Make-a-Plate, the same company that made those draw-it-yourself plate kits eons ago when we were young is still cranking out priceless keepsakes. I still have mine from kindergarten! And no, I’m NOT saying how old they are — but it takes more than one hand to count the presidents since then. I’ll leave it at that. My Make-a-Plate plates still look great and are quite useful, so I’m sold.
If you’ve never heard of Make-a-Plate kits and are looking for a nifty gift for kids, or anyone for that matter, here’s how Make-a-Plate kits work:
- First, buy the Make-a-Plate Kit (see links to the best deals we found below). The kit includes art paper, markers, instructions, and return envelope.
- Next, let your imagination go wild — kids create a masterpiece; moms record favorite family recipes; friends create memory plates for brides, graduates, coaches — the possibilities are endless.
- Last, send in your artwork to be preserved as a durable, dishwasher-safe melamine plastic plate.
Make-a-Plate offers two types of kits, individual kits and group and classroom kits, and there are differences in cost and how processing is handled. Which one is the best for you? Here’s a look at the differences between the two.
In the individual Make-a-Plate Craft Kit by Makit Products, the kit price includes the production and return shipping of one finished item — choose from a plate, bowl, drink bottle and more. This kit is a great gift item since there are no additional costs to get one item produced. Your gift recipient can also elect to have more items made from the same artwork for additional fees.
The Group & Teacher Make-a-Plate Kit
The Group and Classroom Make-a-Plate kit by Makit Products provides paper, markers and production forms for up to 50 items — but has no prepaid production. You pay production and return shipping fees only for the items you send in to be produced. Group kit production fees are charged per plate – and there is no minimum required so the group kit is great for classrooms, parties, scout groups, bridal showers (recipe plates are great for this!). Return shipping costs are based on the number of items made. Group kits can also be used as a fundraiser.
Along with the basic draw-your-own artwork kits, there are specialty Make-a-Plate kits to choose from, too.
Here are some other great DIY kids craft kits that your creative kiddos will love, too.