DIY for the Non-DIYer: Placemat Art in 3 Steps
In last week’s tip we talked about when to hire a contractor and when to tackle the job yourself. We left our contractor to tackle removing this railing and replace it with a feature wall while we stuck to something just a tad bit easier, creating art! By the way, here’s the finished feature wall!
Have you ever shopped for art? Not at a gallery, but at Home Goods or Bed Bath & Beyond? When you’re buying multiple pieces at $40 to $100 a piece, even mass produced art can get expensive very quickly. I get it…sometimes you find that perfect piece, the one you can’t live without and you buy it. No harm , no foul, but we’ve found ways around dropping a ton of money on art and today I am going to share one of the easiest DIY projects we’ve ever done. This is DIY for the non-DIYer!
Even if you don’t do DIY or are afraid to try something new, I urge you to start here because it really doesn’t get easier than this little project. The best part is that even though it’s easy, it’s astoundingly beautiful and costs under $20. Have I peaked your interest? I call it Placemat Art.
Our last few weeks were spent working on a multi-purpose home office space, and our budget was pretty tight. I wanted some framed art to flank either side of this window but kept running into the issue of running out of money.
As I was walking through Target, I stumbled onto their Home Decor Christmas section and fell in love with these Gold Floral Placemats for $5.
These were definitely too beautiful to eat off of (the pic does not do it justice) and they went perfectly with our color palette in the space which was muted yellows, beige & browns, creams, and a pop of blue. Instead of using them as placemats these guys would become my wall art.
We purchased these Virserum frames for $15 from Ikea (which is definitely the best bang for your buck when it comes to frames), and those 2 items were all I needed to buy to complete this project. The rest of the materials, tape and scissors, were already at home.
Here’s how the project plays out.
Step 1: I ironed the placemats. I wanted them to look as clean as crisp as possible. You may or may not need to skip this step. *Be aware of your settings on the iron or make sure to lay a towel over the placemats so they don’t get singed.
Step 2: I opened the frame, removed the backing and laid my placemat where I wanted it. I wanted the floral part centered so I laid it out accordingly. I cut mine down so as not to have to deal with excess material and then taped it in place.
Step 3: Replace the backing, hang and enjoy!
We loved this project for its ease to create as well as its ease on our budget! By the way, the multi-functional office/den/guest room (couch is a sofa bed) came out awesome! We got tears of joy which is always win, and we’re already looking at our next project! Take a look at the before and after shots and let us know what you think.
Create. Innovate. Decorate!