To begin I took one of my placemats to use as a template. I cut out 6. When you cut burlap you need to cut on a straight line.
After these are cut you need to go around the edge sewing a zig zag stitch This will keep it from unraveling. I went in about 3/4 in. Then pull the strings to make it have a slight frayed edge up to the zig zag stitch.
Once that is done, cut a piece of freezer paper and iron it to the placemat. You will remove this after you are done painting. This keeps the burlap stiff so you can paint on it.
I then chose my font and designed my stencil. I used my silhouette machine to cut them. The font I chose was Garamond. I did two words on one 8 1/2 x 11 freezer paper. When you cut your stencil make sure the shiny side of the freezer paper is face down.
I ironed my stencil shiny side down onto the place mat. I took a scrap of the freezer paper and cut out a snowflake and ironed it in the middle of the ornament. Sorry I forgot to take a picture. I got caught up in the project. I chose 2 different shades of red and 2 shades of greens to paint with.
Here are my 6 stenciled placemats. ( I hated the Merry so redid that one all in red. I like it much better.)
Won't they look so pretty for Christmas day?
Here's another DIY Christmas decor idea:
DIY Wrapping Paper Wreath
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