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Amazing Recycle DIY Project: Packing Material Plate Chargers

Looking for inexpensive ways to decorate for fall? You’ll be amazed at this DIY table decor that I made for Free! Believe it or not, I used packing material to make DIY Plate Chargers for a fall tablescape.

Packing Material used to make DIY plate chargers
Packing Material Used For DIY Plate Chargers

I just couldn’t throw this bronze-colored packing material away. There had to be a use for it. To be honest, I originally thought about making a wreath. However, I decided to make DIY Plate Charger’s using the packing material. Here is an easy tutorial showing step-by-step instructions to create your own Free DIY Table Decor.

How Do You Make Free DIY Table Decor?

Y’all know I’m all about free decor, and these DIY Plate Chargers turned out so darn cute. It’s hard to believe they were free. If you like cheap and free decor, be sure to see Free Fall Decorating With Nature Ideas.

For this project, all you need is some lightweight wire and packing materials.

I guess you could argue that the packing material wasn’t free because I had to purchase something to get it. LOL

How Do You Make DIY Plate Chargers From Recycled Packing Material?

The first thing I did was spread all the packing material out and cut it into approx. 4″ wide strips.

In addition, I cut four pieces of lightweight wire 8″ long. You can use floral wire or any flexible wire for this step.

Packing Material and light weight wire.

Make a Circle

Next, thread the wire through the open weave of the packing material, in and out, until the material is all on the wire. Then secure the wire by twisting the ends together and shape the wire into a circle.

Packing Material Cut and strung together on wire to make a circle to make DIY Table Decor for Farmhouse Style

Test the Plate Charger

I suggest testing to be sure the plate charger is the right size and shape.

Begin by placing a plate on the packing paper circle and adjusting the dimensions if needed. If you feel the charger is larger than you need, just trim the paper with scissors if necessary.

Packing Material DIY Plate Charger with Blue Pottery Dinner Plate for farmhouse table setting and Cottage style.

Build Table Setting using DIY Plate Charger

I love to build each place setting by adding several layers with a variety of dishes.

The DIY Plate Charger is layered with a blue pottery dinner plate and a fall pumpkin salad plate.

DIY Plate Charger's for DIY Table Decor and Farmhouse style Fall Table Setting with pumpkin salad plate Cottage Style
If you enjoy Free DIY Projects, you should check out this FREE Project.

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For this Fall Table, I used vintage pottery dishes as the bottom plate. The blue plate has flecks of brown which are almost the same bronze color as the Trash to Treasure DIY Table Decor. In addition, the fall pumpkin plates have a little shimmer of bronze in the leaves and are a perfect match to the packing material.

Fall Tablescape with DIY Plate Charger's made from packing materials for DIY Table  Decor for the Home.

Fall DIY Table Decor

The Plate Chargers are the perfect addition to this fall tablescape table decor. In addition, the packing paper color is enhanced by the fall decor.

Farmhouse Porch Fall Tablescape with DIY Table Decor packing material plate chargers.  Trash to Treasure tutorial
Notice the baskets shown here. These are all thrift store finds, and you can learn my thrift store tips here.

The pumpkin napkin rings and leaf napkins continue the bronze color theme throughout the tablescape. You might also enjoy another DIY plate charger made from Twigs.

I used several pieces to pull this fall tablescape together, and they include a Long galvanized tray, pumpkin salad plates, faux berry garland, and faux pumpkins, as well as the DIY Plate chargers

Farmhouse Table Setting with DIY Packing Material Plate Charger's and pumpkin centerpiece. Trash to Treasure Decor

In conclusion, never overlook an opportunity to recycle or up-cycle in a new and interesting way.

Be creative and think outside the box when planning to decorate your home. Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive to look great.

I’ve had so much fun letting friends guess what the plate chargers are made of, and very few know the answer. Actually, only those who follow my blog. LOL

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DIY Plate Charger's made from recycled packing materials for Free DIY Table Decor

Free DIY Table Decor for Farmhouse Style
Trash to Treasure Craft Project. 
 Make these free diy plate charger's out of packing material.  Easy and free tutorial for free table decor.  Perfect for a fall tablescape.  Recycle, up-cycle, eco-friendly use of packing paper.


Wednesday 23rd of August 2023



Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

Sherri, Thank you so much.


Saturday 6th of August 2022

Such a creative idea, my friend. Hugs and blessings to you.


Monday 8th of August 2022

Renae, I'm so glad you like this.

Andrea Hundley

Friday 5th of August 2022

So cute. I would never have thought about that but I love it


Monday 8th of August 2022

Andrea, I'm glad you like this.

Wendy McMonigle

Friday 5th of August 2022

This is so amazing, you are so creative my friend. I am sharing on my blog tomorrow :)))


Monday 8th of August 2022

Wendy, I appreciate this so much.


Friday 5th of August 2022

Your chargers look super cute and fun!


Monday 8th of August 2022

Angie, Thanks! I'm so glad you like them.