I’ve been planning my spring decor since I put the last of my Christmas decorations away. When I saw some twig placemat’s at Pier One Imports, I was like “Oh my Gosh!” “They are perfect!!“ “I’ve got to have them!” Then I saw the price! Yikes!!!
Do you ever have sticker shock let down? Well, I certainly did! I couldn’t justify that expense to create my table setting for spring.
Then a light bulb went off!! Do you remember my Top 10 Thrift Store Shopping Tips? The one about “be willing to sit on something until inspiration hits”?? Well, I remembered that I had purchased a set of six tarnished silver plate charger’s for just $.99 a few months ago.
So my idea began to form. First should I paint them? I actually liked the vintage feel of the tarnish! I decided that might work for me. Plus, one less step. Win Win!
Next I went into the woods and gathered some grapevine. We have an abundance growing wild around us. I just clipped some branches and pulled them from the trees. After I got my supply home, I braided the branches until I had several good size pieces that were somewhat under control.
In order to attach the grapevine to the chargers, I used a heavy duty nail and punched holes in the rim of the charger.
I then cut 6 pieces of medium weight wire approximately 10 inches long.
Then I ran the wire from the back side of the charger’s as shown here.
Next I began adding moss to the edges of charger’s by applying a bead of hot glue along the edge and gently pressing the moss into place. Yikes!!! Watch out for those burnt fingers. Also, don’t get ahead of yourself. Work in small sections at a time. Hot glue dries quickly.
After the moss was applied, I began to wrap the grapevine around the top and secured it by twisting the wires around the grapevine.
I then go back and cover any unsightly areas with moss. I continue to fill in with the moss until I’m satisfied with the appearance.
This one was $19.95 and I completed 4 of these for less than $11.00. I’m loving the hint of tarnished silver that you can see peeking through the grapevine. It really gives me that Trash to Treasure feel that I adore.
I’ll be sharing how I use these charger’s in a few weeks when I join some other fabulous ladies for a Spring Tablescape Blog Hop! Can’t wait to show you what I have planned.
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