Chargers made from old books

By Karin Brosnan - Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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!

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  1. Great idea! I once did a tablescape with a book theme, and I bought a set of large, thin books at the thrift store. I opened each one to pages with text only and used them as my chargers with the book intact. It looked great, too!

    1. Connie,
      I love that idea...I will have to try that out sometime soon. Thanks for sharing your creative idea!

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  3. It wasn't a good old book...I look at it as recycling...keeping it from landfills. :)

  4. Great idea. I've been saving all the pheasant feathers from Sweet Mister's hunting trips. At some point, I'll have enough to make pheasant feather chargers....may be a whole bunch of hunting trips involved. Thank you for sharing your design idea. Cherry Kay

  5. I love it!!! Such a creative idea, and like you cost!! Thanks so much for visiting Take Six!

  6. How clever! I love it when people "think outside the box" to create beautiful tables!

  7. Cute idea! Something different than the usual/standard chargers for a table. I like it :)

  8. Now that is great idea! I would never have thought of that, I am so glad you shared it. You can't beat the price either!

  9. Really fun idea!!! This would be great for a book club dinner party!!!