DIY Burlap Plates and Leaf Chargers made with Mod Podge

mod podge burlap plates

Have you ever thought of eating off burlap?  No way!  But with the easy technique you can make a rustic designer set of plates and chargers using burlap, scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.  The plates are not dishwasher safe.  They will need to be gently hand-wiped clean.  They are great for salads, desserts and cheeses.  Look for glass plates and chargers at your dollar store and jazz them up!

The Plate: What you need:

Fall themed scrapbook papers, Scissors, Glass plate, Foam Paintbrush, Mod Podge Matte, Mod Podge Fabric, Burlap fabric

How To:

1. Cut a fall leaf shape from scrapbook paper.   Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the top of a paper leaf.  Working on the backside of the plate, position the leaf in the center of plate. Press with your fingers to remove any air bubbles and allow to dry.

2. Trim the burlap so it is just larger than the plate. Coat the entire backside of the plate with fabric Mod Podge.  Use a thick coat.  Position the burlap on the back of the plate.  Smooth with your fingers.  Place the wet side up and allow to dry over night.  Once dry, trim around the edge to get a smooth edge.

3. This is not waterproof.  Should be used for cheese or cookies.  Wipe the top clean.

The Charger: What you need:

Fall themed scrapbook papers, Fall leaf paper punch, Foam paintbrush, Gold charger, Mod Podge Gloss

How To:

1. Using a paper punch, punch fall leaf shapes from scrapbook papers.

2. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the back of a paper leaves.  Position the leaves on the edge of the charger, press with your fingers to remove any air bubbles and allow to dry.  Once dry, top coat with a thin coat of Mod Podge.

DIY Rustic Wood Burned Chargers and Altered Glass Plates

It’s time for a rustic table-setting.  The chargers really make a statement and they make a wonderful gift too.  The wood burning is easy to do (it’s a little stinky but easy) They are awesome on a Thanksgiving table and add a touch of rustic-elegance to your table.  The plates have a temporary altered element (skeleton leaves) that can be washed off and the plates.  The plates can then be reused for any occasion.

To get started, Use tracing paper and a printed graphic of the initials you want to place on the charger.

This charger was from Walnut Hollow.  I just love the rustic bark edge.

Next, use the wood burning tool and the tip of your choice to burn the letters into the wood charger.

You can add additional elements and designs.  Make sure you follow the instructions on the tool package.

This is not kid friendly…the tip of the tool gets very hot!

Next, add a stain or a clear finish to seal the design.

To create the skeleton leaf design on the plates we used Mod Podge to glue the leaves to the underside of the plates.

Pour a little Mod Podge onto a craft mat.

Dip the leaf into the Mod Podge.  (Skeleton leaves are available at most craft stores.)

Position onto the backside of a glass plate.  Use a damp cotton swab to clean the edges if needed.

Allow to dry.  This plate is designed to be temporary as this will not withstand washing.

You can hand wash the top of the plate.

To remove the leaf… soak the plate in soapy water and wash clean.  Mod Podge is non-toxic.