Placemat to Planter

3 Materials
15 Minutes

I bought 4 wooden placemats awhile ago to use outside. They got pretty weathered from being on my patio but have no fear… a repurpose project is near.

Finished planter cover

So here is how this simple project was done. I gathered some fishing line. (I used 12 pound test), an embroidery needle and my placemat. Since the mat already had spaces between the wooden squares, I just weaved the fishing line in and out of the squares pulling it tightly and knotting it after every few tiles. I chose to overlap the edges of the placemat so there was no need to cut apart the placemat and risk ending up with a pile of wooden squares.

Size of placemats I used

Here is a weathered wooden placemat getting ready for a new purpose.

Weathered placemat before attaching the ends together to form a cylinder.

Rolling placemat to form a cylinder

I put the finished edges together by overlapping them. Time to start weaving the fishing line through the spaces between the wooden squares.

Overlap edges

Ready to attach ends.

Woven fishing line

Basically just run the fishing line in and out between the squares. Be sure to pull it tight every two stitches. I knotted it about every 3 stitches.

Pull the fishing line tight. Once finished, you will end up with a hollow cylinder. You could put twigs in it for some nature decor, or use it around a small nursery pot with a tall plant, or put in a nursery pot and plant directly into the plastic nursery pot.

Adding a nursery pot

I opted to use one of my nursery pots which ended up fitting perfectly.

Perfect fit

It was now ready for a plant. I placed a live plant in the placemat cylinder. It’s sitting as an accent piece on my patio.

All finished

If you are unable to find a sturdy placemat strong enough to hold up a plastic pot, you can use any weather proof placemat to sew together to make a hollow cylinder and use as a decorative sleeve. You will have to put a tall plant in a small nursery pot to use the placemat as a sleeve where the pot sits at the bottom rather than the top as a holder. This project was completed with minimal effort..

Birch sticks for decor

This is the planter as a sleeve for some twigs. Bringing a zen vibe. I love the natural twigs with nature’s wood.

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