Are you looking for a fun DIY element to add to your South Dakota wedding?! Chargers are a great way to add a pop of color, texture, or character to your tablescape, and they are so easy to make! Grab a few girlfriends, share a bottle or two of your favorite wine, and declare a charger-making CRAFTernoon! I used burlap for our chargers, but you should choose any fabric that best fits your theme or color scheme. For this project you’ll need:
- Poster-sized foam boards ($1 each at Dollar Tree or any other dollar store)
- Fabric of your choice (Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabrics, etc)
- Hot glue gun & extra glue sticks
- Rotary cutter & cutting mat (optional) (Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Joann Fabrics, etc)
1. First, take into account the size of your plates when determining the size of your chargers. We have 12” plates and decided to make our chargers a 13” square. I’ll use the 13” size reference in this tutorial, but remember, you can use any size you want. Next, cut your 13” squares from the foam boards. We were able to get two squares from each board. I found it easiest to use a rotary cutter and cutting mat to cut through the boards, but if you don’t have one on hand, a scissors works, too.
2. Now, you’ll need to cut your fabric. Your fabric square needs to be 1 square inch larger than your board. So, we needed to cut 14” squares from the burlap. For ease of cutting (and to save a little time) I recommend using a rotary cutter and cutting mat, but again, a sharp scissors would work here, as well.
3. Once your fabric squares are all cut, you’ll need to cut a 1” square from each corner. This prevents extra bulk when you fold over and glue!
4. All the cutting is done! Now, lay your fabric face down on a flat workspace and place a foam square on top, making sure the corners align with the inside corners of the 1” square you cut from the fabric corners.
5 – 7. Doing one side at a time and working fairly quickly, hot glue a rough zigzag line from side to side and pull your fabric tight across the glued area. Do the opposite side next and follow the same steps. Once you’ve glued all four sides, flip over, trim any stray pieces of fabric, and admire your work!
We’d love to hear about the chargers you make for your South Dakota wedding! Send us a picture, too. Good luck and happy crafting!
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