Craft Project - Seder Plateby Wen Zientek-SicoThe seder plate is an important part of the celebration, not only for the foods that they hold and the meaning behind those items, but in the plate itself. Many families make their plates themselves to add extra meaning and make the plate extra special.
The seder plate is an important part of the celebration, not only for the foods that they hold and the meaning behind those items, but in the plate itself. Many families make their plates themselves to add extra meaning and make the plate extra special. All seder plates should have divisions or special areas to hold the six different foods separately. We used paint pens that require no curing or treating after painting, but any glass paint can be used. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's directions about preparing the glass, drying and curing the paint, sealing the paint, and washing it. With any glass paint, the pattern should be on the bottom of the plate to make the top surface 100% safe for food.
13 inch glass serving plate
Large sheet of paper
Black glass paint
Gold glass paint
Red glass paint
Blue glass paint
Trace the plate onto the large sheet of paper with the pencil and set the plate aside. Using the ruler, find the center of the circle and mark with a dot on the paper. Mark a straight line horizontally on the paper bisecting the circle. Using the protractor and your line, mark the circle at 60 degree intervals. Line up the center dot, the first 60 degree mark, and the edge of the circle with the ruler and mark the line. Repeat with the three other marks to form 6 wedges. Using the plate as a guide, make a curved line connecting the two sides of the first wedge to form a pointed oval shaped area. Repeat with the remaining wedges until the pattern looks similar to the one in the photo. Wash and dry the plate well according to the glass paint directions. Place the plate on the pattern bottom side up. Carefully line the plate up with the pattern. Outline the pattern of the wedges and curves with the black glass paint. Let dry thoroughly. While the paint is drying, prepare the template for the words to be written on the plate. We chose the following names for the traditional items included on the plate, but you can use English words, Hebrew letters, or a mixture of both languages.
Z'ro'a - A roasted bone, usually a shank bone
Karpas - A spring vegetable (non-bitter), usually potato, celery, or parsley
Chazeres - A bitter herb (vegetable), usually Romaine lettuce
Charoses - A mixture of apples, nuts, spices, and red wine
Beitzah - A roasted hardboiled egg
Maror - A bitter herb (vegetable), usually horseradish
Because you are working on the back of the plate, you must have a reversed image of the lettering to trace. This can be done by writing the words on thin paper with a dark pen so they can be seen on the reverse side. Once you have your lettering finished, center the paper underneath the curved area of the first wedge. Trace each word into the center of that area using the gold pen. Let dry thoroughly according to the paint manufacturer's directions. Starting with one wedge, paint it red using the glass paint. Paint every other wedge with the red paint. Paint every curve above a clear wedge with the red paint and let dry thoroughly. Once the red paint is dry, paint the clear areas with the blue paint carefully. Let dry completely. Cure and seal as directed by the manufacturer if desired.
Project Developed, Styled, and Photographed by Wen Zientek-Sico.