DIY Monogram Burlap Plate
A simple (this word is key) spring or Mother’s Day craft, this DIY monogram plate is perfect when you are looking for a budget savvy project that does not look budget. Burlap is IN right now and these would be super cute for a wedding, house warming gifts and more. This one is monogrammed, but you could use your imagination.
This is a great project for the craftily challenged person (is that a word?)! Challenged is an understatement… I TOTALLY SUCK at crafts (excuse the language, but there really is no other appropriate word).
Before I even headed to the craft store for supplies I needed to find out what the heck a “charger plate” was. I honestly was thinking “do we plug this thing in… does it light up??” AND in my defense the people at the craft store had no idea what I was talking about either. Finally I said ” those big plates people put under candles” and we walked to them and I said AHA… look at the sign – which all said Charger plates – LOL!
Charger plates or service plates are larger decorative plates used to dress up dinner tables at parties, weddings, and other special events. ~ thanks Wikipedia
Michael’s and AC Moore did not have any burlap ones, so I picked up a black and silver because I had an AHA moment in the craft store – ME, the totally non-crafty one had an idea which I will be back with.
Since I really wanted the burlap, I was told that Hobby Lobby had them. Now I had never been to a Hobby Lobby and had no idea there were any near me. It was a 30 minute drive, but OH MY GOODNESS!!! LOVE THAT STORE… and there was a 40% off coupon!
So here are the EASY PEASY instructions… though you will need to use a glue gun. I know that can be a challenge, so be careful and do not burn yourself. Even better, you can probably get away under $5 depending on what letters you choose.
Burlap charger plate (Hobby Lobby)
Wood letter of your choice
Paint (spray or roll on)
Hot glue, glue gun
All of these items can be found at your local craft store.
1. Begin by removing all stickers from your wood letter.
2. Apply two coats of paint (color and finish is up to you) allowing each coat to dry thoroughly. I lucked in out finding black letters and another plaster letter in a bronzish color so I did not have to paint. Which believe me is a good thing – LOL! BUT you can use any color to match your decor.
3. Once the letter is completely dry, apply a generous amount of glue to the back of your letter. Keep the glue close to the center of the letter as you don’t want it to seep over the sides.
4. Press the letter to the center of the plate, holding it in place until it is secure. I even placed a heavy book on it to be sure. If you are OCD like me you might want to use a pencil and a tape measure BEFORE you glue to locate the exact center of the plate.
Your monogram plate is now ready to be displayed. Of course you could choose to decorate it more and go nuts with the glue gun, but it looks fabulously simply as it is. As you can see, the style of your letter can change the entire look of it.
Now you can prop it on a plate stand, use a wire holder, or prop it on a shelf as is.
What are your favorite SIMPLE crafts?