DIY Wood Chargers and Coasters
Find the right sized tree limbsMost of my dinner plates are 10 inches in diameter, so I knew that I needed my chargers to be at least 12 inches round. I also wanted them to be an inch high. If you are using the chargers for other things like pedestals or for some other use in your decor, then determine your desired width and find a tree limb that can accommodate that measurement. For wood coasters your diameter should be at least 4 inches wide and 1/2 inch in height. The wood we used is pine.
Next StepsAfter your wood slice is cut you can either leave it in it's natural condition or sand down for desired smoothness. I wanted to leave mine alone since I wanted more of a natural look and texture on the chargers. After your wood is cut, remove any loose sawdust. Preserving and protecting your chargers is really up to you and how you intend to use them. I left the coasters bare but did apply a couple coats polyurethane to the chargers. This will help protect the wood and repel any liquid left on the charger. Let them dry according to directions before using them.
The Multiple usesI am using these wood pieces everywhere in my holiday home this year. If you missed my holiday home tour, you can see that here. If you did see the tour, did you notice how I stacked some of the wood chargers on my breakfast table? I love the natural rustic feeling of adding these to a centerpiece. I recently used them for a cocoa party on the patio to officially kick off the holiday season with my sweet family. This is something we do every year after we put our family Christmas tree up. I love the multiple uses I have with the wood slices in my holiday home this season. For the cocoa party I used the larger slices as pedestals for the mugs and beverages. here.
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