How to make a DIY Star Wars cookie plate:
May the 4th be with you! If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate Star Wars at home, what better way than with cookies? But really, everyone loves cookies – even the dark side. Last Christmas I made a number of Christmas cookie plates as gifts for friends and family, but I had a few extras to play around with. So I decided to do something Star Wars inspired with this one!
I got a Cricut machine last September and have been playing around with it a lot lately. You technically don’t need one to make this project but it’s going to be a lot easier if you have one. All the other materials I used are pretty easy to find and pretty cheap too.
I used the cricut to make a sort of stencil to put onto my design. In this tutorial I’m going to describe how to do it if you have a similar cutting machine, but if you don’t there are a few other ways you could create one. If you print what you want and then trace it onto paper, you’d have to cut out each of the invididual letters. It would take time, and I’d recommend something like an exact-o knife to do all the curves, but it is do-able. Really any way that you might make a stencil would work, because that’s all your need the machine for.
In the case of the cricut I designed it on their software using the Dark Side font I found for free online. I also added some rebel and imperial logos around the edges. Then I printed it with the machine onto window cling vinyl. This worked really well for something that would stick to the plate but also come off easily once I was done using the stencil.
Glass etching looks fancy but it’s actually really simple. You basically just buy glass etching cream and do what you want with it! Obviously a stencil will be very helpful if you’re making designs. You just put the cream onto glass, let it sit for a bit, then scrape it off and wash it. Whatever sections of the glass had the cream on them will stay on with that etched look. It’s super cool and looks very professional.
Side note – it is pretty difficult to take photos of a glass plate! I know, the problems of a blogger. But trying to get the lighting so it was clear but without any glare, and determining if the etching showed up better on a different background… well, I hope these photos do a decent enough job of showing you what it looks like!
You could definitely use this plate all year long, not just on May the 4th or during Christmas cookie season. I served my chocolate crinkle cookies on this plate, which I made using the recipe from Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays. Of course, you could keep with the Star Wars theme and serve my baby yoda cookies, but I’m not sure we want to tempt baby yoda to the dark side – I have a feeling cookies might convince him!
I’ve included my design for this DIY Star Wars cookie plate here in this blog post, but the great thing about a project like this is you can really get creative and make any sort of design or saying that you’d like! I have two more plates left so I’ll have to think about future projects.
Where to get the supplies
Glass plates – you can find these a number of places, but because I was making a bunch of them to give as gifts I wanted to find them cheap and in bulk. I ended up ordering a dozen from Dollar Tree.
Etching cream – I just got this on Amazon, it was pretty affordable there. But I’m sure they have them in craft stores as well.
Cricut machine – If you’re considering one of these machines, I’d keep an eye out for a good deal. Cricut runs discounts and sales often. I signed up for their email list and bought mine when a really good sale came along. I have the Cricut Explore Air 2 and I got it as part of a bundle that included some basic materials and supplies for about $220.
- Glass plate
- Etching cream
- Wooden popsicle stick
- Window cling vinyl or other material to use as a stencil
- Cricut printer or regular printer and scissors/xacto knife
- Create your design using the Cricut Design Studio or use mine. If you don’t have a cricut machine you can use any sort of design software or just print my design onto a piece of paper.
- Print your design - if using Cricut, print it onto window cling vinyl. For a regular printer you can print it onto regular paper or stencil paper.
- Make sure you mirror image your design! Since it’s going on the bottom of the plate you’ll be working from the back and so it should look backwards to you while working with it so that when you flip the plate over everything reads correctly
- Position the window cling in the place where you want it and then press down. If using paper I recommend using painter’s tape to adhere the paper to the plate.
- Apply glass etching cream according to instructions on container.
- Remove/rinse etching cream (again, follow the instructions that came with it).
- Wash and dry your plate and enjoy some cookies!
Would you try this DIY Star Wars cookie plate?