I hope most of you are starting to see signs of
Spring and getting to enjoy the outdoors again like we are! I've been
working on my Easter table this past week. I saw this tutorial for DIY
custom placemats on a blog one night when I was doing some LATE internet
searching and I cannot for the life of me find it again!?!? As soon as I
find it I will post a link but for now, I'll just have to go off my memory.
(scary) I made a few tweaks to mine which I will explain below.
The basic idea behind this project is to use
pre-cut cork board squares and scrapbook paper to create a custom looking
placemat. Here is a picture of my finished product and an explanation of
how I made these placemats...
To begin, I purchased some pre-cut 12x12"
square cork tiles from Hobby Lobby. (4 to a pack/ $6.99). Then I
picked out some scrapbook paper (also from Hobby Lobby-50% off of 59 cents) that I
thought would look good with my Easter dishes. I chose this weathered/chipped
board looking paper. Both the paper and the tiles are the exact same size
so I didn't need to cut anything to fit. Before gluing the scrapbook
paper to the cork tile I had 1 sheet of the paper laminated at Office Depot
as suggested in the original tutorial. Then, I painted the back and sides
of the cork board tile that would be showing after gluing the paper to the top.
**sidenote- this step was not included in the original tutorial I found
but I decided to add it because I didn't like the remaining cork tile exposed
against the paper I chose. So, I painted the rest of it with some left
over sample paint from our kitchen cabinet makeover. (Dove Wing by
Benjamin Moore). After the paint dried, I glued the
laminated paper to the cork board with Mod Podge and secured it with
clothespins around the edges to let it dry. After the glue dried and I
took the clothes pins off, I did not like what I saw. I did not like the
laminated look of the paper! It wasn't natural looking to me and it
looked more like a kid's placemat than something for a nice lunch. SO, I
decided for the next placemat, I was NOT going to laminate the paper first.
I figured, the paper only cost me 30 cents, the cork tiles are going to
be reusable, why don't I just replace the paper if they get messed up during
the meal. Then I can change them out with the seasons!?! So for the
next placemat, I painted the cork tile and glued on the UNLAMENTED paper with
Mod Podge and I liked the finished product SOOOO much more!!!!
Here is a picture of the placemat by itself...
Here is a closeup of the scrapbook paper...
|One more closeup of the scrapbook paper next to this adorable little robin's egg nest. |
Overall, I'm satisfied with how these placemats
turned out for the amount of time and $ I put into them (which was hardly any!)
If I try this project again, I will probably use these pre-made cork boards instead of the
tiles just to see if I like the look any better. If anyone else tries
them let me know. This may be a little trickier because you will have to cut
the scrapbook paper to fit the size of the cork board and round the corners.
(I'm so not good with scissors)
My Easter centerpiece for the table...
|I made this tree out of a silver ice bucket, some cypress limbs I cut down from a tree outside, and some Easter egg ornaments from Hobby Lobby. |
|closeup of the speckled egg ornaments |
Happy Easter everyone! Enjoy the weekend. Do something outside!
Remember, when life hands you lemons, turn them into something lovely!