Do you want a reception with rustic elegance, but are on a tight budget with no time? These easy burlap placemats are not only economical, they are a quick make and elegant to boot. Round up your wedding party and you can make your reception tables shine!
- Hot Glue Gun
- Embellishment (e.g. beads, seashells)
Step 1: Cut the burlap to the appropriate size. A little pre-game prep is needed in this area if you’re going to have a large number of guests. Figure out how much burlap you need per place setting, then buy your burlap rolls accordingly (mine was purchased for $6 for 9 yards. Roughly enough to make 10-12 placemats).
Pro Tip: cut all of your place mats in one sitting, using the first one you cut as a reference. Making a small mark with a sharpie where you need to cut will assist in making them uniform, and it will be covered up by the lace later in the project. Win win!
Step 2: Cut the lace for the top and bottom edges of the place mat. This step you don’t have to do all at once, because you can trim the lace to match the mat it’s going on to. Be careful not to cut your lace too short – you don’t want to run out of lace!
Next, simply hot glue the lace onto the desired edges of the mat, and trim to fit! If you prefer more of a simple setting, you can skip the next two steps (the embellishments) and be finished.
Pro Tip: When choosing your ribbon and lace, try to find one that is closest to cloth. Anything too shimmery will clash with your burlap and will be more difficult to glue later on.
Step 3: Use your hot glue gun to attach your beads to the bottom right corner of your placemat. I used a simple flower pattern with a larger bead in the center for contrast. You can also use seashells, tissue paper flowers (perhaps simply for your wedding party – those flowers can be hard to master!), or whatever you choose as embellishment.
Step 4: This was my personal favorite part of the process – making the ribbon flower. Make sure your ribbon is cloth and not too slick, otherwise it will be extremely difficult to make, and it will come out looking like a Christmas bow instead of a wedding embellishment.
Start with one end of the ribbon and fold it over on itself. You can either glue it down, or use a needle and thread for each petal. Repeat this five times (or until desired size of flower is reached).
Step 5: Use your hot glue gun to apply the flower to the burlap, and then attach a center bead (or decoration of your choice) to finish of the flower.
Now you’re finished! You’ve created, in less than ten minutes, an elegant and rustic place setting that will look great in photos, and can also be taken home by your guests as favors.