Today we’re sharing how to create a Thanksgiving Platter to serve cookies or other treats on Turkey Day. It’s a really easy craft when you use this free “Gobble Until You Wobble” design template to paint a large plate. It would also work great as a DIY hostess gift.
Last week I shared how my younger brother and his partner do an amazing job of hosting our family for Thanksgiving. They think of everything from butter shaped like a turkey to having kids’ crafts like Handprint Turkey Shirts to keep my boys busy and entertained. I wanted to create something special to thank them for being such wonderful hosts.
I immediately thought of making them a Thanksgiving platter they could use to serve pies, tarts, cookies and other treats. Hand painting glassware is one of my favorite crafts. It’s a really easy and inexpensive way to personalize a DIY gift for friends and family at the holidays. A Thanksgiving platter like this would actually go really well with a set of fall wine glasses and appetizer plates like I recently made for a raffle at our annual Women’s Service Day event.
How to Paint a Thanksgiving Platter
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What You Need:
- Clear glass platter (I got the one I used at Walmart, but this set of 6 large plates on Amazon looks similar.)
- Enamel Metallic Paint, Glorious Gold
- Small paint brush
- Painter’s tape
- Access to a computer and printer
- Oven, optional
1. Prepare the platter.
Remove any stickers from the platter. Wash and dry it thoroughly so you have a clean surface for painting. I used Goo Gone to remove any sticky residue and then ran the platter through my dish washer.
2. Print the design for the Thanksgiving platter.
Download the Free Printable Gobble Until You Wobble Template (768 KB PDF) and save to your computer for your own personal use only. You can also use a program like PicMonkey to create your own words and designs for a Thanksgiving platter. (PicMonkey is a free online tool I LOVE for creating and editing graphics. You can upgrade to the “royale” version to get additional premium fonts, embellishments and other goodies.)
In the free printable template, you’ll see two different pages – one reads forwards and one reads backwards. For this Thanksgiving platter, you’re going to use the one that’s printed backwards. (You can also get this same design as an 8 x 10″ printable chalkboard Thanksgiving art.)
3. Affix the design to the Thankgiving platter.
To make the Thanksgiving platter food safe, you’re going to actually be painting on the bottom of the platter rather than the top. To make your text appear correctly once you’re done, you use painter’s tape to attach the backwards text template to the top of the Thanksgiving platter. Then when you flip the platter upside down, you’ll see the backwards design through the glass so you can trace it with paint in the next step.
4. Trace the letters with paint.
Flip the platter upside down so you’re looking at the bottom of the platter. Using a small paint brush, carefully trace over the letters in the design on the bottom of the platter. The design is taped to the top of the platter so you’re not directly painting on it. You’ll see in the photo I used a gold enamel paint, but you can use any gloss enamel craft paint color for this project.
5. Allow the Thanksgiving platter to dry.
You may need to use a few coats of paint to get the desired coverage you want on the Thanksgiving platter. Be sure to allow enough time for the Thanksgiving platter to dry between coats. You can also use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.
6. Cure the paint on the Thanksgiving platter.
The final step in the process is to cure or harden the paint on the Thanksgiving platter. There are two methods for doing this:
- Method 1: Air Dry. Let the Thanksgiving platter air dry for 21 days.
- Method 2: Bake in the Oven. Put the Thanksgiving platter on a metal baking sheet and place on a low rack in the oven. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the Thanksgiving platter for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off and allow the Thanksgiving platter to cool naturally with the oven before removing it. IMPORTANT: YOU MUST PUT THE THANKSGIVING PLATTER IN THE OVEN BEFORE YOU TURN IT ON TO PREVENT THE PLATTER FROM BREAKING.
Once the paint has cured on the Thanksgiving platter, it is dishwasher safe.
While you’re here be sure to check out other Thanksgiving ideas on Kenarry: Ideas for the Home, like this Pumpkin Pie Jar Candle or this Washi Tape Give Thanks Vase. If you enjoyed this Thanksgiving platter idea, please share it with your friends or pin it for later:
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