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Colorful Leaves Plate Charger - Fall Wedding Idea

For a cheap and easy fall wedding idea, create a leaf plate charger to dress up your wedding reception tables. A plate charger goes underneath the dinner plates, sort of like a small, round placemat. This dresses up the place setting and adds a colorful flair to your reception tables.

If you are having a very large fall wedding or if you have come across this fall wedding idea too late in your planning, consider creating fall leaf charger plates for under your centerpieces only, buffet table items, under a guest book or on cocktail tables.

leaf plate charger


Materials for Fall Wedding Idea Plate Chargers
  • Collect colorful leaves
  • Cardboard or heavy cardstock
  • Fabric or paint if you are using cardboard
  • Hot glue gun

Using the plates you'll use as a guide, trace your plate on the cardboard (or cardstock) and cut out the circle. The beauty of heavy colored cardstock is that you don't have to then cover it with paint or fabric.

trace plate charger


With a hot glue gun (this really works the best, using normal glue takes much longer because you'll need to hold the leaves in place for them to stick) glue on the leaves on the back side of the cardboard. Glue them on so the stems will be on the bottom of the plate charger, touching the table.

glue plate charger leaves


Once you've glued on all the leaves, flip the plate charger over to the right side. For those of you using cardstock, you are done already!

cardboard plate charger


If you are using cardboard, you'll need to now paint the cardboard or cover it with a same size circle of fabric. In our pictured example, we used black polyester fabric. Felt is also a nice choice because it doesn't fray when you cut it. Use a normal tacky glue, elmer's glue or craft glue to add fabric, not the hot glue gun. Hot glue will seep through your fabric creating a sticky mess. Instead of fabric you can also cut out a circle of colored construction paper.

plate charger fabric


finished leaf plate charger


Let dry completely before using and have fun creating your fall wedding idea plate chargers!

For more plate charger ideas, go to the Wedding Plate Charger Instructions main page.


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