I wanted to make a fun last-minute Christmas craft and this DIY Santa cookie tray (with cut files) was so quick and awesome–and now we’ve got the best Santa cookie plate in town!
DIY Santa Cookie Tray
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we adore Christmas around here. It’s a little ridiculous, between the fun holiday gnomes and the Christmas cupcakes, I’m surprised I ever have any time to do anything else. But I found myself with a few minutes free and made this absolutely adorable DIY Santa cookie tray.
Genuinely fun, this easy Christmas craft makes for a great addition to any Christmas tradition. My kiddo is so excited to put this out for Santa, we even had to test it out–you know, to make sure it worked. If you’re ready to get a tray for Santa’s cookies made, well, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make A Tray for Santa Cookies
- Click here to get the free cut files for Cricut or Silhouette to make this easy Santa cookie plate alternative. You could totally make this by just painting on the words, but seriously, if you have a cutting machine, why would you do that?!
- Don’t forget, if you’re going to use heat transfer vinyl, be sure to mirror the image in Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio. I have wasted so much vinyl that way…don’t be like me.
- One of the most awesome tools I’ve recently added to my arsenal is the EasyPress Mini. Now, I’m not joking you, I was using my household iron before and you can certainly press your vinyl with that. But the deal is that, if you want a more consistent, fast and beautiful finish with your vinyl, the EasyPress is the way to go. Click here to get an EasyPress Mini and make this project move like a breeze.
- My hot glue gun is literally my go-to, but I’ve found that for handles on anything that’s going to get picked up or hung on a wall, I really ought to use E6000 craft glue. It’s really stout and just puts up with more abuse. But doesn’t set as quick as super glue, so I still have time to position things and make it right before it’s stuck forever. So, click here and get some E6000 just so you can keep your handles on your tray for Santa cookies.
How Do I Make this DIY Santa Cookie Tray?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- Start by staining your wood. I just did one coat, then allowed it to dry per the package directions for the stain.
- Download the cut files and upload them to the cutting machine software of your choice.
- Load the heat transfer vinyl onto your cutting mat. Be sure to mirror the image in Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio. I have wasted so much vinyl that way…don’t be like me.
- Also, another trick: be sure to hit the "attach" button so that your lettering stays all nice and neat together. You won't save any vinyl this way, but you will save your sanity.
- Cut the lettering and shapes, then cut out each of the general groupings.
- Weed the lettering and discard the unnecessary vinyl scraps.
- Place the shapes and lettering on the wood and iron it on using your EasyPress Mini. Follow the vinyl's directions for how long and what heat level to use with the EasyPress.
- Remove the backing from the vinyl lettering and shapes.
- Place your handles and glue them down with the E6000.
- Allow the E6000 to dry overnight.
- Pop some cookies on your Santa cookie tray and place next to the mantle!
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