Summer Entertaining

I received a box of amazing craft supplies from Plaid and it included a shopping card from Walmart.

I couldn’t wait to go shopping and find something to create.

Have you seen all the Plaid craft supplies at Walmart?  The craft department is filled with tons of options!

They had everything that I needed to create a fun summer tablescape: Mod Podge, FolkArt chalkboard paint and Apple Barrel acrylic paint :)

So many choices!  

Road trips are a big part of our summer, so I decided on a road trip inspired tablescape.  I bought square chargers and I searched for a chambray fabric for my napkins.  When I didn’t find what I wanted in the fabric department, I headed to the clothing section.  Bingo!  A shift type dress was made of exactly what I wanted!

Mod Podge Map and Chalkboard Center Chargers:


  • Map
  • Chargers
  • Mod Podge and sponge applicator
  • Ruler 
  • X-acto knife
  • FolkArt Chalkboard Paint
  • Chalk


I measured the charger, used a pen and ruler to mark the 4 pieces of map to fit the area that I was going to Mod Podge.  I applied the Mod Podge to one area at a time, lined up the map and positioned it on to the charger. Pressing out bubbles as I went.  Repeat 3 more times, until the charger is complete.  Once everything was dry I applied Mod Podge over the top of the mapped area.

Chalkboard Painted Center:

I applied two coats of FolkArt Chalkboard Paint to the center of the chargers.  I love this chalkboard paint.  It went on so smooth and dried dark.  Cure the chalkboard by rubbing the entire area with chalk.

After everything dried I used my X-acto knife to trim the overhang of the map.  

Staying with my theme, I chalked popular road trip sites :).

Napkins Painted with Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint


  • fabric
  • painters tape
  • Apple Barrel acrylic paint
  • pinking shears

Cut fabric in to 18″ squares, tape off the design and paint with Apple Barrel acrylic paint.

Here’s how it all turned out:

Using square clear plates ( also available at Walmart), you can see the chalkboard signs!

The napkins wrapped in raffia hold the silverware.

Now I’m ready for a Road Trip and a party!  

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  1. 1
    Gina says:

    Could those chalkboard chargers be any more creative? Debbie, they turned out wonderfully! The close up of the map (in the collage photo) is close to home, I live a ways to the east! So funny to see that. Anyway, the napkins you made are so cute. Great idea and who would ever know what the fabric started out as! lol
    Gina recently posted..Painted Stairs (The Reveal)

  2. 2

    Love the “See Rock City” sign! When we used to drive down from Chicago to Florida, we would count how many of those signs we would see on barn roofs!

    I didn’t know that you could buy the chalkboard paint in the same art size – I will have to check it out!
    Susan @ Afford Your Passions recently posted..Wool Embroidery

  3. 3

    Debbie, those are absolutely amazing!! And love how you used the dress for napkins. So clever!!
    Erin @ How to Nest for Less recently posted..Just a Party with My Peeps {#18}

  4. 4

    What a cute idea! I love chargers and especially if you’re using clear plates, then you won’t cover up your great creation!
    Kim @ Sand & Sisal recently posted..Pallet Art: Surfboard

  5. 5

    Adorable!! The napkins are my favorite! I like the small chalkboard paint with the sponge applicator. Looks easy to use. You rock! As always…
    Kim@todayismysome-day recently posted..The desk that had wings (and a little secret)

  6. 6
    Laura Putnam says:

    Super cute – love that you used the dress for material! Take care, Laura
    Laura Putnam recently posted..1 Minute Necklace & a Mini Fairy Garden

  7. 7

    Hi Debbie-
    I love maps! This is such a clever way to use them – so colorful – summer vacation time – love them!
    Diane@InMyOwnStyle recently posted..Biking on the Lehigh River Gorge Trail

  8. 8
    Vicky says:

    Very nice crafts! I’ve been Mod Podging myself…….can’t wait to show everyone. I love what you did with your products.
    Vicky recently posted..Coast to Coast Creativity – The Little Black Door

  9. 9
    Evey says:

    You’re sorta freakin awesome, did you know that lady? ;) LOVE this, ALL of it!

    Evey recently posted..Peanut-Free/Tree Nut-Free/Gluten-Free Brownies Recipe

  10. 10
    gail says:

    Debbie–love your chargers (chalboards) they are so cute! I too love their chalkboard paint. You did a fabulous job writing on the chalkboards… so envious. I need an art class at haven. hahaha
    cool napkins too.
    great tute, super post!
    gail recently posted..Upholstered Twin Headboard Bench

  11. 11
    jenni says:

    love it! everything looks great! I love that it’s so colorful!!

