DIY Coastal Burlap Chargers + Tablescape

DIY Coastal Burlap Chargers + Tablescape

When I started Sand & Sisal back in 2010 my passion was sharing how to transform thrifty finds on budget into beautiful decor accessories that looked straight out of the magazines. Years later I am blessed to be able to purchase those coveted items from the magazines, but the funny thing is though, that doesn’t quelch the desire to create beauty on a budget. If you have followed the blog for any time then you know my love for coastal decor that is easy to make. Today is no different. We’re going to take boring, cheap, beat up, plastic chargers from the thrift store and give them the Sand & Sisal touch… ie: beachy style! Lets make some DIY Coastal Burlap Chargers and also create a beautiful coastal tablescape. (Plus you get the 1st sneak peek at the new kitchen renovation!)

Coastal Burlap Chargers + Tablescape

This week I’ve had the fun opportunity to participate with 20 AMAZING bloggers in a Thrifty Under $50 blog hop, hosted by Beth from Home Stories A to Z, who also happens to be my little sister 😉 ! All week long, 20 top DIY/Home bloggers have been getting back to our roots and have been transforming thrift store finds (under $50) into gorgeous decor pieces that look high end, are achievable to reproduce, and look fabulous in your home. If you are stopping by from my friend, Diane’s site, In My Own Style, then WELCOME!

Thrifty Under $50 hop

Our local thrift stores here in coastal Virginia are pretty awesome. Most are charity affiliated, which makes shopping so much more gratifying. I have always found the best deals at the CHKD Thrift Store (Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughter’s, one of the top children’s hospitals in the US, located here in VA.). Take a look at one of the unbelieveable deals I’ve scored there:

My Dining Room Table & Chairs – $120 (no kidding!)

Christmas Dining Room - silver and gold

This thrift store shopping “spree” landed…

  • a stack of chipped, silver plastic plate chargers
  • a yard of quality burlap cloth
  • and 8 vintage cut crystal wine goblets!

Time to get our creative coastal juices flowing!

Thrift Store Tip: Most thrift store run special discounts for specific days of the week. Wednesday’s here are 25% of furniture, and on Tuesdays you can receive special 25% off discounts via text message. Just ask, and you will receive… discounts that is!

DIY Coastal Burlap Chargers

You will need the following items for this easy coastal craft (Amazon affiliate links included for your shopping convenience):

Now I already own a ton of chargers, in many colors. So why in the world do I need more silver chargers? I don’t, but I can make them into coastal burlap chargers easy-peasy.  They were only 25 cents each. Who could pass that up?

silver chargers

Step 1 ) Prep

Wash and dry each charger before starting. Now, if your chargers are not silver or light colored, then I would suggest that you give them a quick and light spray of white or tan spray paint. The bottom of my chargers are black but many come coated with color also. The burlap will allow a bit of the charger color to show through, so take spray painting into consideration.

Step 2) Cut Burlap

Place charger on top of ironed burlap and cut the burlap with scissors around the charger, allowing a one inch border.

making burlap chargers

Step 3) Decoupage, Apply and Press Burlap

Apply a THICK layer of Mod Podge or Martha Stewart Decoupage Medium in matte finish to the entire top of the charger with a wide, flat paintbrush. Don’t be skimpy, apply a thick layer. Be sure to bring the decoupage medium all the way to the edges.

After applying decoupage, press the circle of burlap onto the charger plate. Use your fingers to make sure all the curves are pressed into the decoupage and air bubbles are smoothes out. Set aside.

Coastal Burlap Plate Charger

Step 4) Decoupage Top Coat

Apply another thick layer of matte decoupage medium over the entire surface of the burlap, paying special attention to the edges. Allow the chargers to dry completely. Feel free to set them outside in the sun if you want. After they are completely dry, trim the excess burlap off with scissors.

DIY Burlap Chargers

Step 5) Adorn & Decorate

Hot glue sea shells or mini sand dollars onto the burlap chargers. Be sure to apply a coat of decoupage over the sand dollars also. This will seal them.

Sand Dollars

Aren’t the DIY Coastal Burlap Chargers beautiful?  I love how they turned out! If you find that you applied too much decoupage to your top layer and your plate is “crispy feeling”, then take a bit of sand paper and lightly sand the burlap to soften.

Coastal Burlap Plate Chargers

Let’s take a look at the whole coastal tablescape!

Coastal Tablescape

My 2nd fab thrift store find was a gorgeous grouping of crystal wine goblets for $1.98 each.

Cut Crystal Wine Glasses

Coastal Tablescape

Vintage wine goblets paired with coral and vintage glass floats… what’s not to love?

glass floats + coral

Coastal Tablescape - Coastal Burlap Chargers

Burlap Chargers + Coastal Tablescape

The decoupage I used is actually dishwasher safe, though won’t be putting them in the dishwasher, but because they are protected, I will be able to wipe any food spills off the DIY coastal burlap chargers easily.

Coastal Burlap Chargers and Tablescape

And here is your sneaky peek of my new kitchen! I’m in love! Look for the full reveal soon!

Coastal Place Setting

Love this idea? Don’t forget to PIT IT! 



I hope you loved my DIY Coastal Burlap Chargers! Don’t miss all of the amazing Thrifty Under $50 makeovers. Next on the blog hop is Julie Blanner! These ladies knocked their projects out of the park. Check all them out below.


Home Stories A to Z
Design Dining Diapers
Finding Silver Pennies
Anderson + Grant


French Country Cottage
Refresh Restyle
Just a Girl
Finding Home Farms


Bless’er House
Beneath My Heart
Love Grows Wild
Ella Claire


Southern Hospitality
Life on Virginia Street
Four Generations One Roof
Nest of Posies
City Farmhouse


In My Own Style
Sand and Sisal
Julie Blanner
Fox Hollow Cottage

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  1. They’re so pretty, Kim! They give the table a soft and subtle touch.

  2. Your table is stunning and those chargers are nothing short of fabulous! Great job!

  3. These are SO cute, and SO you.
    Can’t wait to see the long awaited kitchen reveal!!

  4. You got a fabulous deal on those chargers and turned them into something you’d pay a fortune for at the store. They fit in perfectly with your style. Really pretty tablescape as well with those beautiful goblets!

  5. Nancy cox says:

    I have followed this blog hop all week and looked at every thrifty project. Yours is by far my favorite. I follow about 10 bloggers and now I have a new and exciting blogger to follow.

  6. Be still my coastal heart! LOVE these so much!

  7. Beautiful! Love this idea Kim!

  8. What a genius idea! They look like something from a boutique! And those goblets are Longchamps and still sold today in the china department at Macy’s if you ever want to add to your collection…they may not be $1.98 each, but they aren’t too expensive.

  9. I love the chargers. I am a huge fan of the and white table settings and never would have thought to add burlap to the equation. It looks just lovely. Since I am not on the coast, I will likely skip the sand dollars (having grown up in the low country, it feels like cheating when I use shells here in my Atlanta home, but I can’t get away from the color scheme). Thanks for the great idea!

  10. JaneEllen says:

    Am going to have to make some of those for daughter maybe. We have no dining table/area so wouldn’t use but daughter would. Awesome use of plastic chargers. Wouldn’t one of them make really nice looking coastal clock?
    You got chargers for 25 cents? Here they’re at least $1. Yeah people are quite greedy.
    Happy Mothers day and weekend

  11. Love love love the sea blue plates that are on the table. Who makes them and where can i find them?


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