How To Make Tropical Round Placemats

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I made these Tropical Round Placemats for an upcoming Hawaiian Luau and today I’m sharing a full tutorial with step by step instruction on how to make round placemats.

I can’t wait to share the full table with you next week but in the mean time, here’s a round placemat tutorial.

How To Make A Round Placemat

First, do you remember the No Sew DIY Placemats made from burlap?

I decided to use this technique for the base of my round placemat design.

Supplies for DIY Placemats

  • Burlap Fabric
  • Elmers Glue
  • Raffia
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Jute Rope

How to Make Round Placemats

Begin by cutting the burlap into smaller pieces.

I cut each piece 15 x 14 inches. The size of your placemats may vary so be sure to allow enough fabric for each placemat.

Mix glue and water 50/50 combination and soak the burlap pieces.

Squeeze to remove excess glue and then hang to dry.

See the full tutorial for stiffening fabric here.

Once fabric is dry, press with hot iron or heat press.

Prepare Materials for Round Placemats

Begin by tracing your design onto the burlap.

I used a plate charger to trace my design.

Cut the round design from the burlap.

Next, cut raffia into 2 inch strips.

To speed this process, I cut a 2 inch piece of cardboard and wrapped the raffia around the cardboard several times.

Then using scissors, cut both ends of the raffia creating multiple 2 inch pieces.

How To Make Tropical Round Placemats

Now you are ready to make the tropical round placemats.

First, protect your surface with parchment paper or wax paper. Don’t use paper or cardboard as the hot glue can seep through the burlap and stick. You can easily detach from parchment or wax paper.

Begin by adding a bead of hot glue to the edge of the round burlap. Apply small sections at a time to avoid the glue drying to fast.

Attach the raffia pieces to the hot glue.

Continue around the edge until the entire area is filled with raffia. Fill any gaps with additional raffia before moving to the next step.

Finally, to cover the edges of the raffia, add jute rope.

Apply hot glue to the edges of the raffia where it’s attached to the burlap.

Work around the entire circle and cut the jute rope so that both ends touch.

In addition, apply hot glue to both ends of the rope where they meet.

Tropical Round Placemat

The finished tropical round placemat will look great on any summer tablescape.

When you make your own tableware, there are so many options. These Fall Leaf Chargers, Twig Plate Chargers, and Packing Material Plate Chargers are all inexpensive projects.

DIY projects allow you to create unique one of a kind details on your tables.

If you attempt a version of this project, I’d love for you to share your creativity with me.

I’m looking forward to sharing the placemats on next weeks Luau Supper Club table.

Be sure to check back next week on Thursday.

With the 4th of July just around the corner, you may enjoy this festive patriotic tablescape to give you some inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

Suggested materials:
  • Burlap   (Hobby Lobby)
  • Elmers Glue   (Hobby Lobby)
  • Raffia   (Amazon)
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  • Kim Kim 5 days ago

    Do you think one could use needle and thread to place the raffia on before gluing on your burlap. Adjusting as you move along. The thread would be covered by the rope. Thank you. God's blessings over you and your family.

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