We are taking a break from our New Years goals today with an easy tutorial for Disney fans. We are taking our family to Disney World next year so I am already getting pumped. None of my kids have been yet so this is going to be such a delightful experience full of memories for them. This DIY etched family Mickey plate is an excellent way to surprise your kiddos with a Disney vacation announcement. It is also a fun and thoughtful, personalized gift for any Disney lover. Of course, it is so cool you will want to make one to keep as well. Luckily this DIY is inexpensive to make so you don’t have to choose between keeping on for you and gifting it.
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- Clear Glass Plate (Make sure that it is cleaned before etching it)
- Painters Tape
- Ink Pen
- Letters that are less than 2 inch tall (paper ones or stickers will work)
- Utility Knife
- Armour Etch
- Protective Gloves
- Straight Ruler
Start by layering strips of painters tape on a cutting mat (or other protected surface). Do this with the sticky-side of the tape facing up.
Next, measure the width of your plate (the flat part only) with your ruler.
Then draw 2 parallel lines on your tape strips the same length as your plate width. Place them roughly 2 inches apart from each other vertically.
Continue sketching your design by drawing ears on the top parallel line.
Next, draw a semi-circle below the bottom parallel line.
- You can write and established date in the center of your bottom parallel line. I didn’t like the way mine looked so I chose to cut it from the final design.
After you have sketched your design, start placing your letters centered between your parallel lines.
- The letters should be placed so that you can read them. Don’t try to place them backwards.
- Start with the center letter in the last name and work your way out to keep your design centered.
Continue adding your letters until the entire name is spelled out.
Next, begin cutting out your design with a utility knife, starting with your letters.
Continue cutting out your design until the entire thing is cut out.
- Make sure that your parallel lines have a little bulk to them. See the picture for reference.
Now, center your design on the bottom of your plate with the sticky side facing the plate.
Smooth your design onto your plate and ensure that every edge if firmly pressed down so that you get clean lines during etching.
After putting on protective gloves, cover your design with etching solution.
Let the etching solution set the amount of time recommended on the packaging.
Next, put your protective gloves on and rinse the etching solution off of your plate and remove your tape.
Dry off your DIY etched family Mickey plate and you are done. This is such an easy and inexpensive gift that any Disney fan would love to receive. This is also a great DIY project to personalize for kids. If you choose to do that, I recommend doing it with their first names instead of the last name. They will be crazy excited to have an awesome plate just for them. These babies are also dishwasher safe so clean-up is a breeze. If you want to kick the surprise up a notch, be sure to gift this DIY alongside these delicious Sparkly Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Truffles. What goes better with a fancy plate than a fancy dessert?
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