During Christmas this year I was looking for a new fun way to set the table but not spend any money. My daughter uses old books that she folds for decoration as you can see in the Thanksgiving tablescape post here. So we decided to come up with a way to make chargers out of the pages!
We tore pages from an old book and folded them accordian style and stapled two or three of them together to make a fan. Then we placed the fans on top of the place mats to create a charger...a place for the plate to sit. The weight of the plate keeps the fans from moving around.
Here you can see the dinner plate and salad plates sitting atop of the book page fans.
I used these beautiful napkins from TJ Maxx that have lots of colors in the pattern.... browns, pinks, blues and yellow sitting against the tan salad plate.
You could use scrapbook paper in all the myriads of colors and patterns to change your look!