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DIY Placemats for Fall

My DIY burlap placemats Fall and Thanksgiving are the perfect easy projects to get your Thanksgiving table setting started off with a bang. Colors of orange and brown create the ultimate autumn feel. With a set of four, you can easily serve a small crowd.
Course craft
Keyword cloth placemats, dinner placemats, set of 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Makes 4 placemats
Author Angie Holden
Cost $10

What You Will Need

  • burlap You will need two of these pieces to get four placemats. If you need more placemats, simply buy more pieces of burlap!
  • stencils
  • ribbon
  • stencil brush


  • First, place the burlap over a placemat and cut the burlap out to match the size of the placemat.
    burlap on table
  • Next, I pulled away about three strings from each side to create a frayed edge. If you are worried about your placemat continuing to fray, you can use fray check all around the edges of your finished product.
  • Then count in from one edge about eight strings and start pulling strings out. You can literally just pull a middle string easily.
    burlap on table
  • Pull enough strings so that your ribbon will fit through the burlap. In my case, it was around eight strings.
    ribbon through burlap
  • Start threading through your ribbon. I went five strings and then repeated — in and out of my placemat all the way down the burlap.
    ribbon through burlap
  • Now, it is time to add why we are all gathered together on Thanksgiving. I spelled “THANKFUL” down the side of each of my placemats with the stencil and white paint.
  • You could, of course, add different words to each of your placemats. I loved the thankful sentiment so I kept all four of mine consistent. Have fun with the different words!
    burlap with thankful on it
  • After your paint has dried, iron your placemats and they are ready to add to your Thanksgiving table!