Tutorial: Creating Custom Desk Plates on Teach Starter


Written by Scott (Teach Starter)

We have just finished rolling out some new updates to how you can customise our desk plates. This has been a popular request over the past few months, and we are very pleased with how the new desk plates have come together.

The new desk plates come in a variety of designs and use common Australian, UK and US school fonts. They include the alphabet, school font lines, a number line, and a space for a student’s name.

Getting Started

To get started, simply select a style from our range of vibrant desk plate designs – there’s over 40 styles to choose from!

Next, you will see that there are three new options to modify how your desk plate will look. These options include:

  • School Font – the type of font that will be used for the alphabet, number line and your students’ names.
  • Font Lines – the type of font lines that will display behind your letters.
  • Number Line – The range of numbers running along the bottom of the desk plate.
  • Alphabet Pictures – Whether you would like pictures above and below the alphabet letters (i.e. a picture of an apple above the ‘Aa’)
Custom Desk Plates Example

Choose your settings…

Once you are happy with your settings, simply click download to see the result!

Adding Your Students’ Names

This is where our desk plates can really save you time!

While on the desk plate resource page, click the blue ‘customise’ button.

A range of new options will appear.

More Desk Plate Options...

Add your students’ names…

You can now select one of your ready made word lists to populate the desk plates, or simply type in a comma separated list of names you would like to use on the desk plates.

Once done, click download.

You will see that each desk plate now contains a word from your list. Print, cut and laminate and you’re done. Easy!

The finished product!


As easy as 1... 2... 3!

As easy as 1… 2… 3!

I hope that this brief tutorial will help save you time setting up your classroom, while also helping your students by providing them with a quick number and letter reference on their desk.

Comments & feedback

  • Wendy Kinniburgh

    Hi, this is a great option but, just to be difficult :), is there any way you can create an alphabet desk plate that opens in Studio and allows us to change the reference pictures for each letter of the alphabet if we want to? I would really like to be able to align my desk plates to the phonics program and chant we use in my classroom.

    Comment by Wendy Kinniburgh on December 10, 2017 at 11:36 am

    • Scott (Teach Starter) Scott (Teach Starter)

      Hi Wendy, thank you for your comment. Is there any chance you can let us know which pictures you use with which letter in your phonics program? We might be able to update our desk plates to match your system.

      Official comment by Scott (Teach Starter) on March 1, 2018 at 8:20 am

  • Jen Hall

    Something like this for Upper Primary would be good too. Including a Multiplication Square and other more relevant writing tools.

    Comment by Jen Hall on August 28, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    • Kristian Kristian

      Hi Jen, thanks for your suggestion.

      Please feel free to suggest it via the Request a Resource section:

      Your request will be voted on by the community. Each week, our team creates the most popular request. If your request hits the top of the list, we’ll be happy to make it for you!

      Official comment by Kristian on August 29, 2018 at 8:03 am

  • Lee Rowthorne

    Hi there, Is there any way the desk plates could include a small hundreds chart instead of the number line? Thanks!

    Comment by Lee Rowthorne on January 27, 2019 at 11:11 am

    • Kristian Kristian

      Hi Lee,
      You could print off hundreds charts to add beside the desk plates. Take a look at these:
      If this doesn’t suit your requirements, I would suggest filling in a resource request here:

      Request a teaching resource

      If there is anything else I can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

      Official comment by Kristian on January 31, 2019 at 11:26 am

  • Kate Auditore

    I would love a desk plate of common words for writing, or adventure words, or adjectives, or adverbs. Plates that could be put out depending on the current writing focus.

    Comment by Kate Auditore on April 7, 2019 at 10:03 am

    • Jill (Teach Starter) Jill (Teach Starter)

      Hi Kate. Thank you for the suggestion. I can see that you have now requested this resource. Our members can vote for this and when it hits the top ten, we will let you know when we start working on it. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with.

      Official comment by Jill (Teach Starter) on April 8, 2019 at 6:44 pm

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