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.

DIY Thanksgiving Napkin Rings: Poppy Fall Colors!

Making customized napkin rings with a few wood beads, disks and letters is snap and they will look so festive on a Thanksgiving Table!  For these I used an assortment of poppy fall colors of FolkArt paint.  This project was designed for Plaid!  To see more Thanksgiving ideas go here.

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Red Velvet
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Violet Pansy
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Olive Green
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Buttercup
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Autumn Leaves
Foam paintbrush
1.5” wood disk; 1 per napkin ring
Wood letter; 1 per napkin ring
1/2” wood beads;9 per napkin ring
CS11301 – Mod Podge ® Matte
Scrapbook papers in fall colors
Elastic cord
Hot glue and glue gun
Small silk leaves

1. Paint the wood disks, wood letters and the wood beads with the color of your choice using the selected colors. Use two coats and allow to dry.

2. Cut a circle of paper to fit the wood disk. Working with the circle of paper, coat both sides with Mod Podge, position on the wood disk and topcoat with more Mod Podge. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles. Smooth your brush strokes. Continue until all the disks are papered.

3. Thread nine beads onto the elastic cord and tie in a double knot. Trim the ends.

4. Hot glue a silk leaf over the two beads next to the knot. Hot glue a letter in the center of the wood disk and glue the disk to the leaf.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Place-card Holders

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Place-card Holders

These little cuties will look perfect propped up on your table. Customize them with your guests names or with sentimental words of thanks.

This project was designed for Plaid! If you like this idea then you should pop over to my page at Plaid to see lots more ideas and craft projects!

FolkArt ® Shiny™ Acrylic Paint – Pure Orange
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Orange
FolkArt ® Artists Pigments™ – Pure Black
Mod Podge ® Gloss
Mini pumpkins – 1 for each guest
Detail paintbrush
Printed guest names
Foam paintbrush

1. Paint the mini pumpkins with Orange paint. Top coat with two or three layers of Orange Extreme Glitter. Once dry paint the stem with Pure Black paint.

2. Coat both sides of the printed guests names with Mod Podge, position onto the pumpkin and top coat with more Mod Podge. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles. Smooth your brush strokes. Allow to dry.