Have you ever looked at a decorative piece or a surface in your house before and realized it would just look better if it had some kind of mat or covering over or under it? Sometimes it’s just the right thing to complete the look and make things look a little more well rounded. Of course, there are all kinds of pretty pieces you can buy in stores to set trinkets or drinks on around your home, but I always feel a little more accomplished when I’ve made something myself. That’s how I came up with this stylish round jute placemat idea!
I’ve worked hard to establish a slightly rustic chic aesthetic around my house and I miss this piece to suit that, so I thought maybe other DIY enthusiasts who have the same taste might like to see how I did it, Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Jute yarn
- Hot glue
Apply hot glue to one end of your jute rope. Carefully curl the end in on itself, rounding it over to stick to itself so you have a curved shape to start your spiral with. This is the starting shape that you’ll wrap the rest of your placemat around.
Turn your curled shape to the side so you can see a flat top surface and apply more hot glue to the side edge. Keep curling your shape around so it meets up with its own still-attached end continuously, continuing your spiral shape and making your flat circle’s diameter bigger.
Keep applying glue to your flat outer edge all the way around your circle, spiralling it to stick down even more rope and make your shape even bigger. Continue until the placemat is the size you want it to be! As it grows, you might notice that it flops and gets a little harder to keep perfectly flat as the glue dries. Feel free to lay it flat on the tabletop and adjust it at any time, just to keep things in line and along the right shape.
Once you’ve gotten your jute placemat the size that you want it to be, apply one last strip of glue and firmly stick down what will be your end. Flatten the shape out and cut your placemat free from whatever excess rope you might have left. Voila!
It really is that simple! Just in case you’d like to try this project out for yourself, here’s a fantastic tutorial video to help you!