Have you ever walked out the door to find your spouse on a sudden and manic clean-out-the-garage mission? The kind of serious business where the garage belongings are now sitting pretty on the driveway, your secret stashes and clutter exposed for the entire neighborhood to enjoy? As he emerges from the swirls of garage dust from his determined sweeping, I’m greeted with a no-messing-around “Why are we holding onto this thing?”
One such garage clean-out finds was a decorative metal plate charger. An inherited belonging to a late aunt. It’s always hard to get rid of items that belonged to a beloved family member, which is why this plate charger was buried in a pile of I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-this-but- I-can’t-get-rid-of-it assorted items.
With this plate charger now thrust in my hands, I set about giving this garage “trash” a treasured new life…
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DIY holiday chalkboard plate charger sign
As my crafty luck would have it, I was participating in a Trash to Treasure Holiday Decor challenge (check it out at the end of this post) and this dusty plate charger was going to be my muse.
Ironically, this is the second “treasure” from this beloved aunt that I have repurposed. Learn how I turned an old, scratched up brownie pan into a wall frame.
– Decorative metal plate charger (here’s something similar to what I used)
– Chalkboard paint + brush (did you know there’s chalkboard spray paint?)
– Piece of kids chalk (or check out these very cool chalk pens)
– Holiday-inspired fabric scraps (or use fabric fat quarters)
– Craft scissors + straight pins (here’s a great basic sewing supplies kit for travel)
– Black sewing thread
– Sewing machine (Don’t have a machine? Here’s a basic machine to get you started)
– Hot glue gun (you need one of these in your crafting arsenal)
– Optional: Wall hook + heavy duty glue (I really like to use this brand of glue)
Give the plate (several) coats of chalkboard paint. Let dry in between layers.
While the paint dries, create a basic flower petal template. Double up the fabric, pin the template to the fabric and cut. Essentially, you should have 10 individual flower petals, or FIVE pairs.
If desired, sew the petals together. I used black thread to an eye-popping contrast against the fabric. I sewed two very casual outlines of each individual petal. Repeat this for the individual petals.
Don’t want to mess around with the sewing machine? Use fabric glue or the hot glue gun instead.
Arrange the five petals to form a flower shape. Use the hot glue gun to secure the petals together.
To form the middle of the flower, follow this easy DIY rolled fabric flower tutorial.
Arrange and glue the fabric flowers to the holiday chalkboard plate charger.
Add a festive “Merry Welcome” message to the middle of the plate. Hang with a ribbon (by gluing a wall hook to the back of the plate charger) or display on an easel.