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!
M A T E R I A L S
Hot Glue Gun
4 glue sticks per placemat
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.
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!