DIY Elegant Wedding Charger

By Prev Info - January 20, 2023

Decorate a head wedding table with fancy beaded plates.

The wedding decor helps to create the theme and ambiance for the big event. However, as most brides are aware, wedding decorations can be costly and require a great deal of planning and organization. You can have a beautiful wedding, without blowing your budget, by creating some of the wedding decor yourself. Do-it-yourself wedding chargers are one example. Make these beaded wedding chargers to place under the dinner plates at the head table at your reception.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic charger plates
  • Spray paint
  • Clear flat or round decorative stones
  • Faux pearls
  • Instructions


1 - The plain plastic charger plates need to be large enough for the dinnerware to fit on them. When the charger is placed beneath the largest main course dinner plate, at least 2 to 3 inches around the entire circumference of the charger should be visible.

2 - Spray-paint the charger plate with gold or silver-tone spray paint. Apply one coat of paint first and let dry. If needed, apply a second coat of paint to get the desired color. Repeat with all the charger plates and lay them in an airy place to dry completely.

3 - Arrange flat stones and faux pearls on the rim of a charger plate in alternating lines or use both stones and pearls alternating in each line. You can form one to three decorative linear designs on the charger as desired. 

4 - Glue the stones and faux pearls onto the charger using a glue gun.

5 - Repeat Steps 2 through 4 for each additional charger plate.

Tips & Warnings

Use varying spray paint and bead colors to match or complement your wedding decor.

Charger plates are usually only required for the head reception table, but they can also be used to decorate serving tables and all guest tables if you desire.

You may wish to make charger plates for all your guests and write the couple's name and wedding date in the center, to make creative wedding favors.

Wear gloves, safety goggles and a mask when using spray paint. Ensure that you are in a well-ventilated area when using spray paint or glue.

Ensure that the stones and faux pearls are securely attached to the charger plates to prevent stones and beads from falling off and becoming choking hazards for small children.

Wedding Table Charger Plate Ideas and Wedding Plate Charger Instructions

If you are looking for unusual wedding reception table decorations, consider creating charger plates. A plate charger is a decorative plate that goes underneath the dinner plate, almost like a small, circular placemat. The charger plate stays on the table through the whole meal, the plates for each course are put on the decorative charger.

Creating these yourself is a very affordable way to dress up the table without spending much money. Purchasing actual plates for this purpose is not in the budget of most people, so "do-it-yourself" versions are a smart choice.

If you do not have the time to create plate chargers for each guest, consider creating them for under the centerpiece of the table only, under buffet items, under a guest book table, cocktail tables or under a program table.

Plate chargers using leaves are great for a natural and soft look to a wedding table. As a variation of the above project, consider using green leaves in spring or summer, or spray paint leaves silver in winter. Silk flowers and silk leaves can also be used for the charger plates and will last even longer and open up color options. 

This charger plate project created with cardboard and flat glass marbles are beautiful for winter weddings. The sparkly, iridescent, flat glass marbles look like drops of ice and reflect all the surrounding colors.

Once you start thinking about plate chargers and your individual wedding theme, you'll come up with a number of great ideas!

Here are even more ideas:

- Bunched-up ribbon (as in photo above)

- Shells for a beach wedding theme

- Pine cones (spray paint them silver or gold too!)

- Candy canes for a Christmas Wedding

- Assorted hard candy in clear wrappers

- Smooth pepples, stones or rocks

- Sticks, branches, twigs

- Silk flowers and/or leaves

- Tiny toys, sequins, rhinestones and on and on!

Have fun creating your wedding plate chargers! 



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