Crafts For Kids

DIY: Special Birthday Plate that Little Ones will Love!

DIY Birthday Plate Reminds Them How Special They Are!

Elephant birthday plateElephant birthday plate
This Craft was Featured in the July FaveCrafts Newsletter!

Oh! The Challenges of Finding that Perfect Gift

Isn’t it hard to find just the right gift?

It seems I’m always agonizing what to give someone for their birthday, Christmas, housewarming, marriage, and more.  Gift gifting is a year-round activity in my home and one that I love but take seriously.

I want the recipient loving their gift and, most importantly, know that I care.

And, this adorable birthday plate shows you care and more!

Elephant birthday plate
Cutest elephant birthday plate ever!

Where to Find DIY Gift Inspiration?

Gift giving is what propelled me into crafting in the first place. So, whenever I am searching for DIY gift ideas, I take a stroll over to my two favorite sources, Pinterest and FaveCrafts.

I know most of you are acquainted with Pinterest.  (I’m there and pinning daily!  Hey, check me out on Pinterest!)

But, did you know that FaveCrafts is also a great place to find DIY gift ideas ?  If you’re a real die-hard crafter (like little ol’ me), you will love it!  And, like Pinterest, FaveCrafts allows you to submit your extra-special creations to share with their viewers.  

And, when they share mine, OMG I’m in heaven! 

But, this time, surprisingly, neither Pinterest nor FaveCrafts inspired my craft. This time, my muse was Amazon.

Elephant birthday plate
Elephant birthday plate

Special Wood Burned Birthday Plate Makes An Adorable DIY Gift for a Little One!

Yep, I was shopping on Amazon when I stumbled on the wooden elephant platter. And, it was instant LOVE.  I knew immediately that it would be just the gift for a baby shower or a baby’s first birthday. And, I had some of those coming up!

But, the crafter in me wanted to personalize it!

I had to wood-burn a cute little saying on the elephant’s belly.  I just had to!

The wood burning would transform the elephant plate into a one-of-a-kind birthday plate!  Wood burning would make an adorable plate even more so.

The child could use it on special occasions like his or her birthday or when they lost their first tooth or when they did something really sweet!

And, it would be a keepsake, a lovable reminder of when they felt extraordinarily special and important.

OK, I was sold! And, ordered immediately!

And, here is how this cute little guy was transformed.

Wood Burning Supplies Used to Make the Birthday Plate:

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  • Of course, you need that adorable Wooden Plate – Amazon carries them – those sweet, wooden elephant platters. They are perfectly sized for a kids meal. And, they have other shapes as well. It was so hard to decide! I ended up purchasing both the elephant and the bunny!  But, I know I’ll be going back for the owl and the car too!

    Elephant Plate from Amazon
    Elephant Plate from Amazon
Owl Serving Tray
Owl Plate from Amazon
Car serving tray
Car serving plate from Amazon
Wooden Rabbit Tray
Wooden Rabbit Plate

Instructions on How to Make the Birthday Plate:

Birthday Plate wording

Birthday Plate wording

  • Center the wording on the plate and place the graphite paper underneath it.  With a pencil, trace the wording onto the elephant’s body.

Transfer the design onto the birthday plate

  • Take out your wood burning equipment and burn the words onto the wood. I used a heat setting of “7”, which is fairly hot. However, I wanted the lettering to stand out and the hotter setting turns the wood a darker color, which I liked. But, watch your fingers!  I used the writing nib that came with the kit for the entire project. And, don’t forget to have a piece of wood nearby to test or clean your nib, when necessary.

Elephant Birthday Plate Being Wood Burned

Elephant Birthday Plate Being Wood Burned

  • Last step is to write the gift recipient’s name and date on the back. Don’t forget this step!

That’s it!  All that’s left to do is wrap the little guy in a cute vintage blue ribbon.  It’s that easy!

Vintage Ribbon
Vintage Ribbon

Elephant birthday plate

I made a bunny birthday plate too!  Isn’t she sweet?!

Bunny birthday plate

They are both so cute and they tug at my heart!

And, if you like wood burning projects, check out my post on wood burned spoons!  They make sweet gifts too!

Happy Crafting and thanks for visiting!


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