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diy burlap placemats

diy burlap placemats

as I was planning for easter dinner, I searched all over for Pinterest for cute ideas and loved these round burlap placemats I kept seeing. I then looked at target, Walmart, world market, pier1, almost everywhere to find them for a decent price. but, to fit my group of 15, I needed to spend almost $200 to have enough!!! this disappointed me and after hours of searching and deciding if the were worth it, I thought to myself... hey! I can make these! I found 98 feet of jute/burlap at hobby lobby, gathered some helping hands and got to work! WHAT YOU NEED:

-about 19 feet of jute per placemat

-hot glue (I recommend using the glue pictured. it is more clear than others I used and you couldn't see it as much)

-glue gun

-an extra set of hands because it is almost impossible to do alone

-some free time and a good tv program (these do take about 20 min each)

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first, cut the jute to 19 feet or however long desired. then hot glue the tips of the rope to avoid it unwinding.

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next, hot glue along the inside of the rope and pull the tip in, pressing it into the glue and starting the circle shape.

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then glue a little more and pull in, continuing the circular shape. this part is important to create your shape and make the foundation.

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continue to glue little portions at a time. I recommend one person glueing and one person wrapping the rope around and holding it.

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put a little more glue on the end tip and press it against the mat to secure its place. let them cool and harden for a few min and its done!

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get ready to host some parties!!

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in the end, I spent a total of about $30 on 15 placemats. in my book that's a win. I love when you can make something for much cheaper than you can buy. and although they took a while, they are super cute and I will use them a ton, and maybe even sell some!

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