This adorable keepsake plate will bring a smile to parents’ faces every year when they get it out! It’s quick and easy to make, is fun for little ones, and is a great plate for holiday cookies for everyone’s favorite hard-working, red-suited elf!
Keepsake Plate Supplies
The supplies for this project are inexpensive and easy to find – a must for every teacher! You will need:
- Plain white or clear glass plate – found at dollar stores and restaurant supply stores or even online.
- Acrylic paints – black, brown, red, green, and white.
- A thin paintbrush for adding details.
- A permanent marker for the lettering.
- Clear spray lacquer – one can goes a long way!
Time to Make a Reindeer!
- First, have the student paint some grass on the bottom of the plate.
- Next, help the student paint one hand brown and put it with the four fingers touching the “grass.”
- Have the student dab a finger in red or black paint and put on the end of the thumb for a nose.
- Let the plate dry completely.
Next, the teacher then adds the details (or helps older students add them) – antlers, ears, tail, eyes, and hooves. With the permanent marker, add Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or another festive greeting to the top, with the year and student’s name. A few well-placed snowflake dots complete the look. Let the plate dry completely (again!).
Finally, spray the finished plate with the spray lacquer or liquid Mod Podge for durability. This is definitely a grown-up-only step and is best done out of doors or in a well-ventilated area. Be sure to follow the direction on the can to determine when it is completely dry.
Don’t need a Christmas keepsake plate? Try mixing it up and make a variation for Mother’s Day by using a plain handprint, a handprint turkey for Thanksgiving, or a handprint heart for Valentine’s Day. No matter what the occasion, families are bound to appreciate the keepsake plate for years to come.
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