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6 Ideas for Handmade Placemats

Handmade placemats are essential when it comes to keeping your tablecloths and tables in good condition. In addition, they allow you to save money and boost your creativity. Discover 6 great ideas for making them here!
6 Ideas for Handmade Placemats

Last update: 10 November, 2021

Every day, your tablecloth and table are exposed to stains or burns from hot drinks and food. Therefore, using handmade placemats is a creative and budget-friendly alternative to protect both the table cloth and surfaces.

Likewise, these pieces are an eye-catching option to decorate your home while enjoying a hot breakfast or some coffee.

In fact, one advantage of handmade placemats is that they can be made from recycled materials. Among them, you have corks and fabrics from unused clothes.

Therefore, they’re beautiful pieces that are very easy to make. In this article, we’ll explain several ideas for making handmade placemats.

Let’s get to work!

Ideas for making your own handmade placemats

Handmade placemats allow you to save money because they’re pieces that you can make with recyclable materials that you can easily find at home. So here are 6 simple and creative options.

1. Reuse your corks

This is the most common element when it comes to making table mats, since it’s very useful to reuse all the corks you have at home. In this DIY, you require the following materials:

  • Cork stoppers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Knife
  • Sandpaper

The amount of corks to use varies depending on the design you want to make. You can choose the shape of a rectangle, a circle, or a hexagon. In this case, we explain the steps for a square-shaped trivet:

  1. First, with the knife cut all the corks in half. Remember that they must all have the same size to achieve a perfect finish.
  2. Use sandpaper for the edges of the corks. This way, you get them all to be the same height and smooth to the touch.
  3. Then, place the corks vertically to form the square.
  4. Use the hot glue gun to glue the corks together.
  5. Wait for them to dry and you’re done!
Corks from bottles
Corks are useful elements for crafts. In this craft, you can use them to make placemats.

2. Use decorative stones

Stones are an elegant choice when it comes to decorating and are very easy to get. Whether you buy them in decoration stores or a hardware store, they’re sure to spice up your kitchen. You also have the option of reusing stones that you have at home.

So, an idea to make handmade placemats is with the following materials:

  • Decorative stones of your choice
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Circular shaped object
  • Marker

To begin, take a glass or circular container and with the help of the marker draw a circle on the felt. Then, with the scissors and accurately cut the circular figure.

After that, place the stones side-by-side on the felt and make sure that none of them protrude from the base. Finally, use the glue gun to glue the stones to the base and let them dry for a few minutes.

3. Placemats with wooden clothespins

There are countless crafts you can do with wooden clothespins. Handmade placemats are one of them. To make this fun and useful craft you need the following:

  • Wooden clothespins
  • Hot glue gun
  • A glue stick

First, carefully remove the small metal spring that the clothespins have. Then, with the wooden clothespins make the figure of your preference. In this case, you can make a circle.

Join the ends of each of the pliers and glue them together with the glue gun. When dry, you can add a little color with spray paint.

4. Handmade placemats with felt

Felt is another of the most common materials used to make handmade placemats. This is because it’s very inexpensive and easily found in craft stores. In addition, it’s easy to handle.

To make this idea you need the following:

  • Felt
  • A knife
  • Water
  • A container
  • Scissors
  • Thread and needle
  • Brush
  • Neutral soap

Now, follow these steps to make your own felt placemats:

  1. Cut the soap into small pieces and add them to the container. Leave it for now.
  2. Meanwhile, separate portions of felt and form them into balls with your hands. If you need more material to get the desired size, you can add more.
  3. Then, place a small amount of water in the container with the soap and let the soap dissolve.
  4. Use a brush to moisten the felt balls with the soap and water mixture. This will help them to maintain their form.
  5. When they’re dry, take another container with a little water and add the balls. Use this to rinse off the soap residue. Repeat the process as many times as necessary.
  6. Thread a thread and needle through the felt balls to connect them into your desired placemat shape. Remember to tie a knot at each end so that they don’t come out. Do this in lines until you create a unique placemat.
  7. Finally, tie the two ends of the thread and cut the remaining thread.
  8. Enjoy your felt placemats!

5. Vintage placemats

Handmade placemats created with string give a vintage feel to your table. In fact, you can use the rope as is or, if you want to achieve a more elaborate design, you can braid it and add color.

To make these beautiful placemats, you’ll need the following:

  • Thick rope (can be jute)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • A glue stick
  • Colorless matte varnish
  • Paintbrush

To begin, add glue to the rope while rolling it in a circle. Remember to use enough so it doesn’t peel off. Then take the brush and apply two or three coats of varnish on the trivet. This way, you’ll seal it.

Glass on placemat
Coasters and trivets prevent liquids from spilling on furniture, protecting it and extending its useful life.

6. Fabric placemats

Fabric placemats are a great option when you want to reuse and recycle clothes you no longer wear that are still in good condition. To learn how to make them with the following materials:

  • Fabric scraps
  • Liquid fabric dyes
  • Container
  • Salt
  • Hot water

Do you have all the materials? Then read the instructions:

  1. To begin, add the liquid dyes and salt to the container of hot water.
  2. Insert the fabric and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Then, remove the fabric and remove the excess water.
  4. Place the fabric in the faucet to remove the remaining dye and salt.
  5. Wait for it to dry and repeat this process with several pieces.
  6. Now, to make the placemats, braid the fabrics and roll them in a circle.
  7. While rolling, sew the fabric to keep its shape.

One advantage of this type of placemats is that the fabric absorbs liquids that may spill. Thus, the tablecloth and wooden tables don’t deteriorate.

Why make handmade placemats with heat-resistant materials?

In conclusion, placemats are usually made of resistant materials, since, excess heat in food or drinks can damage your table. Because of this, you must remember the substances that you can use so that this doesn’t happen.

For example, cork, wood, and decorative stones withstand high temperatures. Similarly, they help you save money, since you can get them in the comfort of your home or buy them in hardware stores for a low price.

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