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DIY Personalized Cookies for Santa Plate

Make your own personalized cookies for Santa plate with a dollar store plate, vinyl, and thumbprints!

The magic of Christmas is awesome to watch through the eyes of a child.  The traditions and keepsakes you make can last a lifetime.

We have quite a few Christmas traditions and one of them is making personalized cookies for Santa plate.  We have a few different ones made from each of my kiddos.

This year I wanted to make something easy with a piece of all three of them.  Grabbing a charger from The Dollar Tree, vinyl, and some paint, we put together this cute and easy Christmas cookie plate.

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Here’s what you will need…

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If you like Dollar Store crafts, make sure to check out how to make some cute Grinch decorations plus grab the free Grinch face SVG!

How to Make a Personalized Cookies for Santa Plate

You can design a file in Cricut Design Space or grab mine here.  If you need additional help uploading to CDS, go here.

cleaning a plate for vinyl

Clean off the plate with rubbing alcohol.

personalized cookies for santa plate

Cut the file out with permanent vinyl in whatever color you like.  Weed off the extra vinyl.

personalized cookies for santa plate in cricut design space

Use transfer tape to apply it to the plate.  I look at my computer screen while I do this so I know where things go.

applying cookies vinyl decal to plate

I apply the top and bottom words to make sure I have enough room.  Scrape it down and remove the transfer tape. I added each word separately.

scraping down vinyl onto a charger
peeling transfer tape off vinyl
applying vinyl to plate with transfer tape
personalized cookies for santa plate

For the dots, I just added them wherever.

Using Thumbprints to Make Reindeer

Now for the reindeer, you’re going to need some thumbs.  Brush on some paint or have them dip their thumb into the paint, and then press it down on the plate.  Make as many as you want.

using thumbprints to make reindeer
making reindeer heads with thumbprint
personalized cookies for santa plate
christmas cookie plate with reindeer thumbprint
painting reindeer antlers on thumbprint

I let the paint dry overnight and then added antlers, eyes, and noses with paint markers.  Regular Sharpies also worked for the antlers, the ink was just a little lighter.

painting eyes on a reindeer with Sharpie
christmas cookie plate
red nose for rudolph thumbprint reindeer

You could also write their names or year on the plate.  Let them be as creative as they want!

christmas cookie plate

The one drawback of these dollar store plates is that they are shiny, meaning the paint can scratch off.  I had to use my fingernail, but some of the brown paint scratched off.  So, store them carefully with newspaper or paper towels wrapped around them.

We set out the plate with our DIY Santa mug with from last year.  Can’t wait to bake Santa some yummy cookies!

personalized cookies for santa plate

Then make sure to grab our From Santa Christmas tags to make Christmas morning stress free!

personalized cookies for santa plate

Making Cricut Christmas projects can be perfect for gifts too.  Make sure to browse other cute Christmas ideas to see all that this amazing machine can do!

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Make a fun DIY personalized cookies for Santa plate with a Cricut, vinyl and your kids' thumbprints. A treasured Christmas craft to keep year after year! #cricut #cricutmade #diychristmas #santa #dollartree

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a creative day and happy holiday season!



Monday 7th of December 2020

Hi Amy, I picked up one of the charger plates at Dollar Tree and did my Santa Cookie design then saw on the back that it is not food safe. I was going to make some for my grandchildren but now not sure I should use these. What do you think?

Leap of Faith Crafting

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

It depends on what they will really use them for. We use them as a decoration and then just put a few cookies and carrots on Christmas Eve for just a few hours. Vinyl really shouldn't have food on it either, but since we're not actually eating off the plate we are fine with it. If they plan to actually use the plate for eating off of, then you might want to use a ceramic plate. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to