Today Lovey and I had some special quiet time as we decorated Santa’s treat plate. Tinker really wants nothing to do with getting paint on her hands or feet lately, so I chose to respect that…at least for today since I already painted her cute little feet to make an angel earlier this week!
There are so many adorable Christmas plate designs out there, so before getting started Lovey and I looked over a few ideas. We focused mostly on these handprint & footprint Christmas plate designs. Then we decided that the handprint Christmas tree would be fun to decorate.
It is probably worth noting that I cheated a bit. I love the idea of having a family tradition where we decorate a plate for Santa, but I really don’t want to have a ton of these plates to store and pull out every year. So instead of using ceramic paint and preserving this treat plate, we just used our washable Crayola paints. When the plate is finished we will take some pictures to capture the memory, but then after Santa enjoys his snack we will wash the paint off and save the plate to redecorate next year. At least that is the plan at this point. We’ll see how it goes.
Typically I paint the kids’ hands for these types of activities, but today Lovey asked if she could paint her own hand. Sure, why not? She was so happy to do it herself. I helped her make the handprints, but she basically did the rest on her own. She even asked if she could wash the brush herself. Well, of course!
After the green paint dried, Lovey chose which colors she wanted to use to decorate the tree. She switched between using different fingerprints to create different sizes of ornaments. Then we added a trunk and tree topper. She is really proud of her creation, and I really enjoyed the time to chat together while she painted. I hope Santa enjoys his treats.
Do you make a Christmas plate? If so, how do you make it, and do you save it?
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