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How to Make Christmas Crafts for the Kitchen


Bright Lights Cookie Plate

Bright Lights Cookie Plate is a Christmas cookie plate. This  Christmas craft makes a good Christmas gift.
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Bright Lights Cookie Plate

You'll Need:
  • Clear, smooth 10-inch glass plate
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Bottle-tip nozzle pen set
  • Enamel paint: black, green, white, yellow, red, blue
  • Foam plate
  • #2 round paintbrushes
To Make Bright Lights Cookie Plates:
  1. Download the Bright Lights Cookie Plate pattern here. Print two copies. Cut out patterns along semicircle outline. Flip 1 pattern so ends of cord outline match up with other pattern, creating a continuous circular pattern. Tape in place.

  2. Snip 1/2-inch tabs all around pattern to allow paper to conform to plate. Position and tape pattern facedown on top of glass plate. Design will be painted on bottom of plate.

    Cut tabs around the pattern.
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    Cut tabs around the pattern.

  3. Using pen set, attach extension cap and fine metal tip to black enamel bottle. Practice squeezing lines of enamel from bottle onto foam plate, then draw thin black definition lines on glass plate for sockets and cords and around each bulb. Let dry. (Quickly and thoroughly rinse out cap and metal tip after each use.)

    Use the pen set to make the lines.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use the pen set to make the lines.

  4. Thin small amount of green enamel with water on foam plate. Using pattern as your guide and painting on top of black definition lines, paint a line over coiling cord. Also use green to fill in sockets and 2 green bulbs. Be sure to apply paint strokes in same direction. Let dry, and repeat if necessary to achieve opaque coverage.

    Use green to fill in the sockets.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use green to fill in the sockets.

  5. Holiday Hint!
    Painting mistakes can be easily removed by washing them away with water before the paint has dried completely or by scraping the dried enamel off with your fingernail. Remember: Once the enamel has been cured, it becomes permanent.
    Thin small amount of white enamel with water, and paint white lightbulbs. Repeat with remaining paint colors to fill in yellow, red, and blue bulbs.

  6. Follow manufacturer's instructions on enamel bottles for drying, baking, and curing enamel to glass.
In the next section, we'll show you how to make Christmas serving trays.