Autumn in The Blue Ridge is absolutely beautiful.
I am very fortunate to live in an area of this country where we have four distinct Seasons.
These gorgeous Autumn leaves provide an endless, albeit fleeting supply of Lovely and Free for our seasonal decorating. I love bringing the outside in,
Especially in the Fall !
Which brings me to my second Dollar Store charger project.
Here’s what I started with on this one:
$1 gold charger
$1 Target Dollarspot roll of gift wrap
$1.69 bottle of glue from Walmart
As a side note, I can NOT lay off of these $1 rolls of cute gift wrap.
I need a Support Group!
First things first, I unrolled the gift wrap and traced the shape of the charger on the back side of the paper,
And cut out my circle with a pair of kitchen shears because I did not want to take the time to find any real scissors.
I am a Hardhead.
Next, I mixed up the white glue with water to make what amounts to homemade Modpodge. The recipe I found online was a 50/50 mix but I used 2 parts glue mixed with 1 part hot-ish tap water and it worked like a charm.
I did not stir it, I just swirled it around in a disposable cup. When it was the consistency I wanted I used an old paintbrush and generously applied the homemade Modpodge to the center of the charger and smoothed the center of my gift wrap circle down carefully with my fingertips.
Be careful not to tear that paper as it becomes saturated with the glue mix. I walked away from this project for a few minutes to allow the center to set before I started in on the rim of the charger .
The rim was tricky.
The beaded edge made it a lot harder to smoothe the paper down but I just took my time with it.
When I was happy with the edges, taking care to get as many creases and bubbles out as possible, I applied two coats of my glue mixture over the entire surface (and edge) of the charger to seal it for use. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next.
The homemade Modpodge does protect the charger. I took a damp paper towel and gently wiped the rim and it held up just fine. They are not ment for food nor are they food safe however:(
Once again the possibilities are endless here. I’m really itching to try this with Christmas paper!!!
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