How to Make Seashell Chargers
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Seashell chargers would really make my beach themed tablescape pop. Unable to find the chargers I wanted, I made them!
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.
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.
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. 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. 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 used these again with this recent beach themed tablescape.
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!