Last week I showed you my Mother’s Day picnic with mom and I mentioned that I stenciled some napkins to create fun placemats. Today I am going to show you how to stencil placemats as promised. You could create any sort of placemat doing this. And it’s easy and turned out great!
How to Stencil Placemats:
Placemats (or cloth napkins which is what I used. I got the napkins at World Market. Target has good prices on placemats.)
Stencil or Contact Paper to create your own stencil
DecoArt Paint: I did this with 2 different ones. The pictures above are with Americana Craft paint in white and below I will show you the SoSoft fabric paint (with glitter built in!) Either works, it depends on the look you want.
If you end up using napkins like I did you might have to size them down to fit your purposes. I just chopped off the top and hemmed it.
Tape your placemat to your work surface using painter’s tape. Try to get it nice and smooth and tight:
I created my own stencil from contact paper. I cut it out with my Silhouette cutting machine but you could also use an exacto knife. Or just buy a premade stencil. Because I was using contact paper and it was already sticky I didn’t need to tape it down but if you are using a non sticky stencil, use painters tape to help hold it in place.
Then just start brushing your paint on with a paint brush: (oooh-see my sparkles in this paint! Fun right?)
When you finish one section just peel off your stencil and move it to the next section and do it again until you have it all covered.
You can see how the fabric glitter paint looks:
I decided that for this project I preferred the bolder Americana craft paint. But the glitter paint would be great for some projects too.
Have fun with this! Then try a fun spring picnic.