DIY charger plates

Let’s talk about table settings! With the holidays right around the corner I was stressing out about our mismatched light and dark plates. I thought about buying new, but hadn’t seen anything I really liked. I decided instead, that I would try and make them work buy using complimentary charger plates (have you seen the prices of some of them!?) I found basic chargers in the stores ranging from $3-$10 each, but none of them felt like they’d really work in our space. Instead of buying, I chose three of my most favorite finishes and decided to make the best of the mismatched-ness of it all and make exactly what I wanted. Aside from the $8 I spent on the plastic Dollar Tree platters, I had every other supply on hand.

Let’s get started on some DIY charger plates!

Any crafting diva will appreciate these! I found this paper in the dollar bin at Michael’s and it’s been my favorite this season. It’s neutral, but still fun and kinda unexpected. I used it to make this Mod Podge Pumpkin and a few other projects.

I cut a piece of paper larger than the size of the plate and crumbled it up. You don’t have to crumble, but I prefer the texture I get when doing so. I poured a little gloss mod podge directly onto the plate and spread it out evenly with a chip brush. Uncrumble the paper and lay it out over the top.
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Run your hand over the top and smooth out any noticeable lumps. Make sure you pay close attention the the edges. Flip the plate over and make sure the paper looks like it’s all stuck down. At this point you can let it dry as is and then lightly sand off the edges and then just mod podge the top. Since you can’t see the underside of the chargers, I added a little mod podge to the rim of the plate and wrapped the remaining paper underneath. Flip it over, mod podge the top, let dry and your done!
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Next up, aged cement. Wait what? Cement at the dinner table? Trust me, they look great! Using the same plastic platter, I applied Fusion Ultra Grip. This stuff is the bomb dot com and really makes paint and texture stick like glue to plastic, metal and glass. I let that dry and then stippled on Fusion Embossing Paste. You can check out how to stipple on this tutorial.
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After the embossing product has dried, I painted right over top with Fusion Mineral Paint. It dries really quickly. I used a slightly different shade of Homestead House Milk Paint over top. This is what will give it that aged, chippy look. As it’s drying, it you’re not seeing many chips happening, you can take a hair dryer to it, making sure not to stay in one place for too long and they should begin to appear. Once dry, sand away any noticeably large chips.
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I glazed with Van Dyke Brown and sealed with Modern Masters Master Clear Supreme and called this baby done!
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…and finally, everyone needs a little extra bling, especially around the holidays! I took the easy way out with these. I used spray adhesive and allowed it to tack up for a minute or two. I placed each sheet of silver leaf (I happened to have the fake stuff) on the platter until it was completely covered. Don’t worry if it rips apart. Just patch it up. The leaf is very delicate and will get everywhere, so make sure you’re prepared for a little bit of a mess. Once the plate is completely covered, take a soft chip brush or sponge brush and work away the excess until all the flakes are gone.
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I sealed with Modern Masters Master Clear (not master clear supreme) and there ya have it!
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I’m super happy with how they tie my simple, mismatched plates together and give the whole setup a semi formal, but not super stuffy look. Make sure you pop over to check out my PVC pipe napkin rings. They compliment the chargers perfectly!

Thanks for popping by. Please leave me some love, ask away if you have any questions and as always, feel free to PIN and share.

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Dorrie XO

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