Decorating Disposable Dishes for Sukkot

Every time my family eats outside, I have this irrational concern about breaking a plate. It doesn’t keep me up at night, but every meal I think to myself, “This is the day.” Breaking a plate shouldn’t be a big deal, but if it is a concern, it definitely shouldn’t interfere with holiday plans.

Now I’m not a big fan of disposable dishes, but it does make me feel better knowing that I can wash and reuse them. Not the paper ones, silly! The plastic ones. I know, plastic is so taboo these days. But tell me that gorgeous lulav and etrog motif isn’t worth it for a set of plastic plates for a week.

It is a little bit of a time consuming project if you’re hand cutting it all out. Sorry in advance. But even if you just cut out the center part and not the wreath, they would look gorgeous. As for the vinyl, make sure you’re using permanent vinyl. No can do for the temporary stuff. It won’t survive the hot soapy water when you’re washing the dishes later. I used a frosted vinyl, but anything that goes with your style is perfect.

Are you ready to get started? Click here to download my Free Lulav and Etrog Plate Stencil. Directions are included on the template.

If you have a Cricut machine, click here to get to the project page.



  1. Print the Free Lulav and Etrog Plate Stencil onto card stock and cut away white spaces.
  2. Trace the outline of the stencil onto your vinyl and cut.
  3. Adhere the vinyl to the backs of your clear plates.

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