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.