If you’re an avid painted you’re probably all like, I got this! If you’re new to painting you might be thinking, Me? Paint glass? Permanently?! But the truth is, if you have at least one hand (and if you don’t, don’t let that stop you!) and a couple of paint brushes, you can make your own DIY Handpainted Snowman Christmas Cookie Platter. I’ve even included a FREE printable image painting guide!
- Glass plate – a dollar store is a great place to find one. Mine is approx 11″ in diameter
- DecoArt Americana Multi-surface paints
- Paint brushes – I used one small pointy one, one small flat edge, one medium flat edge and one large flat edged brush. The kind you get in a craft pack.
- Rubbing alcohol – for cleaning the glass prior to painting
- Paper towels – as a cleaning cloth
- Printer – or some way to print out the Snowman Image (<–Click this link, right click on image, save & print)
- Black Tie – for hat & coal
- Lipstick – for hat trim & scarf
- Shrimp – for carrot nose
- Cotton Ball -for snowman & snowflakes
- Jade – for background color
After you’ve printed your image place it on the inside of your plate, tape it in place and turn your plate upside down. You will actually be applying the paint to the bottom of your plate. My plate is a little over 11″ in diameter. For that reason, I made this image approx 8″ x 9″. If that’s too big or too small you can adjust that prior to printing.
An important note about the image: The image I have provided for you to download is already an inverted, mirror-image. All that means is, once you flip the plate back over and view it from the top, the image will appear just as it should.
DO. NOT. DO. IT.
Again, it’s pretty quick to dry so I just walked away and did other things while I waited for it to dry.
You’re next step is to paint the snowman and snowflakes. Here’s where it might look a little confusing. Since you won’t be viewing your snowman from the bottom there’s no need to paint around his small nose, eyes and buttons. Just paint that entire area in. Again, another 3 – 4 coats. At this point I allowed it to dry overnight.
The next day, flip your plate over and view it from the top to check and see if there are any gaps in your paint job. If so, fill those in, allow to dry thoroughly before moving on to the final painting step.
Give it 4 days to air cure. After your patience you’ll be rewarded with an adorable, one of a kind, top-rack dishwasher safe cookie platter. Yay you!
If you’re not interested in your platter being dishwasher safe you’ll need to allow it to air cure for 7 days instead.
I. Am. In. Love.
Want to make dessert plates instead? Go for it! The possibilities are endless. You could even do several all at once. You’ll want to plan ahead about a week from start to finish. Day 1: Painting snowman and snowflakes, Day 2: Painting background and Days 3 – 7: air cure then bake on the 7th day.
So what do you think? Are you game for hand painting your own plates or platters this year?