How To Make A Food Safe Giving Plate

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Clear Plastic Plate with Giving Plate in Black written on it.

Many crafters (myself included) love to give handmade gifts to friends and loved ones.

What better way to give and keep the circle going with a plate from one friend to another? I plan to fill plates like these with cookies. Wrap in cellophane, add a bow, and give them to my neighbors for the holidays.

In the spirit of giving, I designed two different cut files to make giving plates.

The Giving Plate in script font on a red and black buffalo plaid plate.

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Two plates on counter.  Right plate is red and black buffalo plaid with white writing saying The Giving Plate.  The left plate is clear with black writing saying The giving plate.
The plaid plate on the right is not “food safe” as the vinyl is on top.

How To Make A Food-Safe Plate

In general, most vinyl warnings indicate food shouldn’t be directly placed on vinyl. To make a food-safe plate, we will put the vinyl on the bottom of a transparent plate.

In the photo above, the buffalo plaid plate wouldn’t be considered food safe as the vinyl is on top. When gifting that plate, I plan to place cookies on a disposable clear plate. The clear plate is food safe, as the vinyl is on the bottom side of the plate. Both plates pictured were purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Ruler measuring diameter of round, clear plate.

Start by measuring the diameter of your plate. I took note of both the middle section and the outer ring. The design is saved to alter the size of both the outer ring and the center. I cut the vinyl at 6 inches for the center wording and 11 inches for the outside round.

Included in the download folder, you’ll find two Giving plate designs. I named the one on the red plate (with the laurel leaves) Simple Giving Plate, and the design on the clear plate is the Detailed Giving Plate. Choose which one depending on the look you’re going for or your weeding ability.

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Once the design is uploaded, click Ungroup to set the sizing. I recommend selecting the outer ring all together to keep the correct sizing proportions. (See video linked below for detailed instructions).

To make weeding a bit easier, I added a rectangle and attached it to my center wording. This step creates what is referred to as a “weeding box.” The weeding box helps when weeding vinyl, especially if the different cuts are close together.

To make a food-safe plate with vinyl on the bottom, mirror the design. In the video tutorial, I also review how to move the pieces around on the mat to conserve vinyl.

My favorite adhesive vinyl is Oracal 651. I use the “vinyl” setting on my Cricut Maker, which cuts perfectly every time.

Weed all the pieces of vinyl and cleaned the surface of the plate with rubbing alcohol. The alcohol cleans the plate and will help the vinyl stick.

Next, apply transfer tape to the weeded pieces. Make sure to burnish well so that the vinyl will stick to the transfer tape.

I chose to use the “hinge method” to apply the outside ring of vinyl. See the video tutorial (below) for detail. That allowed me to place the various pieces exactly where I needed them and keep them perfectly aligned.

Detailed Video Tutorial

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