The Giving Plate

Make a Giving Plate - Project by @BuildBasic Every year I struggle with grab gifts. I actually love putting a lot of thought into giving the perfect giving, but finding something for under $10 that any one of our many guests could enjoy, seems impossible. This year, I’ve decided to skip the shopping and make something we can hopefully all enjoy for years to come. The idea of The Giving Plate is to pass it on at parties and gatherings, like a little chain letter, moving its way between family and friends. Hopefully this gift will go on to hold many yummy treats made with love, and shared in the spirit of giving.




Print out Build Basic’s Giving Plate Printable. (Free Printable found in this week’s Subscriber Newsletter. Not a subscriber? Just fill out the box above to join, and then look for the template on the Subscriber Confirmation Page). Next, color in the lettering with pencil.


Clean the ceramic plate with rubbing alcohol and a lint free cloth. Center the design face down on the plate. Hold it in place with several pieces of tape. Using a pencil, shade over the lettering to transfer the design.


Using an oil-based marker, color in the lettering. Place the plate in a cold oven. Bake at 350-degrees for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and wait until it has completely cooled to remove the plate.


Cut out the gift tags. Tip: I printed my tag on two different pieces of color paper, and then glued the pieces back-to back to create the decorative border.


Make a Giving Plate - Project by @BuildBasic




Happy Holidays!

7 thoughts on “Pass the Love

  1. Sally

    Wondering how to get the template. I get your newsletter but not sure how to get older posts and printables?

    1. Jenn Post author

      Hi Sally!

      When you’re confirmed as a newsletter subscriber, the email contains a link to our site that has all the subscriber-only templates. Having said that, if you can’t locate it, feel free to email me directly at and I can send over the link and template you’re looking for. Hope this helps!!!–Jenn

  2. Julia Castillo-Niles

    Jenn, thank you for this template, we will be making a few of these. We love sharing with our neighbors and family.

    1. Jenn Post author

      I’m so glad to hear your making them for friends and family!. We have about three going around our family right now, and it’s so much fun to read the names on the tag and see where each has been. If you’re interested in sharing, we’d love to see a photo of your project! (Email to! Thanks again for reading! –Jenn

  3. Stephen Peters

    What a thoughtful idea. What a great idea to foster giving in those that we touch.
    I also love the design of your web site! Very classy …. simple to understand.

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