Make your own Santa cookie platter for Christmas Eve using a dollar store pizza pan and cuttable vinyl.
Leave treats for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve with a DIY Santa cookie platter made with a dollar-store pizza pan. Paint the pan any color you like, or simply leave it silver. Use permanent vinyl and a selection of Santa Cookie Platter SVG files for a Cricut cutting machine to create a one-of-a-kind tray for all of Santa’s treats. Create a space for Santa’s drink, cookies, treats, and even a place for carrots for his reindeer.
DIY Santa Cookie Platter
Print out a Santa Cookie Placemat instead!
Short on time or don’t own a Cricut? We’ve got you covered! Check out these printable Santa Treat Placemats. There are 4 different designs to choose from that are ready to download and print.
Santa Cookie Platter Materials and Tools:
- Dollar Store Pizza Pan
- Craft paint or spray paint
- Christmas Cookies for Santa Tray Builder Bundle or Christmas Dear Santa, Doodle Cookies for Santa Tray SVG
- Cricut Permanent Vinyl – You can use Smart Vinyl or regular permanent viny
- Cricut Standard Cutting Mat if not use Smart Vinyl
- Cricut Transfer Tape
- Weeding tools
Santa Cookie Platter Directions:
Start by preparing the pizza pan. Wash off any dirt or dust. You can paint the pan or leave it silver. We painted the pan using black chalkboard paint and a foam brush from the dollar store. Just remember that if you paint the pan, it is no longer food safe. You will need to put the cookies or treats for Santa on a small plate.
I had previously painted a dollar store cookie sheet with this same paint and loved how it turned out. You can see it on The Kringle Cookie Co. Dollar Store Cookie Sheet for Christmas.
For some reason, the paint didn’t turn out well this time. It was a little thicker and streakier than I liked. It gives it some character, though. Spray paint would work well for a thinner coat. Set the pizza pan aside to dry.
Design the Cookie Platter in Cricut Design Space
While the pizza pan is drying, hop on to Design Space to design your Santa Cookie Platter. We used the Christmas Cookies for Santa Tray Builder Bundle from DesignBundles.net, a great place to find SVGs and craft ideas for the Cricut.
There are also several different Santa Tray images available in Design Space. They are free if you are a Cricut Access member. You can search for “Santa Tray” under “Images” in Design Space. Some specific ones:
- Dear Santa -#M1B4F46EC and #M1B4F46FB
- Cookies and Milk For Santa Tray – #M1B4F46DE
- Santa Snacks – #M1B4F476A and #M1B4F477B
- Snacks for Santa – #M1B4F47A8
The designs in Design Space are rectangular and not round. You could use a cookie sheet (see The Kringle Cookie Co. Dollar Store Cookie Sheet for Christmas made with Cricut, for example) instead of the pizza pan. The directions would be the same.
To use the DesignBundles.net option, purchase the bundle. Download all of the files to your computer. The bundle includes several different types of files. It is important to upload the SVG files in the bundle into Design Space.
There are 6 bundles you can use to design your Santa cookie platter: Arrows and Extras, Cookies, Details Texts, Drink Spots, and Headline Texts. You can mix and match the designs and make a unique platter.
How to Build the Cookie Platter Design:
Create a new canvas in Design Space. Insert a circle from the “Shapes” option on the left side of Design Space. Make the circle 11″ (the size of the pizza pan).
Upload the SVG file bundle you want to work with to Design Space. Click “Add to Canvas.” Click “Ungroup” on the top right of the Design Space dashboard. Delete any designs you do not want to use.
Repeat the above with the elements you want to use to build the cookie platter. Use the circle to determine the sizing for each element. You can weld elements together (like the milk cup and the circle around it) to make them easier to work with.
Once you are happy with all the elements, hide the circle by clicking the eye next to it on the right side.
You can choose to highlight all the elements and weld them together to make one large design or cut them individually. It may be easier to place them individually on the pizza plan rather than in one large design. Cut the design on your preferred color of vinyl.
Watch this video to get an idea of how I built our tray:
Put the Vinyl on the Pizza Pan
Remove the cut vinyl from the Cricut machine and weed the elements.
Use transfer tape to remove the vinyl from the backing and onto the painted pizza pan. You can transfer the vinyl as one large design or move it over in pieces. We did it as one large design, which was difficult because of all the small details, especially the words.