Freebie: Christmas Stag Graphic

When I started brainstorming ideas for decorating our Christmas table I really wanted to go down a kind of homespun tartan route (any excuse to use tartan, I know), but that was scuppered at the first hurdle when I couldn’t find the red tartan plates I had in mind. It’s such an odd thing – here we are in bonnie Scotland, the home of tartan, and not a single tartan plate to be had! If I’d given it more thought a month earlier and wanted to risk my dinner service arriving in pieces, I could have had my pick of plates shipped over from the US where they’re prolific. With that idea out the window I decided to just stick to the usual rustic woodland and wildlife theme that I love so much; unfinished wood, natural textiles, woodland flora and fauna, and big chunky candles, rounded off with crisp white plates. I had a picture in my head of side plates with vintage style illustrations of a stag or deer on them, and again my searches drew a blank. Everything I found was too modern, the wrong size, or too expensive, so I decided to make my own.

Christmas Stag Water Decal Transfer Plates

I started off with six Fargrik side plates from Ikea. At only £0.80 a plate, it was a bit of a no brainer, and when I got to Ikea I found that they had a ‘seconds’ section in which the Fargrik plates were even cheaper – it ended up costing me only £3.00 for six plates. I’m not sure what qualifies the plates as seconds but other than the price, I can’t find any difference between these and the usual ones.

Christmas Stag Water Decal Transfer Plates

I edited two pictures from The Graphics Fairy together in Photoshop to make my Christmas stag image, then printed it six to a sheet on to A4 water slide decal paper from Crafty Computer Paper. The decal paper is super easy to use and it only took me an hour in total to finish all the plates. I’m over the moon with them. They’re exactly what I’d imagined and, at about £0.70 a plate, cost me a fraction of the price of others that I’d seen for sale online.

Please feel free to download the Christmas stag graphic in my warm brown or good old black for use in your own projects. Right click on the image and select ‘Save link as…’ to download.

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  • http://weeinklings.blogspot.com/ LeAnne

    These are lovely! I just got some of that water decal paper and am ready to redo some of the decos in my LR…..and I am sure I will be using this idea! TFS! Happy New Year!

    • Fee

      Thanks LeAnne! Good luck with your project :)

  • Cynthia

    Can these plates be washed and will the decal remain? Are they food safe? Or are they just for decoration?

    • Fee

      They’re really just for decoration. You have to varnish the decal before applying it to your plate and the varnish could transfer to any food you put on top of it. Probably best not to risk it!

  • Mary Buck

    Love it!! With my last name (Buck), I like subtly adding deer images, etc, here & there. Your plates are AMAZING! Love your blog. Loved Scotland, too!! =)

    • Fee

      Thanks so much, Mary!

  • Judi Johnson

    If you used the decals are they able to eat on? Or just for decoration? Either way they are beautiful.

    • Fee

      Thanks Judi! They’re really just for decoration. You have to varnish the decal before applying it to the plate so you run the risk of getting varnish on your food!

  • Mary

    I love the look of these. Thank you for allowing the use of your images. Can I ask if you used a sealer over the decal?
    Thanks again.

    • Fee

      Thank you, Mary! I used a matt varnish to seal the decals before I applied them to the plates.

  • http://pumpsandneedles.blogspot.com/ Birgit

    What a great idea, they look lovely!

    • Fee

      Thank you Birgit! :)

  • http://lcsmithsaved-outofthemire.blogspot.com/ Leslie

    Another option would be to apply the image to the back of a glass plate. It could be sealed without risk to your food. The plate would then be set on top of a larger white plate so that the image shows up well. Lovely!

    • Fee

      That’s a great idea, Leslie :)

  • Patriciatop

    Good post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday. It’s always exciting to read articles from other writers and practice something from their sites.