diy plaid chargers & tablescapes

Like many of you, I love plaid | tartans | checks. they are so fun to mix & match this time of year.
I posted this inspirational post last year.
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I absolutely love, Love, LOVE this place setting!
The animal print place mat with the layering of plates; transferware with plaid.  Love!
Then I found this.
Ralph lauren chargerIt’s a Ralph Lauren charger.  It’s beautiful leather.   It’s NOT reasonably priced.  It’s discontinued.
Thank goodness- then I don’t have to justify overspending or convince myself that I really don’t need (need?) them.
So I started searching.  And looking. And thinking.
Why not make my own?
At first I wanted a green tartan plaid.  I nice scottish pattern.  But, alas, none to be readily found.
So I switched gears to a black palette instead, which I think will turn out to be more versatile in the long run.
I started with this.
I found the chargers at Michael’s after Thanksgiving for 60% off.
Then I found the fabric at Joann’s, using a 40% coupon.
Not bad, huh?
I was worried the fabric might bunch up, but if you work quickly it goes pretty smoothly.
The sticky glue is not fun to get off your hands but otherwise pretty smooth sailing.
Cut the fabric slightly larger than the chargers.
Spray the front of the chargers with spary adhesive & lay fabric on smoothing it all out to the edges.
Trim the excess fabric around the edges, leaving a lip & then glue the lip to the underside.
I loved how they worked on our Christmas tablescape.
The green stripe worked perfectly with the green Spode plates, glass water goblets & napkins.
It also has a small red stripe as well, which was just enough for me for christmas.
I scotch guarded all of them before setting the table, which came in handy since Miss M of course spilled some of her Cioppino.
I gave her a knowing smile since she helped me make them & I taught her about scotch guard.
II love the casualness it brought to the table w/ the formal china, silver & crystal.
fun, fun, fun!
Since they didn’t cost me that much I won’t feel guilty if I get tired of them.
I love them so much right now I’ll be using them for my new year’s eve tablescape.
Loving the neutral palette here.
I certainly will be using them through many tablescapes in 2016.
Happy New Year !
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shabbilicious friday @ shabby art boutique
wake-up wednesday @ god’s growing garden
motivation monday @ a life in balance
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home & garden thursday @ a delightsome life
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morning cup of joe @ the cottage market
simple & sweet friday @ rooted in thyme
saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes
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sundays at home @ love of home
motivtaion monday @ a life in balance
make it pretty monday @ the dedicated house




  1. Michele says:

    What a fabulous idea, Mary Jo! I have a whole bunch of those chargers – picked up a box of them at a garage sale years ago and I don’t use them – I have the ones I use…..I think I’d like to try this.
    Wouldn’t a pastel paid be pretty on a whimsical eASTER tablescape? I think you should get Scotchguard and spray them so the fabric stays a little bit “stain resistant,” though, don’t you? People are sloppy eaters!
    Well done, thanks for the great idea and inspiration!

  2. thanks michele. would love to see your finished chargers once your done. it would be super cute for easter. & yes, i did scotch guard them before i used them. good thing because of course my daughter spilled but cleaned up nicely. thanks for stopping by. xo- mj

  3. Jann Olson says:

    Mary Jo, this plaid lover is oohing and ahhing over these! 🙂 I have done this before years ago with a Valentine plate and I still have it. Love the layering of your dishes. Happy New Year and thanks for sharing with SYC.

  4. Sandra says:

    Oh my gosh you have opened up a world of possibilities for me, thank you! I was quite mad for plaid over the holidays and fought back temptation to buy the expensive pre-made chargers. Thanks again!

  5. Sherry says:

    That is a cute idea! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home and Happy New Year!

  6. Robin says:

    Modge Podge works for this, too….I did some chargers in tan burlap, red burlap, and a tan burlap with birds! All from Joann’s.

  7. thanks jann! see you soon over at syc! xo- mj

  8. thanks sandra! hope you had a wonderful new year xo- mj

  9. thanks you sherry. i hope you had a happy new year as well. xo- maryjo

  10. yes modge podge is a great idea! thanks for the tip robin. xo- mj

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