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The Best Ideas For Making Placemats for Your Tables

Making placemats for your table is both very easy and fun. It’s one way to make sure that your dining tables look unique.

When making your own DIY placemats you can start from scratch by making them from fabric and other materials. Or you can repurpose and update old mats using decoupage.

With decoupage, you can make mats for a special occasion by giving them a theme such as Christmas, Easter, or even a birthday celebration.

My mother has some gorgeous vintage Christmas table mats that are only used for about 2 weeks of the year. However, she has had them for over 30 years, so they are still well used.

Our everyday placemats were actually made by adding maps to some old existing mats. I used tourist maps from our favorite vacation to make them. They often spark conversation around the dinner table about special trips. The map DIY placemats also go very well with the personalized map chairs I have around the table.

making placemats the 25 best DIYs

Placemats V Tablecloths

Even though placemats and tablecloths provide the same function in protecting the table, I think mats are more modern. Tablecloths may be good for grand functions, but they look a bit old-fashioned for every day.

It’s a lot easier to plonk a mat onto a table than a tablecloth. They are more flexible and can easily be placed on any surface you might want to eat off from a kitchen island, indoor or outdoor table.

Placemats tend to be thicker than tablecloths even the fabric ones. This means that they are better at protecting the table from heat than a tablecloth.

Many placemats can easily just be wiped clean at the end of the dinner, whilst tablecloths need to be washed and ironed.

The versatilities of mats aren’t just around dining. They can be used to protect the table from plant pot bottoms and fruit bowls that may grace the table. Personally, I use a placemat under my laptop when working on the dining room table to protect it.

I think placemats work well when used in conjunction with a table runner. The table runner will protect the center of your table.

If you have a beautiful wooden or marble dining table, it seems a shame to hide the surface with a tablecloth. By using placemats, you can still appreciate the beauty of your table.

On the contrary, if your dining table has seen better days, you might want to hide it all with a tablecloth.

Making Placemats – The 25 Best Ideas

Here is a collection of tutorials for making placemats for your home. Some are made from fabric, others wood and even tiles. I’m sure there is a DIY placemat idea here that will inspire you to create your own.


Thursday 11th of March 2021

Anyone of these place matts would make a lovely gift. You've really got me thinking with all the inspiration provided. Thank you for sharing it at the Friday with Friends link party!

Claire Armstrong

Friday 12th of March 2021

Thank you so much, they are fun ideas.


Sunday 7th of March 2021

What a pretty assortment of placemats, Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 7th of March 2021

Thank you so much.

Linda Nelson

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

Great ideas! I really love the scrap fabric example - ideal as trivets.

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

Thank you, those ones are lovely and colourful.

Michelle Leslie

Saturday 27th of February 2021

What a beautiful collection of placemat ideas, Claire. There are quite a few here that make me long for the days when we could entertain lots of people. But hey, I can always get cracking now and make a few for when things return to normal again ;-)

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 27th of February 2021

Thank you, and thanks for your Newspaper placemats.