How to Make Seashell Chargers

How to Make Seashell Chargers
How To Make Seashell Charger

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How to make Seashell chargers

Seashell chargers would really make my beach themed tablescape pop.  Unable to find the chargers I wanted, I made them!

DIY Shell chargers

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.

DIY Shell chargers

Lay out all of your shells before you begin gluing them down so 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.

DIY Shell Chargers

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.DIY Shell Chargers

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!

DIY Shell chargers

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.

DIY Seashell ChargersYou 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. One 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.  DIY Shell chargersThis 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 used these again with this recent beach themed tablescape.

DIY Seashell Chargers

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?

If you like coastal decor, your might enjoy how I add coastal style to my home for summertime!

Shop This Project:

Chargers – Amazon
Seashells (if you don’t already have them) – Walmart
Glue Gun – Amazon
Hot Glue – Amazon
Spray Paint – Amazon

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    1. Hi Angie! The charger is a large plate that is placed on the placemat or tablecloth. It goes beneath the dinner plate. It is decorative, but it can also help to catch any spills. In two weeks I will be posting a lovely article called 8 basics for setting a beautiful table. There is going to be a lovely part about chargers. I hope you subscribed so you get to see it. Oh, and chargers can look totally different, like my seashell one, you can have glass ones, gold or brass ones, and more!

    1. Thanks Sandra, there are so many things to do with old chargers. I have seen some that have been decoupaged with beautiful fabrics that I think I am going to try next!

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