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.
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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.
How to Make Reversible Tassel Placemats from The Spruce Crafts
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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.
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Dip-Dye Drop Cloths Using the Shibori Method
The shibori method of dip dyeing is extremely popular among boho decor enthusiasts. No two placemats are going to be exactly alike, and that's okay. Experiment with completely different patterns if you desire.
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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 5 of 23 below.
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Create Luxurious Placemats Using Marble Contact Paper
Marble contact paper is a great way to make tons of household items seem more luxurious. To add some modern luxury to your dining table, cover a wood round with marble contact paper and then add some gold leaf detailing.
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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.
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Turn Placemats Into an Abstract Painting
This DIY placemat tutorial teaches you how to paint an abstract painting onto existing straw placemats. While you can follow this pattern exactly, it might be more fun to pick different colors and paint whatever pattern your heart desires.
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Wind up Some Jute Thread to Make a Plate Charger
For really refined and elegant tablescapes, plate chargers often replace placemats. Make your own by winding up some thick jute thread. Remember to make the chargers only an inch or two larger than your dishes.Continue to 9 of 23 below.
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Add Some Pom-Pom Fringe to the Edges
If you are tired of your existing placemats, one option is to embellish them more to your liking. You can do this by adding a row of colorful pom-poms to the edge. All you need to do is use a hot glue gun to secure the pom-pom trim.
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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.
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Craft a Festive Placemat Using Confetti
These confetti placemats are fun to make and work well with children because they are bright and wipeable. If you don't have any kids, you might consider making these placemats for a New Year's celebration.Continue to 13 of 23 below.
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Add Different Sayings to Burlap Placemats
Burlap is a relatively inexpensive fabric to choose when making placemats, and it works well with farmhouse style decor. Since they are so cheap to make, consider switching them up with different sayings now and then.
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Learn How to Make No-Sew Round Plate Chargers
A lot of plate chargers are made of a material like a twine, straw, or plastic. However, consider mixing it up by making a fabric plate charger instead. This tutorial will teach you how to make a no-sew version.
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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.
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Stencil a Pattern on Wooden Placemats
This homemade placemat tutorial is unlike most wood mats because the pieces that are used are much thicker. To achieve this look, pick a rustic wood-inspired pattern and stencil it onto both sides of the woodblocks.Continue to 17 of 23 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.
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Transform a Panel Using Chalkboard Paint
One of the least expensive ways to make chalkboard placemats is to use a hardboard tempered panel that you can find at your local hardware store. Cut the panel to size and use chalkboard paint to complete the project.
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Pick Two Colors to Create This Dip Dyed Effect
The factors that make the most difference when dyeing placemats are the technique used and the colors chosen. The frayed edges on this drop cloth placemat work well with the faded shades of black and pink.Continue to 21 of 23 below.
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Use Oil Cloth to Make Placemats Kid-Friendly
if you're looking to make elegant placemats that are also kid-friendly, consider using oilcloth. Oilcloth is wipeable, washable, and durable. This crafter used interfacing to make the cloth stiffer and then backed them with cotton.
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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.
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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.