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How To Make Tropical Round Placemats With Raffia And Burlap

Looking for a fun and easy way to add a tropical touch to your tablescape? Look no further than these DIY raffia and burlap tropical round placemats! These placemats are simple to make and can be customized to your liking. You can choose different burlap and raffia colors to create your unique style placemat.

In this easy tutorial, I will show you how to make these placemats step-by-step. I will also provide some tips for making your placemats look their best. So whether you are a beginner or a seasoned DIYer, this tutorial is for you!

I made these Tropical Placemats for an upcoming Hawaiian Luau, and you will love how they look on this month’s Supper Club Luau Table.

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How To Make A Round Placemat

First, do you remember the No Sew DIY Placemats made from burlap?

I decided to use this technique for the base of the tropical round placemat design.

Supplies for DIY Placemats

Prepare Burlap for Round Placemats

Begin by cutting the burlap into smaller pieces.

I cut each piece 15 x 14 inches. The size of your placemats may vary, so be sure to allow enough fabric for each placemat.

Mix glue and water 50/50 combination and soak the burlap pieces.

Squeeze to remove excess glue and then hang to dry.

See the full tutorial for stiffening fabric here.

Once the fabric is dry, press with hot iron or heat press.

Trace Your Design

Begin by tracing your design onto the burlap.

I used a round plate charger to trace my design, and it was a perfect size for the placemats.

Use a marker to draw a circle on stiff burlap to make Tropical Round Placemats

Next, cut the round design from the burlap using sharp scissors.

Cut a round piece of stiffened burlap

Prepare the Raffia

Next, cut the raffia into 2-inch strips.

To speed up this process, I cut a 2-inch piece of cardboard and wrapped the raffia around the cardboard several times.

Then using scissors, cut both ends of the raffia, creating multiple 2-inch pieces.

Cut raffia into 2 inch pieces for tropical placemats

How To Make Tropical Round Placemats

Now you are ready to make the tropical round placemats.

First, protect your surface with parchment paper or wax paper. Don’t use paper or cardboard; the hot glue can seep through the burlap and stick. You can easily detach any accidental glue from parchment or wax paper.

Begin by adding a bead of hot glue to the edge of the round burlap. Apply small sections at a time to avoid the glue drying too fast.

Add hot glue to edges of burlap, Hawaiian Luau placemat using hot glue gun by Ryobi

Attach the raffia pieces to the hot glue. I recommend using hot glue finger protection to avoid burns.

Using hot glue add 2 inches pieces of raffia around the edges of the round placemat

Continue around the edge until the entire area is filled with raffia. Fill any gaps with additional raffia before moving to the next step.

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Seal Edges with Jute Rope

Finally, to cover the edges of the raffia, add jute rope.

Apply hot glue to the edges of the raffia where it’s attached to the burlap.

Using hot glue, add jute rope trim to round placemats, diy luau placemat, hawaiian placemat,

Work around the entire circle and cut the jute rope so both ends touch.

To finish, apply hot glue to both ends of the rope where it meets and hold it in place until it is sealed.

Add rope trim to DIY Round Placemat,  rope added to Hawaiian placemat

Tropical Round Placemat

The finished tropical round placemat will look great on any summer tablescape.

When you make your own tableware, there are so many options. These Fall Leaf Chargers, Twig Plate Chargers, and Packing Material Plate Chargers are all inexpensive projects.

DIY projects allow you to create unique one-of-a-kind details on your tables.

If you attempt a version of this project, I’d love for you to share your creativity with me.

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If you are not a DIY person, here are some options:

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Be sure to check out the Luau Supper Club tablescape for more inspiration.

With the 4th of July just around the corner, you may enjoy this festive patriotic tablescape to inspire you.

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Anne from Simply2Moms

Wednesday 21st of June 2023

This is such a fun idea! Love how affordable they are too for a themed party.


Wednesday 21st of June 2023

I appreciate this Anne.


Wednesday 21st of June 2023

Such a great idea. W love that you added the rope as well. I can’t wait to see the whole tablescape. Hugs to you.


Wednesday 21st of June 2023

Renae, Thank you so much for stopping by.

From My Neck of the Woods No. 35 ~ White Arrows Home

Sunday 19th of June 2022

[…] How amazing are these DIY tropical placemats! […]

Kristin | White Arrows Home

Sunday 19th of June 2022

Your creativity and beautiful projects are endless! Love these! Sharing them on my weekly round up today, "From My Neck of the Woods." My followers will love them!


Sunday 19th of June 2022

I appreciate this so much.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 18th of June 2022

This is such a great idea Rachel. I'm loving these placemats.


Sunday 19th of June 2022

Kim, They are looking so good for a Luau.