Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

Handprint Reindeer Plate

Handprint Reindeer Plate for Santa

November 19, 2019 Sarah Coggins
This post may contain affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you.

One of our family Christmas traditions is leaving out a plate of cookies for Santa. It started after we made a special plate with our son when he was just over a year old. Wanting our daughter to have her own special plate for this tradition, I took her back to the same pottery shop last December to make one. This time we created a Handprint Reindeer.

Handprint Reindeer Plate for Santa Cookies

Creating our Handprint Reindeer Plate

I found a plate to use and let my daughter pick out a small item to paint by herself while I worked on the details. She selected a small reindeer figure. Quite appropriate!

Small Ceramic Reindeer

We began with me painting her hand brown and her pressing it firmly onto the plate to create the handprint. After that was complete, we washed her hands and I set her loose painting her little pottery reindeer while I focused on the plate.

Painting Ceramic Reindeer
Christmas party favors & supplies

I used a pencil to lightly sketch my design on the plate before painting. I added a string of colorful lights across the “antlers” and the year just below them to the right.

Adding Details to Handprint Reindeer
Painting Handprint Reindeer Plate for Santa

Next I painted in a red nose and added the eyes with eyelashes, of course. I finished it off with her name in all capital letters along the bottom.

Reindeer Pottery Painting Complete

Elf Fun

Our new handprint Reindeer plate got it’s first test run a couple weeks before Christmas. We were baking our traditional gingersnap cookies when my son suggested we make a smaller cookie for our Elf, Christopher Pop-in-Kins. There was a lot of joy the next morning when we discovered that he did indeed eat a bite of the cookie and he left fun selfies taken with our son’s Instax Mini camera.

Elf Cookies - Handprint Reindeer Plate

Do you have a special Santa Plate or other special Christmas Eve tradition? 


  • Tanya September 23, 2021 at 10:44 pm
    Did you seal your plate with anything to make it food safe?
    • Sarah Coggins October 13, 2021 at 10:02 pm
      We painted the plate at a local pottery studio and it was fired in a kiln afterward. No sealing required.

    Leave a Reply

    I accept the Privacy Policy

    About Me


    Hi! I'm a DIY and craft obsessed mom to 2. I have my hands covered in sawdust or paint any given day. My husband and kids join me in many of our projects. When we aren't creating at home, we're creating memories in our many adventures. Join along! Read More


    Subscribe & Follow

    Subscribe to our Mailing List

    Get the news right in your inbox!

    DIY Project Money (aka Affiliates)

    At Home


    I highly recommend the book What Was Lost: A Christian Journey through Miscarriage for any woman of faith who has suffered a miscarriage or anyone wanting to gain insight to help comfort a spouse, friend, sister, daughter, etc.


    Fine Print

    2paws Designs is a for-profit site. I make a small compensation from select links when purchases made via one of the affiliate companies. Select posts are sponsored and noted as such. All opinions within this website are my own. Find the Privacy Policy here.

    Amazon Associates Disclosure

    Sarah Coggins is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

    Hosting with SiteGround

    Twitter Feed