November 23, 2014

Cute Things You Can Make From Placemats

Not only are placemats inexpensive but often they are made from beautiful materials. They are really a great resource for any budget decorator and you’ll be amazed at all the ways you can repurpose placemats!

Placemats are a great resource for the budget decorator. You'll be amazed at the cute things you can make with placemats!

Here are a few things you can do with placemats.

pillow from a placemat

This is such an easy way to make a decorative throw pillow and a great way to use those single placemats that you can always find on clearance See the tutorial at Something Like That Designs

placemat wall art from BHG

Here’s a great idea for some wall art from Better Homes & Gardens

Dollar store placemat made into an outdoor flag by Pretty Handy Girl

You can even make seasonal outdoor flags using placemats like this one from Pretty Handy Girl (she has winter and Valentines Day flags as well)

backsplash made from placemats

I think this idea is amazing! A backsplash made from plastic placemats! It looks really good and I imagine is easy to clean. Perfect for a temporary fix. See the tutorial at Ashley Rowhome

Kids apron made from placemats

This would make a cute gift! Kids aprons made from placemats – from At Home In the Northwest

placemats used as photo frames via BHG

Another great idea from Better Homes & Gardens is to use placemats as photo frames

various clutches made from placemats

Another cute gift idea is to make a clutch from a placemat – from Happy Together

placemat used as a frame

You can use a placemat as a frame like this from The Thrifty Rebel

Coasters made from placemats via Craftionary

These coasters are made from placemats – see the tutorial at  Craftionary

framed placemat art via Thrifty Decor Chick

If you find a pretty placemat you can frame it for some easy DIY art like this one from Thrifty Decor Chick

bedside caddy made from placemats

Here’s a bedside caddy you can make from 2 placemats via Instructables

bamboo placemat vases

You can take some bamboo placemats and make these vases from In This Life

pillow made from a table runner

I’m including this pillow even though it’s not made from a placemat. Instead I used a tablerunner!  You can see more photos here A Cultivated Nest Making My Kitchen More Summery

Hope you found some inspiration!

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Comments

  1. We saw gorgeous metallic style place mats at a gift shop in Saugatuck, Michigan. They were so expensive, up close to $20.00 each. But now I can see what I could have done with just one of them!

  2. I love the pillows and your table runner pillow the best of all. I have seen some wonderful reversible ones with contrasting sides in a little store near here. I need to go see if they have any that would work here for pillows. Of course, with my luck they won’t be selling any any more.

  3. Lots of great ideas, Manuela! I’ve made pillows from placemats. Clever to use the plastic ones as a back splash. That would be great for an apartment. I also like the clutch. I’ll have to check out that post.

  4. Great ideas Manuela! I see several that I would like to try:) Sending HUGS your way!

  5. So many great ideas. I am another one that has made the decorative pillows.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

  6. Very good ideas. I have used placemats for many things…especially those quilted ones…make them over to wall-hangings and tea cozies. Those are pedestrian ideas, though, compared to these.

  7. I am so pleased to see placemats used as back splash in the kitchen. Mentally calculating how many I shall need…

    • Manuela Williams says:

      Yes, I thought it was a fabulous idea! There was another kitchen I found that also used placemats and they didn’t take them all the way to the bottom of the cabinets. Search on pinterest and I’m sure you’ll find that one.

  8. My goodness Manuela! You’ve managed to cultivate some amazing ideas here! The backsplash caught my eye because I had those placemats recently but when we consolidated two households into one I parted with them.

    Thank you as always for the inspirationa!