Don’t waste your money on some new colorful spring chargers when you can just DIY them! Grab your kids’ watercolor paint set and create your own bright-colored DIY Watercolor Chargers for your Easter table in no time!
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DIY Watercolor Chargers
With plans to have a bright and bold-colored Easter Kids’ Table, I decided it would be fun to use some adorable chargers underneath my colorful paper plates! I kept my eye out for some cute ones as I was out and about, but didn’t find any that were reasonably priced. On one of my Target runs, as I drooled over every item in the Dollar Spot, I saw some adorable bright blue Easter egg chargers! Since I had recently spent $70 in the Dollar Spot, I decided to save on some money, and make my own!
I thought long and hard about how I would cut out circles or where I could buy some large wooden circles, but then I remembered I was trying to save money! Ha!
I hate when I remember that I’m trying to save money.
So I thought long and hard again and decided that I could make my own chargers out of paper, and better yet, out of the craft paper that I always put on my kids’ table!
I’m so into watercolors and marbling right now! Are you with me!? Watercolors seemed a heck of a lot easier than marbling some chargers, so I decided on them! (I made some marbled paper when I was about 12 years old, and I remember it taking a while. Naptime is all I’ve got, so that was not happening!)
It was a simple project that yielded some big results! To create the watercolor chargers, I traced my dinner plates onto the white craft paper and borrowed my son’s Crayola watercolor paint set. Other than knowing that I wanted the colors to be in the same color family-ish and flow-ish into each other, I didn’t really have a plan on how I was going to tackle the chargers.
So what do you do when you don’t know where to start? JUST START and hope for the best! Sometimes this works out and sometimes my projects end up looking like the DIY version of the show “Nailed It!” (Haven’t seen the show? Go check it out on Netflix. Hilarious!)
After not having used watercolor paints in about 25 years, I’m pretty happy with how my watercolor chargers turned out! I didn’t use any special technique, but I did make sure to do the following:
- DO NOT USE TOO MUCH WATER– (Too much water will make it difficult for your paper to absorb the paint and might weaken your paper so it tears easily.)
- WORK IN A TIMELY MANNER– (You don’t want your paint to dry while you are trying to blend the colors.)
- BLEND YOUR COLORS AS YOU GO– (Constantly dip your brush into the water to lighten the color and into the paint to darken the color. This seems obvious, but…)
Details to DIY the Watercolor Chargers:
Trace your dinner plate to create the circle for you watercolor chargers.
Dip the paintbrush into the water, and then place your paintbrush in your paint color of choice. You will want to choose colors that are in the same color family to create the same look as mine. (However, feel free to create any look you want!)
Start painting inside the circle in one area using sweeping motions with the brush. Dip the paintbrush into the water to create a light color and dip it in the paint to make it darker (or change the color completely).
DO NOT USE TOO MUCH WATER and work in a timely manner! If you use too much water, the paper might tear and it will take a long time to dry. You want to work somewhat quickly so that the paint doesn’t dry completely. Once it dries, it will not mix and blend with the other colors as nicely. Continue to use the different colors of paint to create a variegated look on your watercolor chargers! The paper will flatten out once the watercolor paint dries. Just dip and swirl until you are happy with the results!
I thought about tracing the chargers with a gold paint sharpie or another color, but in the end, the paint almost covered up the pencil marks, so I decided to forgo the tracing!
DIY Watercolor Chargers
white craft paper | watercolor paint | pink paper dinner plates | green paper dinner plates | white paper dessert plates | blue paper napkins | white plastic utensils | glass milk bottles | blue and white striped straws | white wooden kid’s chair | alphabet stickers
Don’t be scared to paint! Watercolors are pretty forgiving when you are using them. You can always add more water or paint to change your look!
Want to see more of my “Easter Kids’ Table?” Just click on the link! If you liked this DIY party post, you’ll love “DIY Balloon Centerpieces!” You’ll never guess what I made the stand out of!