Making your own faux carved architectural details Plate Chargers is super affordable way to add some elegant details to your wedding reception dinner tables. The faux carved architectural detail Plate Chargers are also great wedding favor gifts for friends and family. No one can argue with receiving a beautiful piece of architectural detail to display in his or her home.
The amount of time it takes to make these architectural detail Plate Chargers is small, but you do need to account for some drying time, plan on spending a day or to with this wedding craft project.
To Make Faux Carved Architectural Detail Plate Chargers You Will need:
Water putty (or plaster of Paris for projects that won’t be painted)
Small disposable container
Paint stir stick
2 to 3 inch paintbrush
Modeling/craft clay (a large block)
One round wood disk, circle, or plate charger
Wooden detail embellishments
Water-based paint in antique white, cream or another color of your choice to match your wedding reception
The first step n this simple craft project is to cover work surface with a few layers of old newspaper. You could also use a plastic table cloth. Either one of these materials will make clean up a lot easier.
Now, Roll your clay out in a slab that is about 1/2″ thicker than raised design piece you are using. You can use real clay or air drying clay, either will work just fine. They can also be bought at any art supply store.
Now, to create mold for your plate chargers you need to press the design into the clay.
So, take your wooden circle and glue down your wooden embellishments to it. You can buy these little wooden details at any arts and craft store. Let this dry.
Use your wood details to create patterns and designs. You can make a border on the plate charger and use one larger detail the middle.
This is the time to incorporate some unique design that will suit your wedding!
Gently press down this wooden piece so that the image is captured, but not so that your architectural detail comes out the back of the clay.
Now, Mix putty with water in the cheap bucket or container according to manufacturer’s directions. You wan the mixture to be smooth and lump free.
Now you need to pour the putty mixture into the plate charger clay mold. You can use a clean dry cloth to wipe away any spills that you make.
Now, for the drying time. You should expect this putty mixture to take about 3 hours to dry. So if you are making this architectural detail for your wedding, you may need to stat a few weeks in advance. You can re use the same mold over and over if you don’t break it when getting the plate chargers out. You can easily reuse your wooden plate shape as many times as needed for sure!
Once the putty has dried, then remove the plate charger form the mold. Do not plop the architectural detail plat charger you created out on to the table. It will break or ship if you do.
When the piece has thoroughly dried, add a coat of paint if desired. When paint has dried, the design can embellish almost any flat, smooth surface. You can also rub on some antique gold paint to age the plate charger and add some glitter!
You can find great and cheap archliberal molding at your local home improvement store. You can also find them at flea markets, antique stores, and salvage yard. I personally love to look for architectural details people ear throwing g out in their garbage. I spend time walking through the neighborhood and keep a youth for anyone who is gutting their home.
If you want to skip making your own architectural mold then you can buy pre made molds at the arts and craft store. Look for large round or square flat molds that the shape suits the plate charger idea.
If you by the pre made plastic mold you could also use plaster of Paris instead of the watered down putty to make these architectural details.