DIY Interchangeable Holiday Charger Plates

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I’ve been working on an idea for interchangeable holiday charger plates. My mom used to do a lot of tole painting when I was younger. That’s painting on wood, if you aren’t familiar. She doesn’t anymore, but a good portion of her holiday decorations are homemade. She has one that stays out all year. It’s a bear that hangs on the wall, and he changes his clothes for the holidays and different seasons. That’s my inspiration. A plate that changes clothes. This is not necessarily related, but my neighbor does this with pallets. Where does she put them?! I honestly don’t know, but luckily charger plates are much easier to store.

How to Make Interchangeable Holiday Charger Plates

What You Need

Interchangeable holiday charger plates

Charger Plates (As many as you want for your table, or just one for decor)
Fabric Quarters
Stapler
Scissors
A pen or marker
Clear Velcro dots
Fabric glue

For my charger plates, I went gold, but obviously you can pick whatever you want.  As for the fabric, you can order giant bundles on Amazon, but I just went to JoAnn when they had a sale and found ones that seemed in season.

What to Do

I would love to tell you this is quick and you’ll be done in ten minutes, but you probably won’t unless you’re only doing one interchangeable holiday charger plate. It’s not difficult, but I had to do this while my son ran around with my fabric on his head. Plus I had to take pictures for you lovely folks.  Then I had a call with a client.You see? I really am always in a frenzy. Anyway…

Step 1

Choose some shapes for each holiday. I did four: a pumpkin for Halloween, a leaf for Thanksgiving, a tree for Christmas, and a heart for Valentine’s Day. You can find some images on your computer or pick up die-cuts or something. I free-handed them though, because, you know, time. To make sure they’re all similar sizes, draw them on the cardboard in the center of the fat quarters.

Step 2

Cut out your cardboard shapes. Your fabric is going to come in little squares, and if you unfold it you should be able to see if your drawings will fit on the squares or not (All my pictures are below so you can see what I mean). If they do, you can cut off a strip and fold it up into fours. If they don’t, you’ll want to cut the fabric into four different squares and staple them together. Then you’re going to staple your shape onto the fabric and cut around it. It will give you four shapes at once. It’s really easy, I swear, but if you’re uncomfortable with that, just use the cardboard as a stencil and trace the image onto the fabric. Then you can cut them individually. Do this for each shape. You do need them all done before you go to the Velcro.

Step 3

Now you have a whole bunch of little shapes, right? From here it’s time to figure out where to put the Velcro. Go ahead and put either the hook or loop (the sharp or the soft if you’re not familiar with the term – I had to look it up) of a Velcro dot in the center of one plate. Then put the opposite side onto the center of one of your shapes. Then do one for each holiday. So, for my four choices, that meant starting with one hook dot on the plate, followed by one loop dot on the tree, then one on the pumpkin, one on the heart, and one on the leaf. Yes, you will be using a lot more of one side of Velcro than another.

Step 4

Right now you technically have interchangeable holiday charger plates, but they’re kind of floppy, right? So you’ll need to add a second Velcro dot, which is why it was important for you to do one of each shape instead of all of one shape. To add the second dot to the plate, pick your skinniest shape (the tree in my case) and find the furthest spot from the center where you could put the dot without making it visible. Then put the dot on there. Don’t let the placement stress you out; they’re pretty moveable in the beginning. Now you’ll want to go through and attach each shape to the center part and see where the dot lines up. Some of the shapes will be upside down from others for best placement, FYI.

Step 5

Put Velcro and each and every fabric shape. Then do the other plates by simply putting the opposite Velcro on one shape and then sticking it to the plate. This is the most time consuming part, but after the first two it’s pretty mindless.  Also, unless you are a really careful Velcro remover, you’ll probably want to use a bit of fabric glue to make sure the Velcro stays on the fabric for a long time. It should stay on the plate without anything else, but if you’re worried use some super glue. Then you’re done! Nice, not really that fancy, interchangeable holiday charger plates.

Basically the Same Instructions, only Visual

 

Interchangeable holiday charger plates
Check that the cardboard in your fabric quarters fits on the plate.
Interchangeable holiday charger plates
Draw yourself some pictures. If you’re me, mess up multiple times.
Interchangeable holiday charger plates
Cut out your shapes. Let your son color the heart blue if he feels like it.
Interchangeable holiday charger plates
If you’re lucky, you can just cut off a sliver and be done. Or you will have to resize them, like in the case of that giant heart and poorly folded red fabric.
Interchangeable holiday charger plates
Staple everywhere! Staple the corners of your four pieces together. Then staple the cutout.
Interchangeable holiday charger plates
Cut around the cutout and you get four shapes.
Interchangeable holiday charger plates
Do the rest of your shapes and get ready to Velcro!
Interchangeable holiday charger plates
Loop Velcro in the middle of the plate, hook Velcro in the middle of the shapes. Or vice versa. Your Velcro, your call.
Interchangeable holiday charger plates
Pick a spot for a second Velcro dot on your skinniest shape.
Interchangeable holiday charger plates
Now take turn attaching the other shapes to the first dot and see where the second dot will fit best.
Interchangeable holiday charger plates
Be aware that some of the shapes will seem upside down from the others, but that’s fine. The plate is round. No one will ever know.
Interchangeable holiday charger plates
Time for the rest of the plates! Grab a shape. Attach the other side of the Velcro to the Velcro already on the fabric, sticky side up.
Interchangeable holiday charger plates
Turn the fabric over, stick the Velcro to the plate. Repeat with all plates. Now all your shapes should fit on all plates. Use fabric glue on the Velcros if they aren’t attaching well.
Interchangeable holiday charger plates
Wah lah! Interchangeable holiday charger plates.

 

All done! Now Display your Interchangeable Holiday Charger Plates.

You can put them out on the table. Regular plates fit on them just fine. The Velcro isn’t thick enough to make it weird. You can also use just one plate and display it in a plate stand. That’s what I’ve been doing; normally I have a wedding plate displayed, but I’ve been mixing it up for the holidays. If you’ve read my work, you know I prefer simple decorations, and even though this could potentially take a little longer than most of my ideas, I like it because you can use it every year multiple times. Let me know in the comments if these instructions aren’t clear – I wrote Velcro too many times and now everything sounds crazy. Anyway, enjoy your holidays!

Interchangeable holiday charger plates

Interchangeable holiday charger plates

DIY interchangeable charger plates are pretty fast and easy, and you don't have to store eight different sets of plates! #holidays #holidaydecorations #chargerplates #christmasdecorations #thanksgivingdecorations #tablesettings #halloweendecorations #valentinesdaydecorations DIY interchangeable charger plates are pretty fast and easy, and you don't have to store eight different sets of plates! #holidays #holidaydecorations #chargerplates #christmasdecorations #thanksgivingdecorations #tablesettings #halloweendecorations #valentinesdaydecorations

 

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31 thoughts on “DIY Interchangeable Holiday Charger Plates

  1. robin rue says:

    Those charger plates came out great. I am not hosting any holidays this year, but I think I might make some just because 🙂

  2. reesa says:

    I recently bought a new dining room and I was thrilled that it had enough room for charger plates now. I like to have a color that I can use them for Christmas and Thanksgiving.

  3. Jeanine says:

    Very creative and also a cute way for table decor without having to spend a lot of money! Can change for each special holiday! Love this idea for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also Easter!

  4. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    This is such a great idea! I love that you can change them up, I’m going to give this a try!!

  5. This is such a smart idea. I’m not big on spending so much money on decor for the holidays. It can get so costly for something you use once a year, but I love the idea of spending a little bit of time to create something you can use at every holiday celebration.

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