Did you see my summer beach tablescape from the blog hop last week? I really had this vision in my head of what I wanted my table to look like. I really wanted neutrals, but also pops of white. At first I thought I might just find some white chargers or paint some that I had, but after trying my dishes on them I knew I wanted to adorn them with seashells. I will show you how to make seashell chargers.
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I have quite a few of these standard plastic chargers in silver and gold, but many of them have been scratched. I selected the ones that were in the worst shape and began to paint them.
Make sure that you lay out all of your shells before you begin gluing them down so that you are sure you have the right shells and right sizes of shells that will fit all the way around your charger. I had to do a little switching them out to make sure they would fit without any gaps by the time I got all the way around the plate. In the above photo the shells are all just laying on the charger, none had been attached yet.
You can see the detail of how I glued the shells in this close up pictures. I didn’t worry about the glue ‘webs’ until I had completed a charger, then after using my fingers, I used a dry toothbrush to catch all of the rest of the little webs.
Once you know the shells will fit and fill the edge of your chargers, you start gluing! Watch your fingers, you know that glue is hot!
I used two different kinds of shells to make different chargers. I used the white ones in a double row, I think they are cut ribbed arc shells. I used the brown and white ones that I think are alphabet cones. You do need to keep trying your plates on the chargers as you begin to glue down your shells, as a large dinner plate may bump the shells. Another solution is to use a salad plate that will support your dinner plate a little higher so it will clear the shells. I used that technique with a salad that supported the dinner plate without it moving around. This is the salad plate that I used beneath my dinner plates to raise the plate up just enough that they did not bump the shells.
I think these were a perfect addition to my Summer Beach Tablescape! I am sure I will use these again in the future…maybe when I head to the beach for a real tablescape on an actual beach! While you have the shells and the glue gun out, why not DIY these Coastal Napkin Rings?
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