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Happy Holidays: DIY Holiday Chargers

Hi, I’m Emily from 52 Mantels and I am SO excited to share this tutorial for DIY holiday chargers (made from cardboard cake circles!). These are such an inexpensive way to add a little interest to your festive holiday tables. And, who doesn’t love a festive table?!

I bought a package of 6 14-inch cake circles for a couple bucks at my local craft store (don’t forget to bring a coupon!) and then used supplies I already had. Which means I got a set of pretty chargers for less than a gingerbread latte. How awesome is that?! :)

DIY Holiday Chargers

  • package of 14-inch cake circles
  • black paint and roller (I used chalkboard paint, because it’s what I had!)
  • festive fabric scraps
  • alphabet stencils
  • decoupage glue in matte finish
  • decoupage glue in glitter finish
  • paint brush


  • Paint the backside of your cake circles with black paint. Let dry completely.
  • Gather fabric scraps and cut into squares.
  • Decide on holiday words and gather the appropriate alphabet stencils (I used the words: JOY, HOPE, LOVE & PEACE)
  • Trace each letter onto the backside of fabric squares- one letter per square. Be sure to flip letter backwards so that it’s facing the correct position when you flip your fabric!
  • To attach the letters to the black chargers, apply a thin layer of matte decoupage glue to the top of your charger. Arrange your letters appropriately.
  • Paint over the entire charger with the matte decoupage glue.
  • Let the glue dry to the touch.
  • Go over the charger again with your glitter decoupage glue.
  • Let the glue dry completely before using. When these are completely dried and cured, you should be able to use a very damp cloth to wipe off any food spills.


Of course, the glitter decoupage is totally optional, but I think it adds a nice, shimmery touch! I can’t wait to see how the candle light catches it on Christmas night. It’ll be so pretty, don’t you think?


I like these so much, I’m thinking about making something similar for Thanksgiving. Or, maybe just for all-year use. The possibilities are endless!

Come visit me sometime at 52 Mantels. I’d love to see you there!

52 Mantels is a blog about all things home including occasional mantel makeovers, easy DIY projectsseasonal crafts and simple recipes! I’m blessed to be the stay-at-home mother to one adorable little girl and the lucky wife to an ever-supportive hubby (who puts up with my endless projects!).




Thanks Emily! What a great and inexpensive way to make your holiday table look more festive! Check out 52 Mantels for tons of other great ideas too!

Here are a few of my favorite projects of hers:

colorblock necklace with duct tape 52mantels.com

This Colorblock Jewelry she made is a great way to add color to an outfit!! And, she made it out of duct tape! How awesome is that? This could be a fun gift idea for your teen/tweens’ friends!


This Anthropologie Inspired Paper Christmas Tree is so creative and simple!


I also love her plate wall! The colors are fantastic!

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  1. Hola! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Atascocita Tx!
    Just wanted to tell you keep up the great job!
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  2. Um, you’re calling painted cardboard a charger? Dude, how *very* budget.

  3. Cute idea! What are the gold scalloped items under your chargers? Would use those as placemat chargers at our next soirée! Thank you!

  4. These are so cute! I especially like the thought that you could paint and decorate the other side differently and have 2 holiday chargers in one! :)
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  5. So pretty Emily!

  6. I just found my next project. That would be the best for Thanksgiving!
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  7. What a fun idea! I love those napkins with the reindeer. Is the reindeer apart of the napkin or just sitting on top? Either way, love that idea!
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  8. Es genial!! Gracias
    Confeti en los bolsillos

  9. Such a great idea Emily. Thanks for sharing it!!


  10. erin @ house envy says:

    Emily, your chargers are such a great idea! I love that you can customize them with whatever decorations fit your decor for the season. Well done!