror, when you look at your finished plate, everything will be backwards.
The other way is to attach all the same colored items together where they are located and they will cut out like this. That way, it’s easiest to place on your plate. But you waste a lot of vinyl this way.
Once you have everything ready, do a test cut, by cutting a 1/4″ size square by itself and seeing if it cut all the way through. When your settings are correct, cut your design.
Weed your designs and apply transfer tape with a scraper tool.
Before applying the vinyl, we need to clean the surface first. Use rubbing alcohol and a lint free cloth to wipe away any dust, hair, or smudges. Remember, we are applying this on the bottom of the plate, so turn it over and clean with rubbing alcohol.
Next, since I cut out all my images separately, I roughly placed the images on the back of my plate so I could eye ball where they would go.
Then start applying each vinyl piece, by removing the paper backing and placing the vinyl on the plate. Start by pressing in the middle of the design and working your way to the outside of the design with your fingers. Then use the scraper tool to adhere it really well.
Remove the transfer tape and repeat with all the other designs.
Your kids will love putting this plate out for Santa on Christmas Eve. This plate is food safe, because the vinyl is on the back of the plate, so it won’t be touching the food. And it is dishwasher safe because we used permanent vinyl. Now, I can’t guarantee that it won’t come off, because you never know. It could depend on the item you put it on and the brand of vinyl you use. But in the years I’ve used permanent vinyl on car windows or mugs that go in the dishwasher, I’ve never had it come off.