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This month is all about gift giving and I thought what better way to highlight that than the gift that keeps giving.  I made a glass-etched plate with the phrase “Make it Give It” on it to present yummy treats.  The premise is you give some handmade treats to a friend, neighbor, co-worker, etc., and they, in turn, pass the plate on to another person with some homemade treats.  And the cycle of gift giving begins and extends beyond Christmas! This is super easy to make with the right supplies and can be used year round!

glass etched cookie plate




Glass Plate found in the floral section at Jo-Ann

Silhouette Cameo Machine

Silhouette “make it give it” file / non-Silhouette user file

transfer tape

foam brush

Vinyl or Contact Paper

Homemade or Store Bought Sugar Cookies

Wilton Red Candy Melts

Wilton Green Candy Melts

Thick Ribbon

plastic wrap to cover goodies

Rubbing alcohol


1.  To etch the plate you will need to download the design and open it in your Silhouette studio program (see above supply list to download).  Note: the words are mirrored.  If you do not own a Silhouette machine you can use vinyl and an Exacto knife to cut out the phrase.

2.  Remove all stickers from the back of the plate and wipe the area down with alcohol so all residue is gone and you have a nice, clean surface.

holiday glass etched plate

3.  Transfer the vinyl onto the back of the plate.  Press the vinyl down to make sure there are no bubbles and you have a great “stick” between the vinyl and the plate.

make it give it plate

4.  Using a foam brush apply the Armour Etch over the vinyl stencil.  I swipe a thick coat up and down and then right to left a few times to make sure I have covered all of the surface. And make sure it is a nice thick coat. The Armour Etch says 15 minutes but I have found 25 minutes works a little better.

glass etched christmas plate

5.  Rinse off the etching cream with water and pat dry with a towel.

glass etched holiday cookie plate

6.  Remove your vinyl stencil.  You can use stick pins to remove the middles of the o’s and a’s.

cookie plate gift

To make the cookies…

1.  With a microwave-safe mug add your melting candy.  Microwave on high for 1 minute and then stir.  Microwave in increments of 30 seconds stirring in between until the candy is melted.

melted chocolate cookies

2.  Dip half the cookies in red candy melts and then let them cool.

DIY cookie plate

3.  Once cool, repeat step one with green melting candies.  Dip the other side in green.

bake it forward plate

4.  Once cool, arrange them on your plate and cover with plastic wrap.

glass etched cookies plate

5.  Tie a bow around it and present your gift with the cutest child possible.

glass etched baking plate

cookie plate glass etched

And when all the cookies are eaten you are left with the beautiful glass-etched plate.  Then it is time to continue the cycle of giving.

DIY glass-etched cookie plate

Disclaimer:  This post was a sponsored post for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. This is part of their #makeitgiveit campaign for the month of December. All ideas and opinions belong to me.

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  1. No damage to the sink from the etching cream? It left marks on the metal on mine. i only use my slop sink in the cellar now. Love the design idea.

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