09 Jul

DIY Tutorial: Rustic-Chic Placemat Stencil

finished DIY chalk placemat setting

As I’m sure many of you know, planning a party can often be hectic and/or expensive, so when it comes to simple & affordable hacks that don’t skimp on classiness, I’m all in!! And I’ve also got the perfect example to share with you today…  Elizabeth from Bump Smitten sent over this ingenious trick for dressing up your tablescapes, complete with step-by-step photos & instructions + downloads of the templates! This is such a versatile look… perfect for adding a touch of rustic flair to so many types of themes & materials. Read on for all the clever details. (Thanks again, Elizabeth!)



by Bump Smitten

I see a lot of craft paper popping up in many different types of parties. Its cheap and very rustic/chic. I used the same idea as chalk on black chalkboard paint, but with white paint pens on brown craft paper. It’s cost effective and a fun alternative to fabric place mats. Bonus Tip: You could also use the white pens to write the names of your guests!

Here’s what you’ll need:
– Craft Paper
– Printed Placemat Templates (download for free here & here)
– 11×17 Thick Paper
– Thick White Paint Pen
– Thin White Paint Pen
– Tape
– Scissors

diy chalk placemats


1. Cover your table with craft paper (make sure it overlaps down the center of the table). Print up both templates on 11×17 paper (either at your local print shop or home printer). Each template has 2 pages, 4 total.

diy chalk placemats

2. Tape both sheets from the large and small template pdf together. Line them up in the middle — there should be a small overlap. In the end, you will have 2 place mats, a large one and slightly smaller one. Cut out each template along the black lines.

diy chalk placemats

3. Place the large placemat stencil on the craft paper where you want the plate to sit. Outline this template with the larger white paint pen. Once you’re done, go back along the line 2-3 times until its a thicker white line.

diy chalk placemats

4. Center the smaller template inside the larger one. Outline this template with the thin white paint pen. Once you’re done, retrace the line 2-3 times until it is a darker white line.

diy chalk placemats

5. Once you’ve completed one placemat outline, repeat the rest until done. I found it easier to use a tape measure to position each setting.

diy chalk placemats

6. Center your plates inside the outline. Decorate the table with napkins, silverware, candles and flowers.

diy chalk placemats

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Heather Gilmour SAYS:

July 10, 2014 at 10:23 am

@sandraleegarth SAYS:

The possibilities are endless with this one! http://t.co/VtOuxmEtu4

July 10, 2014 at 8:29 am

Sandra Garth SAYS:

Im going to have so much fun with this one, thank you!

July 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm

@jodifritch SAYS:

Filing this one away for my next wine dinner DIY Tutorial: Rustic-Chic Placemat Stencil http://t.co/i3Saz64GOG

July 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm

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July 11, 2014 at 9:50 am

Belgravia SAYS:

Such a great idea!

February 10, 2015 at 5:41 am

Helena Smith SAYS:

Wonderful idea will try it for some birthday for sure :)

May 20, 2015 at 1:55 am

Andrea Perry SAYS:

I could try with gift wrap and black marker for hollydays :)

June 6, 2015 at 1:15 am

Clara Fabian SAYS:

Hello everyone,
Thanks to Bump Smitten for the perfect tutorial. Excellent idea, well done! It is pleasure for me to know that so creative people exist.

November 15, 2015 at 6:36 am

Liam Cox SAYS:

Hey, this is a great idea! I already try it and everyone was truly surprised on my birthday party!

November 27, 2015 at 4:50 am
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