Make Farmhouse-Inspired Rustic Rope Placemats
Use inexpensive rope from the hardware store to make easy DIY placemats and you’ll have a trendy update to your home decor.
Hi friends! I sure hope you had a wonderful Memorial day holiday this past week! Maybe you found some time to create and craft or garden outdoors like I did! I’m so happy that spring is finally here in Colorado since I’ve been itching to start grilling out and eating outdoors on the patio.
Weather permitting, we’ll eat most meals outside this summer which is why I wanted some new farmhouse inspired placemats that I could use indoors or out. I’d seen some rope placemats at the store with a price tag of $30. each and decided (as I often do) to make my own—a much cheaper version of the rustic placemats I found at the store.
One trip to Home Depot and I was set to make my knock-off rope placemats. It took a bit of time to do the wrapping and glueing of the rope, but this is one super-easy craft that can be done with minimal and inexpensive supplies!
Ready for a fun craft that yields a sturdy placemat you can use year-round, indoors or out?
Materials For DIY Rope Placemats:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Hot glue Finger guard from Ad Tech (trust me, these help a lot while securing the rope with glue)
Natural fiber manilla rope in thickness of your choice (I used 45 yards of 1/4” rope for one 13 1/2” placemat)
Optional: yarn for embellishment
Video Demonstration of Making Farmhouse-Inspired Rustic Rope Placemats
Instructions for Making Farmhouse-Inspired Rustic Rope Placemats:
Decide the size of your desired placemat. I did this by measuring my favorite plate and adding 2 1/2” to this diameter.
Heat up your glue gun to a high temperature and unwrap rope. I highly suggest using a finger guard or heat resistant gloves for this project, as you’ll be touching the hot glue several times.
The trickiest part of this project is the beginning when you begin wrapping the rope in a tight circle and glueing. Begin by bending your rope and wrapping into a small tight circle and glue securely. Be sure to wrap tightly for the first several rounds.
Continue wrapping and holding securely, using hot glue on each wrap.
As you work your way around the placemat, begin adding a bit more glue, every 4-5”. Hold securely before moving on to the next section.
When you get to your desired size, cut rope and glue securely down. Note: for my 13 1/2” placemat, I used 45 yards of 1/4” rope.
If desired, embellish your placemat with yarn or cording. Secure with hot glue.
After the glue is completely dry on your placemat you may have areas where the glue is showing. You can easily pull those areas off.
Now its time to enjoy your new farmhouse inspired placemats, whether indoors or out! They’ll be the perfect sturdy placemat for the summer which can be dressed up or down depending on your chosen china. They’ll lend a rustic elegance to any table or decor!