17 Easy DIY Placemats For Gorgeous Table Settings


Placemats are not just a great way to protect your table, they can be a beautiful way to compliment your home decor, and they can also help make a decorative statement at your next dinner party. You don’t have to spend a fortune on table placemats with these great DIY ideas and you can easily customize the design to your own style.

I love the look of my wood dining table, so I don’t like using a table cloth to protect my table by covering the whole thing. These gorgeous DIY table mats are the perfect way to protect your table and add some style. You’ll find a couple of sturdy plywood-backed table mats, easy paper table mats, beautifully painted and sewn table mats, and much much more!

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You’ll find placemats for all tastes! There are name, coastal, quilted, paper daisy, modern, dyed bamboo, no-sew, dip-dyed fabric, chalkboard, pom-pom fringe, photo, reversible, burlap stenciled, glitter, watermelon quilted, watercolor, and even tile placemats!


For Thanksgiving this year, you’ll want to check out these great ideas for the kids’ table placemats. I love the kraft paper table mats (#4) and free printable table mats (#3) that the kids can color as they wait for dinner to be served! Click here for the kids’ placemat ideas –>7 Thanksgiving Placemats for Kids


Easy Name Placemat
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17. Easy Name Placemat

Customizing placemats is an excellent idea and super easy if you own a Cricut machine. They create such a beautiful and classy table setting under clear plates. Perfect for bridal and baby showers! Click here for the tutorial –> Easy DIY Name Placemat

DIY Coastal Placemats

16. DIY Coastal Placemat

Plywood is a cheap material but this round coastal placemat looks more like a Pottery Barn find than a DIY. With a little paint and plywood, you can create a table mat with your own custom design and save some money too! Click here for the tutorial –> DIY Coastal Placemats

Circular Quilted Placemat

15. Circular Quilted Placemat

Put your sewing skills to good use and make this gorgeous quilted placemat! Sew Circular Quilted Placemats

** Update ** Featured blogger has taken down their site. However, I loved the idea so much that I kept it here for you.

Easy Paper Daisy Placemat

14. Easy Paper Daisy Placemat

A paper placemat is a cinch to make and the floral theme makes an excellent choice for a spring or Easter table setting. The wide flower will help protect your table from unintended spills and the bright colored plates make for a bright spring flower look. Kara’s design creates an easy to clean table setting as the paper placemats set can just be tossed out after dinner. Click here for the tutorial –> Easy DIY Paper Daisy Placemats

Modern Placemat

13. Modern Placemat

The grid theme is still trending and this simple placemat project uses some cheap woven vinyl with amazing results. The placemats sets are easy to clean as you can just wipe down the vinyl. Sarah’s dining table mats tutorial also has a fun charcuterie plate idea that she has included. Click here for the tutorial –> Modern Grid Placemats


  • white pleather (cut to 12″ x 16″ sheets)
  • thin washi tape
  • painter’s tape
  • black craft paint
  • flat paintbrush
  • ruler

DIY Dyed Bamboo Placemat

12. DIY Dyed Bamboo Placemat

Making your own bamboo table placemats looks so fun it’s definitely worth a try. They are a super fun table setting for your outdoor party or just a simple dinner on the deck! Click here for the tutorial –> DIY Dyed Bamboo Placemats

No Sew DIY Placemat

11. No-Sew DIY Placemat

These table placemats are a simple project and they use plastic-coated fabric also known as oilcloth which means they will be resistant to spills and easy to clean. {high five}

Get tutorial here: No-Sew DIY Placemat

Dip Dyed Fabric Placemat

10. Dip Dyed Fabric Placemat

It turns out dip dyeing fabric makes a beautiful watercolor placemat that will definitely impress your guests. These are made with a heavy linen and fabric dye. Both can easily be found at a fabric store. These dining table mats will definitely make a statement at your next dinner party. Click here for the tutorial –> Dip Dyed Fabric Placemats

DIY Chalkboard Placemat

9. DIY Chalkboard Placemat

Making chalkboard table placemats seems like a fantastic idea as they can be decorated for any occasion as well as personalized! They are an adorable farmhouse look that will protect your table and be easy to clean! Click here for the tutorial –> DIY Chalkboard Placemats

Pom Pom Fringe Placemat

8. Pom Pom Fringe Placemat

Adding pom poms to plain placemats will give them the wow factor your table decor needs. These table placemats are super easy to make and as a bonus, Katie also shows you how to make coordinating napkins! Click here for the tutorial –> DIY Pom Pom Fringe Placemats

Supplies Needed:

  • 1/2″ – 3/4″ Pom-Pom Fringe [available at any fabric store]
  • Plain Placemats
  • Plain Cloth Dinner Napkins 
  • Hot Glue Gun + Glue Sticks
DIY Photo Placemat

7. DIY Photo Table Mat

Here’s an easy method to transfer photos onto a cork placemat. You could even make one table mat for each family member and use photos from family vacations as a cool keepsake and a way to start some dinner conversation. Click here for the tutorial–> DIY Cork Placemats With Photo Transfer

DIY Reversible Placemat

6. DIY Reversible Placemat

Just follow this simple sewing tutorial to make these beautiful reversible placemats. You really only need to know how to sew a straight line, they are so simple! {squeals} KC uses some interfacing between the two layers so that the placemats set nicely with a bit of extra weight. Her applique is placed where the silverware goes to create an easy table setting. These table placemats are also machine washable and easy to clean! Click here for the tutorial –> DIY Reversible Placemats


DIY Burlap Stenciled Placemat

5. DIY Burlap Stenciled Placemat

Burlap placemats make beautiful rustic and cozy dining table mats. This tutorial will show you just how easy it is to stencil them. You can stencil any fun words that you want, holiday theme words, or make them personalized with family names.  Click here for the tutorial –> DIY Burlap Stenciled Placemats

Tip: Burlap is best cleaned by hand washing!

DIY Glitter Placemat

4. DIY Glitter Placemat

These table placemats are super creative and perfect for parties and birthdays! They are a fan favorite over at the Ruffled blog, and these glittery table placemats are surprisingly easy to make. Click here for the tutorial –>: DIY Liquid Filled Glitter Placemats

Watermelon Quilted Placemat

3. Watermelon Quilted Placemat

Quilted placemats look amazing and if you enjoy quilting you should definitely try this fun summer project. Because the placemat is machine washable, they are also easy to clean up! Click here for the placemat pattern and instructions –> Fruity Watermelon Quilted Placemats

DIY Watercolor Placemat

2. DIY Watercolor Placemat

Transform your ordinary placemats into their bold and colorful versions with this super easy tutorial. They are perfect for summer parties and barbeques. You don’t have to be a great artist to make these fun table placemats. Click here for the tutorial –> DIY Watercolor Placemats

Supplies Needed:

  • Paintbrush
  • Woven Placemats
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Water
DIY Tile Placemats

1. DIY Tile Placemats

It looks like you can use a wide assortment of materials for making your own placemats and tile is one of them! These beautiful dining table mats are made with tile sheets and a bit of plywood. They are super easy to clean and Teri shows you how to make matching coasters.  They are a stylish way to protect your table. Click here for the tutorial –>: DIY Tile Placemats


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