How to Make Charger Plates

Updated April 17, 2017

Add flare to your table setting with charger plates. Charger plates are placed under the dinner plate and each course of the meal is placed on top of them. They are purely for decorative purposes and do not have to be actual food-grade plates. Charger plates can be matched to your home decor as well as the decor at an event like a wedding. To save money and add a creative flare to your table setting, you can make your own charger plates.

Paint the wooden charger plate a coordinating colour. Several coats may be needed to cover the wood properly. The addition of decorative painting can be added if preferred. Sections can be taped off to create additional decoration while painting.

Add decorative items to the edges of the plate. The dinner plate will be placed on top of the charger, so only the edges should be decorated. When using glass stones, glue them around the outer edge of the plate so they will be seen by the guests. Silk flowers and foliage can be glued to the underside of the edge of the plate to give the effect that the charger is sitting on a bed of greens or flowers. Bobbles can be added by drilling holes in the edge of the wood charger and hooking them on using a large jump ring. Chargers with bobbles make ideal party favours.

Set your table using the charger plates as the base of the decor over the top of your place mat. Place the dinner plate, salad plate and soup bowl on top of the charger. Finish with dessert plate to the side, flatware and glasses.


Custom charger plates can also be made out of cardboard circles that are painted and decorated.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood blank charger plate
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Decorative items (silk flowers, ribbon, beads, bobbles and glass stones)
  • Glue
  • Drill
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