Tile Chargers and Candleholders

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We were walking through Home Depot, and Alberto came across a really pretty terracotta-color porcelain tile. We had been looking for chargers for the holidays and realized that the tiles were perfect for what we were looking to do with our Thanksgiving table…and they were like $1 each! This is one of the easiest projects you can do!

In addition, we wanted to bring some natural elements to the table, so we decided to make our own candle holders….out of old logs. 

Here’s what we needed to make the chargers:

  • Eight 13×13-inch tiles
  • 2-yards of remnant fabric
  • Electric tape (we’re using brown to match the fabric)
  • Fabric glue

This is what we needed on hand to finish it:

  • Scissors (yup, that’s all!)

Making the chargers:

  • Take the fabric, and place it upside down.
  • Place one of the tiles on top of the fabric, and trace a line around the tile.  (I used fabric chalk, but you can use a marker.  It won’t matter because the line will be covered up with the tape.)
  • Once you’ve traced all of the lines, cut out the fabric backings.

Taping the Fabric:

  • Place one of the pieces of fabric face down and using colored electrical tape, place the tape on top of the fabric so that only half of the tape is used.  (We were worried about the fabric fraying, so we decided to use tape to stop the process.  Plus it adds a nice detail to the bottom of the charger.)
  • Turn the fabric over, and fold the tape of the edge of the fabric creating a “hem”.
  • Cut off the excess tape at the corners, and repeat the process for the other three sides.
  • Continue with this process on all of the pieces of fabric.

Putting it Together!

  • Now you should have 8 tiles and 8 pieces of fabric with tape.
  • Place the tile upside down on the ground.  (Obviously you want to do this outside, and you want to put something under the tile.)
  • Using spray fabric adhesive, spray the bottom of the tile paying close attention to the edges.
  • Once the tile has been sprayed with the adhesive, take one of the pieces of fabric, and place it face up on the bottom of the tile.  Be sure to line up the edges.
  • Repeat this with all of the tiles.

Once all of the tiles have dried, you’ll have personal and interesting chargers for you table.  I love this because you can find tile for a fraction of what you’d pay for real chargers, and you can actually make them match your table.  It’s a win-win!

Here’s what we needed to make the candleholders:

  • A small branch (Sounds simple, doesn’t it?!)
  • Votives
  • Spray Varnish

This is what we needed on hand to finish it:

  • Miter Saw
  • Drill with 1 1/2-inch drill bit

Let’s Make Some Rustic Candle Holders:

  • Take the piece of firewood, and cut off one end so that it’s level.
  • Measure approximately 6-inches from the bottom, and cut again.
  • Repeat this process for however many candle holders that you’d like to make.  We decided to make two.

Making Space for the Candle:

  • Decide which side of the piece of wood that you want to be the top and the bottom.
  • On the top, place the drill bit in the center of the wood.
  • Drill a 1 1/2-inch hole in the wood about 1/2-inch deep.
  • Repeat this on all other pieces of wood.

Finishing It Off:

  • Once you’ve created all of the holes for the votives, it’s time to finish the holders.
  • Place the pieces wood on paper, and always do this outside.
  • Spray varnish all of the wood holders.  This will seal the wood (and it will kill anything that was living there before).
  • Once dry, repeat for several coats.

Once the varnish is dry, you will have unique candle holders for your table.  Plus it didn’t cost anything.  Now on to finalize the table-scape . . .


3 Responses to Tile Chargers and Candleholders

  1. Darcie Rowan says:

    Love your idea for tile chargers. I use something similar for cheese platters – I take a decorative tile, add peg legs (or felt tabs) on the back, add decorative knives, and you have a beautiful gift and very useful cheese platters. Thanks for posting …

  2. Kris Sladek says:

    How about pics of finished product? Great idea though!!


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