  12. 12
    Bliss says:

    Those are darn cute. At first I thought you also bought a painting *smock*, but I see now you only loved it for the fabric!

    Pinned, because they are cute, not because I had too
    Bliss recently posted..When Camera Duty Calls

  13. 13

    Wow they look GREAT – what a fabulous craft idea, thank you!
    Inspire Me Heather recently posted..project: curtains – no sew

  14. 14

    Those chargers are awesome, and what a fun little napkin project! Beautiful. I’m sharing all around. :)
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog recently posted..month in minutes: may 2012

  15. 15
    Johnnie says:

    Fun! You are my entertaining hero. Plaid rocks. Thanks for the great ideas. Let’s be honest, I am way to lazy to probably ever put that much into entertaining, but if I weren’t, I would know where to go :)

  16. 16

    Your project turned out great! Love the chalkboard paint. :)

  17. 17
    kirby says:

    Okay–I saw the map in the first photo–my home (just north of Newark, NY on Lake Ontario) and started to sob. Dang hormones.
    kirby recently posted..#401 and a long-term project

  18. 18

    So cute! I love anything made with maps!!
    Tonia @The Gunny Sack recently posted..{Chalkboard Label} Summer Drink Station

  19. 19
    Deb Owen says:

    That is a fabulous idea!!! I love those chargers, anything with maps on it makes me happy! The napkins are darling and that was a super creative idea to use an inexpensive piece of clothing to get just what you wanted. Fantastic job!
    Deb Owen recently posted..Sweet Dreams

  20. 20
    cassie says:

    this idea is such fun, debbie! i always love your use of color- those maps are perfect!
    cassie recently posted..POWW 92

  21. 21

    No, you did not just put clear square plates over those – how AWESOME is that!!! So cute, and they combine two of my favorite things in the whole world – mod podge and chalkboard paint. Pinning and adding this to my list of summer projects…
    Tisha @ Delectable Home recently posted..virtual summer mantle

  22. 22

    How about a road trip to ATL and Haven for your party???
    Adore this project — and yes, that WalMart craft aisle is something else!
    xo Heidi
    Heidi @ Decor & More recently posted..Where We Were {Lake Living}

  23. 23

    I love maps and these are the cutest! For a second, I thought you picked up a little dress for yourself! Love those no-sew napkins!

    Of course, this is pin-worthy!
    Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage recently posted..How Do Your Pesto & Mojitos Grow?

  24. 24
    Heather says:

    And you did it again! So, so clever and cute! Always amazed at what you come up with! Can’t wait to see you in one week! eek!

    Heather recently posted..$50 Rusted Chain Giveaway!

  25. 25

    HOW COOL!! I’d love to try this!

  26. 26
    Charlie says:

    The map chargers are amazing! Would be perfect for a going away party — so creative :)

    Charlie @ Match Made On Hudson
    Charlie recently posted..DIY Father’s Day Banner

  27. 27
    debbie says:

    Just adorable Debbie. I did a mod podge project tonight. I have used many of plaid projects and love them. Yours is adorable and so fun!
    debbie recently posted..Hot fun in the Summer time!~

  28. 28
    Jessica says:

    So clever! Thanks for sharing!
    Jessica recently posted..Anchor Father’s Day Card + DIY Gifts

  29. 29

    I love it all! I am working on my Plaid projects…they are totally different, but you have inspired me to try something new! I love, love, love the napkins!!!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real recently posted..American Flag Pallet Art

  30. 30

    These are so great – LOVE maps! Can’t wait to feature!
    Mod Podge Amy recently posted..Mini centerpiece footstool.

  31. 31

    The map chalkboards are VERY cute!!
    I browsed your blog looking for the signs you made….I remember early on you used paper to creat letters and a fun sign. But, I put signs in your search and came up with nothing. Hopefully you can give me the link. Thanks Debbie! Hope you’re having a great time away!
    Diane | An Extraordinary Day recently posted..{Yellow} The Color of Happiness

  32. 32
    Elaine says:

    This is a terrific use of 2 things i adore! Maps & chalkboards. Nice job on the tutorial and thanks to Amy @ MPR for sharing it with all of us. I love your site.

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