Whether it’s hosting for the holidays or just having a dinner party, adding a little interest to your table is simple to do. Add some texture to your table with these beautiful and easy to do rope plate chargers.
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Materials (makes 6 chargers)
- 2′ x 4′ Underlayment
- Qty 2 3/8″ Manila Rope (100 ft)
Print out the circle template (Note: When printing set page scale to “None”) and trace circles onto the 1/4″ plywood. For this step, I simply used a plate charger I already had, which gave me perfect 12-1/2″ circles. In order to fit 6 circles onto your 2’X4′ make sure you place the circles close together, see layout below.
Cut Out Circles
Use the jig saw to cut out the circles.
This step isn’t necessary, but I still like to do it. I find it easier to work with a smooth surface. I just sanded down the edges that were cut, taking off any rough or sharp cuts on the wood.
Mark Center of Circle
Using the template that you printed out, mark the center of your circle. This is where we will start gluing our rope. If you didn’t have a printed template, like myself, then try to mark the center using a measuring tape.
Start gluing at your center mark. For this step I started with a large circle of hot glue in the center. I found it easier to start shape the rope into a circle before I placed in onto the glue. Once the center is glued down, make a bead of glue around the center and start tightly forming your rope circle. Continue this process until you get to the edge of your circle. For the edge, put glue on the edge of the board and press the rope down. You want to be sure to press down longer on this step to allow the glue more time to dry. Once you go all the way around the circle, cut the rope at and angle along the braid and glue down end.
As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!