Thanksgiving: Simple Decorative Plate

DIY Thanksgiving Decorative Plate

My goal for my Thanksgiving Mantle is to keep it simple and classy, but also keep it cheap (or better yet, free!) by re-purposing items from around the house.  You can make this simple décor by up-cycling a plate of tray you’ve got lying around the house.  Add a little vinyl and/or paint and you’ve got a simple, yet pretty piece to jazz up a Thanksgiving mantle or shelf.

DIY Thanksgiving Decorative Plate

What You’ll Need:

-An old plate or tray

-Acrylic Paint and paint brushes

-Adhesive Vinyl or Contact Paper

-Leaf stencil (I used two leaves from a Martha Stewart Adhesive Holiday Stencil set but you could also make your own using the Contact Paper stencil method I link to below.)

I started by downloading the {Be Grateful} image from the Silhouette store but you could easily design your own in Word and cut out a stencil using contact paper.  I was going to make a tutorial for this but there’s so many out there already.  You can check two good tutorials for making your own contact paper stencil here (text only) and here (with pics).

DIY Thanksgiving Decorative Plate

Since I have a craft cutter, I just used Adhesive Vinyl for the {Be Grateful} text.  If you use a contact paper stencil, you’ll use paint.

First, I had my Silhouette Cameo cut the vinyl and then I weeded out the excess as shown below.  I used transfer tape and a craft squeegee to get any wrinkles out.  Then I simply applied it to the plate.

DIY Thanksgiving Decorative Plate

Finally, I stenciled two leaves on each end of the text in red and orange shades.

DIY Thanksgiving Decorative Plate

Perfect on my simple Thanksgiving Mantle.  This is just a sneak peek because it’s not quite done but I’ll be sharing it soon!

DIY Thanksgiving Decorative Plate

P.S. The Silhouette Cameo ROCKS…just in case you’re in need of something to put on your Christmas Wish List!  Last year for Christmas, my hubby, in-laws and parents all chipped in on one for me and I use the crap out of it.  They actually bought it from Overstock and I’ve had zero issues with it.

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About By Dawn Nicole

Dawn is the DIY & Lifestyle blogger/Graphic Designer behind By Dawn Nicole. She is a mom of 3 who believes in "throwing kindness around like confetti". While Dawn loves all things creative, she has a passion for hand-lettered typography. A clean-eating foodie who loves cooking as much as a a good long outdoor run, she believes in balance and rarely lets a day go by without dark chocolate and over-caffeinating. She is also a contributor to the Silhouette Blog, Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke, and The Pinning Mama .


  1. Love this!! I want to give it a go, though I’m absolutely certain my stencil would never come out that clean lol! So happy to have just found your lovely blog :)

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