DIY Burlap Placemats

Today is $30 Thursday, so you know what that means, right?

April from House by Hoff, Jen from Migonis Home and I are teaming up to bring you simple and affordable ideas that you can recreate for $30 or less!

For February, I’ve made these DIY burlap placemats. OH boy am I thrilled with how they turned out. They’re just the perfect addition to our table…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

They’re pretty easy to make too!

First, I started with my burlap. I cut one rectangle at 15″ tall x 21″ long…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then cut 3 more just like it…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once they were all cut, I ironed them smooth…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then stitched a white seam around the borders of each placemat…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once I finished sewing the seam, I starting pulling the extra burlap…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

I did that to all 4 sides, and once they were all frayed, I used my scissors to trim off any excess…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, I used my silhouette to cut the wording out of freezer paper…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

With the saying lined up on the edge of the burlap, I used my iron to attach it…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once they were really stuck, I mixed a bit of black paint with fabric medium, just in case I need to clean them. I’m sure I’ll be happy that I did that.

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once I had it mixed together, I used a round sponge and dabbed the paint on top of the words…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

With all the letters covered, I peeled off the freezer paper and was left with this…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

After I popped out the center pieces of the letters, and the paint dried, the placemats were ready to go!

They look great!

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

And that bit of unexpected wording make me so silly happy…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

After all, we all need to mind our manners…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

Or take our elbows off the table…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

Or what about trying something we think we won’t like…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

And of course, saying please and thank you…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

They all have the cutest frayed edges…DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

And aren’t the sayings so true?

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

Mind your manners…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

Or your placemat will remind you…

DIY Burlap Placemats by The Wood Grain Cottage

Now, here’s what April & Jen came up with…

April made this adorable heart and arrow wreath

heart&arrowvalentinewreath

And Jen made this really cute felt heart table runner

Felt Heart Runner

Ah…. I just love $30 Thursday!

$30 Thursday Collage

Don’t forget to follow our $30 Thursday Pinterest board. There’s so many affordable projects to help inspire you!

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. These are absolutely adorable! What a cute idea!!

  2. Another amazing project Shayna!!! Your mind comes up with such creative ideas…..the wording that you chose for each placemat puts them over the top. And the staging of your completed projects is always as inspiring as what you made. (Love the white and red towels/napkins, too!!!!)

  3. I love these! They are so unique and original!! Have a wonderful day!

  4. always blown away by you, just WOW!

  5. Shayna, I absolutely love these place mats! And it’s actually something I can do :D which is a total bonus. I can actually follow your tutorials on everything you post, but I got really nervous when I saw them and thought I’d have to do a ton of sewing ~ :’( I can’t sew to save my life, but a straight line is possible! I can’t wait to try these!! Keep them coming my friend with a great imagination and hands of gold!!

    • THANK YOU so much, Amy! I’m so happy you’re going to make your own! The sewing part is very easy, promise! :-D
      Enjoy!
      -Shayna

  6. Your placemats are so creative and pretty!

  7. Pam Ballard says:

    Love these! I think I could do them too! Any other ideas on how to put words on them if you dont have a maching to do them?

    • THANK YOU so much, Pam! If you don’t have a machine, you could probably use a stencil. Just be sure to tape it down really well as you paint on each letter. :-D
      I hope that helps!
      -Shayna

  8. Great project Shayna! Looks like something that would be sold at World Market.

  9. I love these place mats! Such a fantastic idea, and I really like how you photographed them. If I saw these in a store, I would definitely buy them.

  10. I love these placemats, Shayna! And I love the idea of $30 Thursday.

  11. Shayna C. says:

    Love the placemats! Can’t wait to make them. I stumbled upon your blog a few months back and have been following it ever since. Great projects and a great name too!

    • THANK YOU so much, Shayna! You have a great name! I don’t often run into many other Shayna’s. :-D
      So glad you found me! Welcome to The WGC!
      -Shayna

  12. SusanneLeiren says:

    Lovely design and great idea!
    You mention that you use freezer paper and a silhouette for the stencil… I live in Norway and are not familiar with these products (or perhaps only the terms of them). Can you please explain what this is?

    Susanne

  13. OMGness…MUST.MAKE.THESE!!! They are so sweet, Shayna! I love ‘em girl…what an awesome idea, but wait, YOU’RE full of them…teehee;) Soooo creative…blessings & <3
    M

    • THANK YOU so very much, M! I’m so happy you’re going to make your own! How exciting!
      Have a wonderful day! :-D
      -Shayna

  14. These are gorgeous! Love them! :-)

  15. thank u shayna for sharing this post. it was an inspiring project indeed!!! hope to make my own so soon!

  16. Absolutely love these. Fab idea.
    Thanks for sharing. X

  17. Cathy Claussen says:

    Love your blog…you are very creative. Question on the burlap placemats. What kind of machine makes the stencil on the freezer paper. I do a lot with burlap and am curious. THANK YOU,

  18. GEEZ! I just found you but I won’t lose you! I love this idea. I am going to go do it now. A note of interest….
    I don’t have a silhouette or any other die cut machine. In this type of situation, I have invested in small alphabet stencils or I cut my own from mylar using printed words for the computer. Takes a little longer to do but it is how I have to roll!

  19. I absolutely love the placemats. My question is….can they be washed? I have three girls who never seem able to keep their food on their plates!
    Thanks!

  20. Jenifer MacFarland says:

    Hi, Shayna!
    Can you tell me the height of the letters you cut?

  21. If we plan on using these just for one occasion, would we really need to sew the borders? I want to make these for my son’s 1st birthday mustache bash and sponge a black mustache on them instead of the lettering. But I wouldn’t expect to keep them after the party.

    • That’s such a great idea! No, if you were only using them once, you wouldn’t need to sew the edges. They’d be just fine with out it. I hope that helps! :-D

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