Ashley’s Burlap Placemats

Hey Guys!  So, this has been the week for finishing prolonged projects!  It has been too cold and rainy to finish any of my outdoor projects so, I turned to my inside projects.  I am happy to say that I FINALLY finished my burlap placemats!  Whitney and I started these several months ago but I set them aside to finish some other outdoor projects.  These were so easy and super cheap ~ my favorite kind of DIY!
I started with a cut of medium colored burlap from Hobby Lobby for less that $1.50 per yard!  I then cut each placemat to a 19″ x 14″ dimension.  I chose this deminsion based on a charger we measured it against.
Using a thin line of hot glue, I trimmed the outer perimeter of each placemat with brown 7/8″ grosgrain ribbon.
Next, I used 4 ply jute twine to accent the corners!
I placed a small dab of glue in the center of each corner…
secured the end of the twine…
and began to coil the twine around, hot gluing as I wrapped, to form a small circle.
I am loving numbers right now so I used my Cricut to cut a stencil for each placemat.  I dry brushed each number with Burnt Umber using my stencil brush.  Just dab up and down.
Using the same technique and paint color, I cut another stencil to add a design under each number.
My finished burlap placemats!
Cost and time were so minimal in this project and I love the texture they add to my dining room!  Weather man is calling for more wet and cold days ahead so it looks like I will be stuck inside catching up on some other fogotten projects…. and of course I will share them when they are complete!  Happy Sunday!


  1. Memphis Mama on October 12, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Would you maybe post a picture of your dining room? I swear it is painted the same color as mine and the furniture looks similar and I am in a decorating funk as to what to do with it…just thought I'd ask! I always love your projects and would love to see what you did with the entire room;)

  2. livinthesimplelife on October 12, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Burlap + stenciled numbers = heavenly! 🙂

  3. Sarah on October 12, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    how creative! these turned out fantastic.

  4. The DIY Show Off on October 12, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    So cute! I'm going to add it to the DIY Burlap/Jute Shout Out.
    Glad you're feeling better Whitney!



  5. Sue on October 12, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Ashley, These turned out very cute! I like the jute embellishment in the corners… As for practicality, does burlap clean up well? I would probably be the one spilling red wine or spaghetti sauce on them! LOL I like the idea of a table runner, like your first commenter. Thanks for the idea.
    🙂 Sue

  6. Kari @ Ucreate on October 12, 2009 at 2:14 pm


  7. ...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... on October 12, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I LOVE this idea! Too fun!

  8. REbekah on October 12, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Seriously….SERIOUSLY!!! How cool are YOU BOTH!!?!?!? EVERY DAY you inspire me!!! EVERY DAY, I tell ya!!! Thanks for all the ideas!! Keep it up!!!! HUGS!! – REbekah

  9. Sherri S on October 12, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    These look REALLY nice! Inexpensive and easy. Great combos! Always love all of ya'lls ideas. You just keep inspiring!

  10. Diane Duda on October 12, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Love this blog! Thanks for all of the inspiration!!!

  11. Sheri on October 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Love it! I think you already linked to me but just in case:

    I have a linky party going on, come by and link up!

  12. Kimm at Reinvented on October 12, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Fabulous. I am really loving the texture of burlap, and have some ideas brewing to update my family room. Since that room is attached to my kitchen, I will try some burlap in there too!

  13. { L } on October 12, 2009 at 6:55 am

    These rock! Beautiful stencils!

  14. [email protected] Charm on October 12, 2009 at 3:43 am

    BURLAP is my new best friend…these are just too cute! Thanks for sharing the idea.


  15. the7daggetts on October 12, 2009 at 3:30 am

    I love them!! So cute. I am gonna have to try this myself. 🙂

  16. Diann on October 12, 2009 at 3:29 am

    So, very cute! Simple and easy, something fun to do in an evening! Thanks for sharing the great idea!

  17. Miss Mustard Seed on October 12, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Very simple project, but great impact. So cute as always!

  18. Paula on October 12, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Those look great! I love how you added the jute detail on the corners.

  19. KellyH on October 12, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Too Cute. You Girls are great! Do you ever sleep? Just curious 🙂

  20. Kim @ NewlyWoodwards on October 12, 2009 at 1:10 am

    This is so cute. I love the idea of trimming it with grosgrain ribbon. I actually have a few yards of burlap. I may have to try something similar as a tablerunner.

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