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.
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.
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.