Dec 17 2012

Snowman Charger Plates

Well, that was certainly a BUSY weekend for us!  We hosted my husband's holiday party for his direct reports here on Friday night.  About 16 people here…a nice sized crowd.  But a lot of food preparation, cleaning and setting up to do.  I was exhausted.  Then we had shopping to do and writing our Christmas Letter.  Still need to add ribbon to about 1/2 of my Christmas cards!  Hopefully will get that done today.  I also made gifts for his direct reports.  Here are the charger plates I made…inspired by Jill Olsen.


This is a picture of one table.  I made 12 of them, and still have pieces and parts to make a few more for other gifts.



And here is a closeup of one of them.  You can see I used some retired Stampin' Up! Designer Papers (and non-SU papers) because I needed patterns with Whisper White in them, not Very Vanilla.  I wanted Whisper White snowmen!  And, I was surprised to find that a lot of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Papers for Christmas have Very Vanilla in them!  I found the chargers on sale at the M place…$1 for the plain ones and $1.50 for the decorated edge ones.  They didn't have enough decorated edge ones for me to do everyone's, so I used the plain ones.  Quite a reasonably priced gift!  The stands I included (purchased at the W place) cost more than the entire plate did to make!



Here are the details:

  1. For the circle of Designer Paper in the background, I found a dessert plate that fit in the center, traced around it with pencil and then cut it out.  It is glued with Snail to the charger.
  2. The banner was made in MDS and I printed it on Whisper White, cut to 1 3/4" wide and cut flag ends.
  3. I layered it on a 2" x 12" strip of Silver Glimmer Paper and cut flag ends to match it.  I used green Glimmer Brads to hold the two pieces together, and attached it to the charger plate with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  4. The snowman is the three largest circles from the Circles #2 die out of Whisper White.  I ran it thru the Big Shot with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, too, then sponged around the edges and snowflakes with Crumb Cake ink.
  5. The hat is a 1 1/4" Square Punch trimmed on an angle for the sides, then a Word Window of Basic Black for the brim.  I added a flower from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack of Silver Glimmer Paper with a rhinestone in the center.
  6. The eyes are two medium sized pearls, colored with a black Sharpie pen.  The nose is a triangle of Pumpkin Pie.  The mouth is a row of the rhinestone jewels, colored with Black Sharpie pen and curved for a smile.  I used three individual rhinestones for the buttons…colored with black Sharpie, too.
  7. I used the Gumball Green Sweater Trim for his scarf, knotted on one side.
  8. The arms are thin branches, adhered to the plate and under the snowman with Mini Glue Dots.
  9. I cut the snowflakes from the Snow Flurry Die with Silver Glimmer Paper and added Red Glimmer Centers with the 3/8, 1/2 and 3/4" Circle Punches.  I adhered them with Stampin' Dimensionals.


Overall, this is so sparkly and pretty!  Everyone loved their gift and I was quite pleased with how they turned out!  I plan on making a LOT more, including one for my house!

7 People have left comments on this post

Dec 17, 2012 - 09:12:47
Sandy M said:

Wow, these are great, Connie! They look like they were a lot of work. I hope the recipients appreciated them!

Dec 17, 2012 - 01:12:31
Michele S said:

Super cute… but I'd like to ask just a couple of questions:
1) What type of charger are you talking about?  These really look like regular decorated plates… I must be missing something in the details!
2) What type of store is W?  And do they have an online store?
Again super cute!

Dec 17, 2012 - 07:12:09
Nancy Francis said:

What an awesome gift!   I'm sure everyone loved them.

Dec 17, 2012 - 08:12:43
Lucy said:

Super duper darling!!!!

Dec 17, 2012 - 08:12:01
Carol Carriveau said:

What wonderful gifts…these plates are so fun to make and am sure that all of the recipients loved them..easy to pack away and bring out again and again!  Thanks for sharing – hope you are recovering from all of the falldarall!!!

Dec 17, 2012 - 09:12:10
Cynthia said:

Those are absolutely beautiful Connie!  What are "Charger" plates?

Dec 18, 2012 - 01:12:25
Michele S said:

OK I had to go on a search of what Charger Plates are… see this is a generational thing… when you said charger I thought, cell phone, battery laptop etc… but actually you meant Charger plates or service plates are larger decorative plates used to dress up dinner tables at parties, weddings, and other special events. While the charger plates have been around since the 19th century, they returned to popularity in the late `90s. Since food is not actually served on chargers, they are often called underplates or chop plates