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How to Make DIY Placemats
It's not hard to make DIY placemats. There are tons of no-sew options and ideas that beginners can replicate with little difficulty. The more challenging part is picking a style that works well with your existing dishware and decor.
These DIY placemat ideas and tutorials will help you narrow down which style and patterns you like best. Don't be afraid to mix up your table setting and try new things depending on the season and occasion.Continue to 2 of 26 below.
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Make Reversible Placemats With Tassels
One way to get the most out of a placemat is to make it reversible. You can set the table with only one side showing or have every other setting showing an alternating side. If you are going to alternate sides, make sure the two types of fabric you select coordinate well with one another.Continue to 3 of 26 below.
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Transform Wood Plaques Into Placemats
You can purchase wood plaques at a local craft store that are a similar size to most placemats. Opt to stain the wood or consider painting on a more modern pattern like you see here. If going the more modern route, keep your place setting minimal sans napkins and plate chargers.Continue to 4 of 26 below.
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Dip-Dye Drop Cloths Using the Shibori MethodContinue to 5 of 26 below.
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Cut Out Large Paper Ferns in a Few Colors
One beautiful way to enhance a solid colored tablecloth is to use paper cutouts for your placemats. Keep the colors you choose within the same color family for the best results. These cool tones work well for spring, but you may want to use warmer tones for fall and winter.Continue to 6 of 26 below.
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Create Luxurious Placemats Using Marble Contact PaperContinue to 7 of 26 below.
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Print Out Something Interesting for the Kids to Color
This DIY placemat printable is a fun take on the kids' placemats that you get at restaurants. If opting for these French-themed placemats, make the entire experience very French inspired. Serve French food, coordinate with the flag's colors of red and blue, and make it a learning experience for your children.Continue to 8 of 26 below.
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Turn Placemats Into an Abstract PaintingContinue to 9 of 26 below.
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Pick a Graphic That's Appropriate for the SeasonContinue to 10 of 26 below.
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Wind Up Some Jute Thread to Make a Plate ChargerContinue to 11 of 26 below.
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Add Some Pom Pom Fringe to the EdgesContinue to 13 of 26 below.
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Coordinate Your Dishes With Your Placemats
Have fun with mixing textures and patterns on your tablescape. Vintage blue dishes work well with a blue and green plaid if you want to create a traditional table with a rustic twist. The wonderful thing about these plaid placemats is that they use one piece of fabric and there's no sewing required. The edge is frayed instead of sewn.Continue to 14 of 26 below.
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Craft a Festive Placemat Using ConfettiContinue to 15 of 26 below.
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Add Different Sayings to Burlap PlacematsContinue to 16 of 26 below.
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Learn How to Make No-Sew Round Plate ChargersContinue to 17 of 26 below.
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Experiment With Different Textiles and ColorsContinue to 18 of 26 below.
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Paint Blocks of Color on Pinwheel Placemats
Pinwheel placemats and chargers are popular but can be a bit drab. If you like bright pops of color in your decor, consider painting on rich pastels to freshen up the look. Since the finished result feels more informal, they work well on a kitchen table or for a more informal gathering like brunch.Continue to 19 of 26 below.
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Stencil a Pattern on Wooden PlacematsContinue to 20 of 26 below.
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Grout Your Way to a Tiled Place Setting
If you want a placemat that is as durable as possible, consider using an unexpected material. Simple felt placemats are completely transformed once you add on your favorite tile. To complete this placemat tutorial, you'll need to be comfortable with grouting, which is an easy process to learn.Continue to 22 of 26 below.
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Transform a Panel Using Chalkboard PaintContinue to 23 of 26 below.
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Pick Two Colors to Create This Dip Dyed EffectContinue to 24 of 26 below.
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Use Oil Cloth to Make Placemats Kid-FriendlyContinue to 25 of 26 below.
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Keep Your Placemats Simple With Black Speckles
All you need to recreate this project is fabric, paint, and a paintbrush. The edges have been frayed, so no sewing is required. To make the speckles, consider using a brush with stiffer bristles. If you have a hard time with that, consider using an old toothbrush instead.Continue to 26 of 26 below.
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Add Pockets to Outdoor Placemats
Every summer picnic would be more charming if placemats were involved. Set your outdoor tables and picnic blankets with placemats that are durable enough to be outside. They should ideally be wipeable and easily washable. This tutorial takes placemats one step further by adding a built-in pocket.