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DIY Challenge Tablescape Inspiration

DIY Thanksgiving Challenge

I’m so excited to be a part of this months DIY Challenge Tablescape Inspiration!

Each month our hostess Terrie, from Decorate And More With Tip and more, challenges us to make a fabulous DIY project. This months challenge was to make something for our Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving placesretting

On a recent trip to Hobby Lobby, I saw the cutest burlap placemats that had words of gratitude printed on one end.

I was in a rush and thought that I’d come back later and pick them up for my Thanksgiving table.

Can you say bad life decision?

Of course, when I went back, they were sold out!

My solution? To make my own.

Burlap material, scissors

Step 1:

I found my burlap material at HobLob, for $3.88 per yard, less my 40% coupon.

Cut out a 14 x 20 rectangle from the material.

One rectangle for each placemat you plan to make.

sewing machine, burlap material

Step 2:

Once you have your rectangles cut out, sew one half inch all the way around each placemat.

burlap material

Step 3:

Once you have sewn the outer edge, start pulling strings off of the edge to give it a tiny fringe.

Sewing around the outer edge of the placemat stops your placemat from unraveling more than you want it to.


Step 4:

Now to put the words of gratitude on the placemats.

You could use any stencil you have to put the words on the end of the placemat, however I didn’t have one that would fit.

I made my own stencil using my Silhouette.

Vinyl stencil

Step 5:

I knew that I probably wouldn’t use these again, so I made my stencil out of vinyl.

Simply, cut it out, then using transfer tape, peel it off and stick it onto the placemat.

stencil, painting

Step 6:

Once that was done, it is simply a matter of adding paint.

Give each placemat 2 coats of paint.

Once the paint has dried, remove the stencil

Thanksgiving placemats

I love that the words on the placemats are subtle.

I feel like this DIY is super simple, but has a lot of impact.

Which is my kind of DIY!

Now my Thanksgiving table is ready for the holiday.

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  1. Love these, I would have to skip the sewing part but think I could pull this off.

    Love your dishes too. They look familiar. Trying to figure out where I saw these in the past.

    Enjoy your day


    1. Cindy you certainly could do it without sewing. The dishes were gifted to me by Rita at Panopoly a few years ago. They are Better Home and Garden. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Cindy I love the bold colors too, although I don’t use them that often. Every time I get them out to use I wonder why I don’t. Thanks so much!

  2. Tammy, I don’t know where to start. I love everything your table has on it. That pumpkin is so darn cute. The napkins are beautiful and the placemats makes it all blend nicely. I love that you made those instead of purchasing them. Love the inspiration you provided for us. Beautiful table. Happy Fall!

    1. Terrie you are always so sweet! Thank you for your kind words. The napkins were a semi-DIY a few years ago. Pioneer woman napkins with added trim. Thanks for including me in the DIY Challenge! Happy Fall to you too.

  3. The colors really stood out. I love the touch of teal with the fall colors. I want to sit down at this table and just enjoy a nice meal with my family and friends. So welcoming! And your DIY…want to make my own now. Wish I had a vinyl stencil tool. Might have to add it to my wish list for Santa ;>).

    1. Kelli you will love having a Silhouette/Cricket! I use it all the time. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week. Happy Fall!

  4. Tammy, I love burlap and I love stenciling. What a great idea for a holiday runner. Words evoke so much in the way of memories at the holiday time. I have made stencils with my Cricut and now also use those from A Makers’ Studio. Nothing is more special than creating a handmade item for your home decor.

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