Plain Jute Placemats Transform Into Christmas Table Decor!

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Starting with some plain ordinary jute placemats, you will be surprised how easy it can be to dress them up a bit with a little paint & pizazz!

I used these Jute Placemats and the Christmas Stencil sets you'll find at Essential Stencil. They have a great range of sign stencils. The two sets I used in this project are the Farmhouse Christmas set and the Holiday Sweets set.

Here's a replay of a live video tutorial I did using the stencils to show you a better visual of how to stencil jute. It can be a little tricky to get the paint down into the very thick fibres of the mat.

I'll explain in this video, all of my top stencilling tips, including my "rubber band on the paint brush bristles" trick!

You'll also notice on a couple of the mats, I used a shadowing technique - see the white "shadow" under the black writing on top and bottom of the Hot Cocoa stencilled mat?

You can create a shadow effect by:

  1. painting/stencilling the shadow colour first;
  2. then place the stencil over the same words shifting it slightly up and to the right.
  3. then paint your top main colour - in this case, I used the black.

These are the Holiday Sweets stencil set of 3.

I love the cute border around this Farmhouse Christmas stencil. I used Fusion's Cranberry colour for the red, and their Bayberry for the green in the leaves of the holly berry.

I hope you enjoyed this video tutorial. If you don't already have decor all planned for your family Christmas dinner, this would be a fun update to any placemats you may already have that are fabric, too.

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