I hope most of you are starting to see signs of Spring and getting to enjoy the outdoors again like we are! Â I’ve been working on my Easter table this past week. Â I saw this tutorial for DIY custom placemats on a blog one night when I was doing some LATE internet searching and I cannot for the life of me find it again!?!? Â As soon as I find it I will post a link but for now, I’ll just have to go off my memory. Â (scary) Â I made a few tweaks to mine which I will explain below. Â Â
The basic idea behind this project is to use pre-cut cork board squares and scrapbook paper to create a custom looking placemat. Â Here is a picture of my finished product and an explanation of how I made these placemats…Â
To begin, I purchased some pre-cut 12×12″ square cork tiles from Hobby Lobby. Â (4 to a pack/ $6.99). Â Then I picked out some scrapbook paper (also from Hobby Lobby-50% off of 59 cents) that I thought would look good with my Easter dishes. Â I chose this weathered/chipped board looking paper. Â Both the paper and the tiles are the exact same size so I didn’t need to cut anything to fit. Â Before gluing the scrapbook paper to the cork tile I had 1 sheet of the paper laminated at Office Depotas suggested in the original tutorial. Â Then, I painted the back and sides of the cork board tile that would be showing after gluing the paper to the top. Â **sidenote- this step was not included in the original tutorial I found but I decided to add it because I didn’t like the remaining cork tile exposed against the paper I chose. Â So, I painted the rest of it with some left over sample paint from our kitchen cabinet makeover. Â (Dove Wing by Benjamin Moore). Â Â After the paint dried, I glued the laminated paper to the cork board with Mod Podge and secured it with clothespins around the edges to let it dry. Â After the glue dried and I took the clothes pins off, I did not like what I saw. Â I did not like the laminated look of the paper! Â It wasn’t natural looking to me and it looked more like a kid’s placemat than something for a nice lunch. Â SO, I decided for the next placemat, I was NOT going to laminate the paper first. Â I figured, the paper only cost me 30 cents, the cork tiles are going to be reusable, why don’t I just replace the paper if they get messed up during the meal. Â Then I can change them out with the seasons!?! Â So for the next placemat, I painted the cork tile and glued on the UNLAMENTED paper with Mod Podge and I liked the finished product SOOOO much more!!!!Â
Here is a picture of the placemat by itself…
Â Here is a closeup of the scrapbook paper…
|One more closeup of the scrapbook paper next to this adorable little robin’s egg nest.|
Blue dishes-Â Gordon’s HomeÂ . Â White plate & Napkin -Â Pottery Barn.Â Nest & wrought iron napkin ring –Hobby Lobby
(I found these napkin rings on clearance from Hobby Lobbylast Spring 4/ $ 3.99!!! Â Their clearance sale is going on now!)
Overall, I’m satisfied with how these placemats turned out for the amount of time and $ I put into them (which was hardly any!) If I try this project again, I will probably useÂ these pre-made cork boards instead of the tiles just to see if I like the look any better. Â If anyone else tries them let me know. This may be a little trickier because you will have to cut the scrapbook paper to fit the size of the cork board and round the corners. Â (I’m so not good with scissors)
My Easter centerpiece for the table…
|I made this tree out of a silver ice bucket, some cypress limbs I cut down from a tree outside, and some Easter egg ornaments from Hobby Lobby. Â|
|closeup of the speckled egg ornaments|
Happy Easter everyone! Â Enjoy the weekend. Â Do something outside!
Remember, when life hands you lemons, turn them into something lovely!