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How to Dress-up a Charger with Wood Beads

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Do you have a decorative plate or charger that needs a little update? Today, learn how to dress-up a charger with wood beads.

charger with wood beads and velvet pumpkin moss and wood acorns


Have you ever seen something at the store and thought, “That would be perfect, if….”?

Yeah, me, too!

On a recent trip to Hobby Lobby, I found a lovely large dinner plate that had the look of wood. It was so pretty, but I didn’t have a use for it.

Until I found out the August Pinterest Challenge was a fall cloche. For the challenge, I had the bell jar, but I was missing a foundation piece for it…

Come to me, oh pretty ‘wood’ plate’!

However, when I got the plate home and placed the cloche on top of it, it just fell ‘flat’. Ya know what I mean? It needed a little sumpin’-sumpin’.

So, I decided to give the wood charger a quick and easy update. And, y’all know how I love wood beads.

There’s the coastal farmhouse wood bead garland, the wood bead garland with stars, and even the velvet heart garland with wood beads. And, I’m thinkin’ I may be missin’ one or two here.

(And get this… I have at least one more fall decor item with wood beads coming to a blog near you… and me!)

Now, let’s learn how to dress-up a charger with wood beads.

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Quickly Update a Charger With Wood Beads

What You’ll Need

This wood charger update is so easy and only takes a few items to create it:

materials needed to add wood beads to a plate glue gun and ball jar

Steps to Updating a Plate with Wood Beads

charger with wood beads tutorial steps

Center the bell jar on the plate and then place the beads around it to see home many you’ll need to stain. Add about 5 extra, just in case (Photos 1 and 2).

Stain your wood beads with Varathane Quick Drying Stain in Weathered Gray. You can place the bead on a stick and wipe the stain on it with a cloth, or simple drop the bead in a stain-soaked cloth and roll the bead around in the cloth. Let the beads dry for 1-2 hours on waxed paper (see photos 3, 4, 5)

charger with woo beads tutorial steps

Place the stained beads around the edge again, and then place glue on a bead and place on plate… hold until glue sets. For best results, be sure to place the beads just a smidge away from the cloche glass (Photo 6, 7, 8). Also, be sure to hide the bead holes! πŸ˜‰

Place two beads in four places, each set a quarter of the way around the cloche glass. This will hold the glass in place (Photo 9). “Pro” tip: leave the other beads in place while you do this… this way you will not have gaps. Finish off the plate by glueing down the rest of the beads (Photo 9).

And that’s it!

The Finished Product

It’s so interesting… the pictures above show the truer color of the beads… they are quite gray and match the plate well, which is what I was going for.

But, as you can see, the finished wood bead charger a in my cloche photos looks like the beads are more on the blue side.

charger with wood beads and fall elements under a cloche on wood surface

Whatever the case, I really like the result of adding some wood beads to the faux wood plate.

neutral fall cloche acorns on moss with wooden beads
velvet pumpkin with natural stem on bed of moss

This cloche needed that plate, and the wood beads added so much to the charger, don’t you think?

And, don’t you LOVE those wood acorns?

Let me know if you have any questions, and if you plan on dressing-up a decor item with wood beads!

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  1. Love this project, Julie. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it! There are so many crafting possibilities with wood beads. They really jazzed up your charger! Pinned πŸ™‚

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