Modern DIY Placemats in less than 10 minutes!

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Modern DIY Placemats in less than 10 minutes!

Modern DIY Placemats in less than 10 minutes!

Do you guys know Chilewich? It’s an awesome company with super cool textiles in the form of placemats, coasters, and even rugs – both indoor and outdoor. I used to work in a showroom that carried a bunch of their products and I slowly collected a good amount over time. They used to have these round spun vinyl placemats in white but unfortunately they were discontinued before I had a chance to hoard them all. Well, I’ve been binge watching Project Runway religiously for the past month and saw one of the guys make some crazy pattern with….a hot glue gun! It inspired me to make these placemats to replace the Chilewich ones I so desperately wanted. Luckily these modern DIY placemats were literally the easiest DIY I’ve done with the biggest impact style wise. I also made some matching coasters!

Modern DIY Placemats in less than 10 minutes!
Modern DIY Placemats in less than 10 minutes!

M A T E R I A L S 
Hot Glue Gun
4 glue sticks per placemat
Wax Paper
Something round to trace (I used a plate)
Spray Paint in any color

Start by tracing a larger plate or object onto the wax paper that is about 1-2″ wider than the plate you will likely use with the mats. Heat up your glue gun and start crossing the glue from end to end, zig zagging back and forth. Be sure to touch the ends of the circle, even rounding the edges to keep the circular shape. Once you have a good base set, then just go over areas that don’t look full. I let the glue dry, then went back to fill in gaps. When the glue is hardened, spray paint and let dry. You should be able to peel the mats right off the wax paper. There is no need to be perfect because the texture is busy enough to hide imperfections and honestly, it just looks badass.

Modern DIY Placemats in less than 10 minutes!

Modern DIY Placemats in less than 10 minutes!

I’m really into these round ones, but if you are more adventurous than I am, you could make a good sized runner for a table and create a really cool ombre effect. There are so many options!

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  1. Courtney Shelton

    April 26th, 2016 at 7:39 am

    These are SOOOO COOL! Such a good idea. I’ve been trying to find some I like for FOREVER and still no luck. These might need to be in order :)

  2. Alyson

    April 26th, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I’m so glad you like them! I’ve also had such a dilemma finding something that I like. If you make these you better show me! haha

  3. Courtney Shelton

    April 29th, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I love the delicateness of them!

  4. Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling

    April 26th, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    UHM…. genius.

  5. Alyson

    April 26th, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks Amy! :)

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  7. Mary Linders

    April 30th, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Alyson, these placemats are awesome! Stunning, delicate, yet so simple to make. I love the colors you bring to your designs. I have a friend in Chicago who does cakes. I must share this with her. Your placemats really add such elegance to the setting.

    This is my first time on your website. You have such cool ideas. I must come back. Congratulations on the new job!

  8. Alyson

    May 2nd, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Thank you, Aunt Mary! :)

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  12. Nazia Ahmed

    September 23rd, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Love them and Love your blog!

  13. Alyson

    September 26th, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Thank you! :)

  14. Tiffany

    March 26th, 2017 at 6:37 am

    What color was that spray paint! I love that color!!!!

  15. Emmerentia

    August 3rd, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Do u perhaps know how to make.placemats like this with twine. It looks exactly like this but its made with twine

  16. Alyson

    August 29th, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Unfortunately I don’t! I know you can use fabric starch for twine to create patterns! :)

  17. Keisha

    October 23rd, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Ahhh!!! I am so glad I found your blog! I fell in love with Chilewich placemats but didn’t like the price, but now I can make them myself and cut the cost way down and have SUPER AWESOME placemats at my wedding!

  18. Alyson

    October 24th, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    That’s awesome! :) I love Chilewich tooso this was a fun DIY for me! :)

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