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Advent DIY Day 5: DIY Christmas Plate by BeyondBeyond

Dec 5, 2013

by Jo Casley handmade and vintage goods

Every day between December 1st and December 25th, we bring you a new festive ‘how to’ as part of our DIY Advent series.

Amma Adjubi-Archibald is Editor of Beyond The Magazine an interactive iPad Wedding Publication. She is a UK and International Wedding Photography and style blogger at Beyond Beyond, and a graphic and web designer working for both commercial brands and wedding industry clients.

What would be your perfect Christmas day?

My perfect Christmas day is anywhere with my loved ones – nothing better than being with people you love.

What is your favourite handmade Christmas present?

My favourite handmade Christmas present is gingerbread, I always have a taste for it this time of year.

Where will you be for Christmas?

This Christmas I’ll be home in London with the family, I’m looking forward to being chef!

Make Your Own Christmas Plate

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and this is the perfect plate to serve Mr Claus his Mince Pies on. And if you are a non-believer, you can just make this plate for yourself and put your humbugs on it!

You will need:

  • Ceramic paint
  • A blank plate
  • Paint brushes
  • Cotton Buds
  • Card
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape (2 thicknesses)

How To Make It:

Step 1

Mask an area of the plate in the shape of a capital A.


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Step 2

Stir your paint and begin the paint application of the paint – you might want to give this a good two or three layers, but allow 30 mins drying time between each layer. (You can have a cup of tea for company.)

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Step 3

To create the base of the tree once again using masking tape you want to create an upside trapezium shape or in simpler terms make another triangle, but chop off the top.

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Step 4

In this area paint your second colour the base of the tree. Once again allow the area to dry.

Step 5

Once the paint is touch-dry, slowly remove the masking tape – you can use the end of the paint brush to gently tap the masking tape, this prevents you taking the whole design off with the tape.
Et voila! You’ve got yourself a basic minimalist Christmas tree plate.

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A little bit extra

If you decide that you want to add baubles, dip the end of a cotton bud in your paint of choice and blob away until your heart is content; I think my tree looks like it has raisins instead of baubles, but with a few extra added cookies for bribery purposes – Santa will let it slide!

All images Babb Photo


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