Placemats might not be something you use every day, particularly if you’re the kind of person who tends to eat on the go, standing up while you chat, or sitting by the TV so you can relax. We, however, still think they’re versatile things to have around, particularly if you have kids. We put one under the cat’s water dish, under our messiest crafts, and under every meal we serves our kids. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to have cuter placemats than your regular rough and tumble ones because they look so good when you set the table for a nice real family dinner!
Does that mean you have to spend a fortune on fancy placemats that you’ll only use a few times a year? Of course not! Check out these 15 awesome DIY placemat designs that will jazz up your dinner table every time they’re used.
1. Washi tape placemats
This adorably striped and pattern washi tape placemat idea from
2. Dip dye placemats
Have you always preferred cloth and fabric placemats to paper and plastic? Don’t worry, those are quite simple to make yourself as well. Buy plain white cloth mats (or make your own from scratch if you’re feeling very creative) and follow
3. Thankful placemat
Are you stockpiling festive, holiday, and themed placemat ideas so that you can create a cute custom tablescape for every holiday dinner you host this year? Then here’s a Thanksgiving design for your early consideration!
4. Wooden stencil placemat
Perhaps you’d like something longer lasting but that’s a little more rustic than plastic? Then thin wooden particle board is a great tool for you! Leaving the board just plain would look quite natural, but we’d also get bored of that pretty quickly. That’s why we like
5. Dip dyed bamboo placemat
Did you adore the idea of dip dying your own placemats but you’re actually looking or something a little more hardy than fabric that you’ll be able to use outdoors more easily? Then we have a feeling you’ll enjoy this bamboo strip placemat idea from
6. Quote placemats
They might have put a cloth placemat underneath (and you could too, whether you bought it or made it yourself), but what really impressed us about
7. Place setting silhouette placemats
When we first took a look at these awesomely unique dyed placemats from
8. Watercolor placemats
Are you an artist with a particular love for hand painting and an even more special place in your heart for water colours? Then marry those skills with your desire for a DIY placemat by making yourself these watercolour fabric mats from
9. Painted cork placemats
Perhaps your idea of a good placemat is a little thicker, sturdier, and easier to clean than fabric but you’d still really like it to be custom and unique? Then consider using rectangular cut pieces of cork board as a base! Instead of leaving them how they are, however, follow in
10. Woven paper placemats
Perhaps you’re looking for a disposable placemat option for an outdoor summer picnic but you’d still like it to have some unique décor appeal since the point of the meal is to celebrate a special occasion? Then gather all the scrap crafting paper you can find, cut it into strips of different thicknesses, and prepare to have some crafting fun!
11. Felt honeycomb placemat
Perhaps you’d like a placemat design that’s durable and reusable but you’d rather something a little bit kitschy and unique in place of the usual rectangle shape? We love this pieced together felt hexagon design from
12. Pom pom trim placemat
Maybe you’re quite fine with the idea of a simple, neat rectangle placemat in the classic style, but you’d prefer to add just a bit of flair to the piece in some capacity? Decorative trim is one of the easiest ways to go about that! Sew or glue the fancy trim of your choice along one, two, or all edges of your simple placemat and voila; a whole new look! We love this pom pom look from
13. Name origin placemats
Are you totally in love with very personalized details in your home, filling your kids’ doors and your living room mantle with monograms and motifs of your family name? Then we have a feeling you’ll love this name origin idea from
14. Shibori dyed placemats
Have your favourite designs on this list so far been the ones that involve letting dye and paint travel through fabric however it pleases, but the dip dying and the water colour ideas just weren’t quite abstractly artistic enough for you? Then check out how
15. Jute rope placemats
Have you always loved decor crafts that look very rustic chic or perhaps hearken back to summer days on the sailboat and near the seaside? Then grab some rope and get to coiling!
Have you made other DIY placemat designs that you love and use all the time, but you don’t see anything similar on our list? Tell us how you did them in the comments section!