How to Make DIY Placemat Wall Art in a Few Simple Steps

Lisa Burningham
by Lisa Burningham

In this step-by-step tutorial, I'll guide you through the process of creating DIY placemat wall art using an Ikea placemat.

Looking to add a touch of elegance to your space without breaking the bank? With a few simple materials and a creative touch, you can achieve a high-end look for a fraction of the cost.

Tools and materials

  • Ikea placemat
  • White craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Frame (thrift store find)
  • White paint for the frame
  • Fabric (purchased at Hobby Lobby)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Wall art
Selecting a placemat from Ikea

Step 1: Selecting the Perfect Placemat

Start by choosing a placemat from Ikea that closely matches the shape of your inspiration piece. The intricate detailing and ridges on the placemat will serve as the foundation for your artwork.

Painting the placemat

Step 2: Painting the Placemat

Using white craft paint and a paintbrush, carefully paint along the ridges and intricate detailing along the perimeter of the placemat. Mirror the white paint application to mimic the areas of your inspiration piece. Allow the paint to dry for one hour.

Prepping the frame

Step 3: Preparing the Frame

Find a suitable frame at a thrift store and paint it white to complement the color scheme of your artwork. This step adds a polished and cohesive look to the overall piece.

Cutting fabric for the frame backing

Step 4: Fabric Backing

Cut a piece of fabric, preferably purchased at Hobby Lobby, to cover the back of the frame.

Adding fabric to the frame

Use the hot glue gun to secure the edges of the fabric to the back of the frame on all four sides. This fabric backing will provide a clean and finished appearance.

Attaching the placemat to the frame

Step 5: Attaching the Placemat

Apply hot glue to the back of the painted placemat and carefully center it on the fabric-covered frame. Press down to secure the placemat in place. The fabric backing ensures a stable attachment.

Assembling the artwork

Step 6: Assembling the Artwork

Place the assembled placemat and frame back into the painted frame. This step completes the artwork, giving it a polished and framed look.

DIY placemat wall art

The finished product looks unique, special, and expensive but comes at a fraction of the cost.

DIY placemat wall art

You've successfully recreated the high-end inspiration piece for only $16.25, making it a budget-friendly alternative to the $4,000 original.

With a bit of creativity, you can use DIY placemat wall art to transform a simple Ikea placemat into a stunning piece of wall art that rivals expensive decor.

This step-by-step tutorial has shown you how to achieve a high-end look on a budget, allowing you to enjoy beautiful and personalized artwork in your home without breaking the bank.

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  • Nancy J Nancy J on Feb 07, 2024
    this inspired me, thanks for sharing!
  • Mary Njus Mary Njus on Feb 08, 2024
    I think it’s very cute. It’s not meant to look exactly like 4K one. It’s just an example of how you can create different pieces of decor on your own. Thank you for sharing.