I am obsessed with Iron Orchid Designs and all of their products. Look at these amazing leaf chargers I made for my fall table settings.
I am so excited because my fall table settings are going to look so amazing! Aren’t these new chargers fun? I can’t wait to share with you how easy they are to make.
I kind of can’t believe I made these! I love how my chargers look with my favorite Spode Delamere plates.
Now that fall is here (well, almost!), I know I will be featuring a lot of tablescapes here on my blog. Did you know I always have a running list of items I want to make myself for times like this?
One of the items on my list is chargers. I have a lot of basic (aka boring) chargers and some copper ones that you have seen on my blog a gazillion times. But I have been trying to come up with a design for a charger I can make myself.
As soon as I saw the products from Iron Orchid Designs, I knew exactly what I could do!
For this project, I used the Iron Orchid Designs decor moulds and made leaves to embellish a very basic plain charger.
All I did was make the leaves with clay, glue them on, let them dry, paint them, and seal them.
They were so easy to make and I honestly think everyone can make these!
Here is the Before and After.
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Iron Orchid Designs
Let me tell you about Iron Orchid Designs. You all know how much I love to craft and I am always looking for new ideas that look amazing and are not hard to do. Iron Orchid Designs has the most incredible products for crafts and DIYs.
Their designs are so creative, they are a company of wonderful people, and their products will easily help you to discover amazing new DIYs and crafts.
If you go to the IOD website you will find “DIY tools and tutorials to inspire your creative soul”. They have decor moulds, decor stamps, and decor transfers to make fabulous items for your home. Today I will share how I made these chargers for my fall table!
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How to Make Fall Table Leaf Chargers
Step By Step Instructions
- one – Here is what you need to make these fall table chargers. The Iron Orchid Designs Fleur-de-lis decor moulds. Two blocks of air dry clay, Titebond Quick and Thick glue, four chargers (I used these), cream acrylic paint, copper metallic acrylic paint, paint brush, clear Polycrylic sealer, IOD silicone blade.
- two – This is the IOD Fleur-de-lis mould I used. I used the three leaf patterns.
- three – Roll some of the clay in your hand to soften. Place a generous amount into the leaf mold. Flatten the clay into the mould.
- four – Using the IOD blade, flatten and scrape the clay until it is flat (as seen in the two molds at the top).
- five – Remove the clay and lay out your design on the charger. I did a few designs before I found one that worked out evenly on the charger. Feel free to copy mine as it is a repetitive design and it fits on the charger perfectly.
- six – While the clay is still wet, glue it (with the Titebond) to the outside rim of the charger.
- seven – Glue all of the moulds on the charger. Let dry overnight.
- eight – When completely dry, paint the charger with cream acrylic paint.
- nine – This is how the painted charger looks. I painted one coat, let it dry, and then painted a second coat with the cream paint.
- ten – I wanted to add a copper wash to give the leaves some depth. You can use any color you want, such as brown or grey. Add some water (about one teaspoon) to a generous amount of the paint. (You want the paint to be a wash and not a thick coat.) Apply with a wet brush and then gently wipe away with a towel. Don’t worry if some of the paint comes off as you will fix that in the next step.
- eleven – Here is the difference between the charger painted white and after the wash is added.
- twelve – I went back and added a dab of the white paint here and there (very lightly) after the wash was dry to fill in some areas where I rubbed too hard and to lighten up the leaves. This is how it looked when I was done. Next, I sealed the paint with a matte Polycrylic sealer.
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I have to be honest. I only made a few of these chargers for this blog post. But I love them so much I am going to make a set of eight. Or maybe twelve.
Just so you know, Iron Orchid Designs has a lot of different moulds so you can make a lot more things. The possibilities are endless as there are so many things you can make with the Fleur-de-lis moulds.
And I can promise you there are a lot more wonderful items I will be making with IOD products in the coming months.
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The DIY Mommy
This beautiful Fall centerpiece not only looks lovely, but it takes less than 15 minutes to make! Use a dough bowl, some faux fall leaves, pumpkins, and moss to create this seasonal table centerpiece to decorate your home for autumn.
Happy Happy Nester
Make sure to check out How to Make a Bay Leaf Wreath. This helpful tutorial has great tips on how to make the BEST bay laurel wreath.
Looking for easy fall project ideas? Here are seven creative leaf project ideas you can make in less than an hour to get your home ready for fall.
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