My sister Maria Olímpia gave me the best gifts ever. She knew I like handmade stuff, and every time I went back to Brazil to visit my family she would give me something special.
One of these gifts was a set of handmade round placemats made out of cardboard and fabric. I use them on our everyday meals a lot, and to keep them looking good I just use a slightly damp cloth.
This year, I decided to make new ones giving them a decorative Christmas flair. This is such an effortless and economical way to add style and charm to a table, and I love them.
While I used Cynthia Rowley napkins to make my new placemat set, grab any beautiful fabric you can get your hands on.
- cardboard - the best type to use is dense cardboard, usually found in craft and/or art supply stores, they are strong and not too thick. Do not use cake round boards as they are made out of corrugated cardboard, and their rough edges will show and they will look shabby.
- round template - I used a round tray
- fabric of your choice
- craft glue - modge podge is the best for this project
- foam brush
Step One: Trace the round template onto the back of the fabric.
Step Two: Carefully cut out the circles.
Step Three: Use the foam brush to spread the glue onto each circle onto the cardboard, and glue the fabric to the cardboard.