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How To Make Tropical Round Placemats

I made these Tropical Round Placemats for an upcoming Hawaiian Luau and today I’m sharing a full tutorial with step by step instruction on how to make round placemats.

I can’t wait to share the full table with you next week but in the mean time, here’s a round placemat tutorial.

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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 my round placemat design.

Supplies for DIY Placemats

How to Make 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 fabric is dry, press with hot iron or heat press.

Prepare Materials for Round Placemats

Begin by tracing your design onto the burlap.

I used a plate charger to trace my design.

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

Cut the round design from the burlap.

Cut a round piece of stiffened burlap

Next, cut raffia into 2 inch strips.

To speed 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 as the hot glue can seep through the burlap and stick. You can easily detach 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 to 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.

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.

Add raffia pieces to the edges of the round burlap placemat, rarria added to luau placemat.

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

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

In addition, apply hot glue to both ends of the rope where they meet.

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.

Tropical Round Placemat, diy Hawaiian luau placemats for tablescape

Not a DIY person, here are some options:

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I’m looking forward to sharing the placemats on next weeks Luau Supper Club table. Be sure to check back next week on Thursday.

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

How To Make DIY Tropical Round Placemats, Hawaiian placemat , luau placemat

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.


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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.


Wednesday 15th of June 2022

SO stinkin' cute, doable and perfect for almost any season! I see it for a luau, and for sure with those colors Autumn too! Thank you for a project that is easy to do, cost effective and makes quite a fun statement too! Go Tablescapes! Mic


Wednesday 15th of June 2022

Mic, thank you and I’m sure yours will turn out great!

Wendy McMonigle

Tuesday 14th of June 2022

Love this Rachel, so perfect for an outdoor pool theme. I will have to give them a try.


Tuesday 14th of June 2022

Thanks so much Wendy, I appreciate it!