A beautifully decorated dining table with placemats is essential for any memorable Christmas gathering since it reflects the warmth and cheer of the season. For those who want to add a personal touch to their table settings without spending a fortune, a DIY approach to creating custom Christmas placemats is the perfect solution.
This article guides you through a simple, budget-friendly process to create eye-catching and unique Christmas placemats. Get ready to impress your guests and elevate your holiday table decor!
1. Gather your supplies
- Plain placemats. I found red and teal at Walmart
- Linen napkins. I bought mine from Pioneer Woman
- Different stencils for each placemat
- Two jute placemats for the head of the table
- Painter’s tape (optional)
- Stencil brush or sponge
To ensure your stenciled placemats last through many holiday seasons, make sure to use washable acrylic paint. This type of paint is easy to clean and maintain. When it’s time to wash your placemats, simply follow the care instructions on the label, taking care to avoid high heat settings that may cause the paint to crack or peel.
2. Pick your stencils
Begin by selecting a unique stencil for each of your red and teal placemats. You can find a wide range of Christmas-themed stencils at your local craft store or online. Make sure the stencils are sized appropriately for your placemats.
3. Apply acrylic washable craft paint
Place the stencil onto the placemat, securing it with painter’s tape if necessary. Use a stencil brush or sponge to dab acrylic washable craft paint over the stencil, being careful not to apply too much paint to avoid bleeding. After covering the entire stencil design, carefully remove the stencil and let the paint dry completely.
4. Add variety to the table setting with jute placemats
To add a touch of texture and variety to your table setting, consider placing two jute placemats at the head of the table. These natural fiber placemats will highlight your stenciled creations and add an interesting contrast that elevates the overall look of your holiday table.
5. Incorporate linen napkins
The Pioneer Woman’s linen napkins feature fun color combinations that will perfectly complement your stenciled placemats. By using these vibrant napkins alongside your placemats, you’ll create a cohesive and visually appealing table setting that’s perfect for any festive gathering. Check out more winter decor ideas.
Here’s a video guide that better illustrates the process behind crafting these wonderful Christmas placemats.