The best Pumpkin DIY Placemats

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Prepare for autumn with these easy-to-follow instructions on how to make DIY pumpkin placemats.

With fall just around the corner, it is time you prepare by making an incredible table decoration that will wow everyone at your dinner.

Follow along today and learn all about what materials are needed step by step for this project.

I was preparing for a baby shower when I came up with this idea. A fall theme for my new little pumpkin was what I was after, and these placemats were the perfect touch for my table.

I wanted to use natural material to fit in with my theme, so I chose burlap to make these pumpkin DIY placemats.

DIY pumpkin placemats
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How to cut Burlap Straight for your DIY Pumpkin Placemats

Snip a small cut about 1/2″ long where you want to cut the burlap. Find a strand of the burlap and pull it all the way through.

This method will leave a line in the burlap.

Second, cut along that line, and you will have a perfectly straight cut of burlap.

I used this method to cut my strips of material before I stiffened the burlap.


How to make the best Pumpkin DIY Placemats
How to make the best Pumpkin DIY Placemats
How to make the best Pumpkin DIY Placemats

How to Stiffen the Burlap for your Pumpkin DIY Placemats

Firstly, I found a pumpkin shape I liked on the internet and blew it up to my desired size.

This pumpkin measures 14.5″ wide x 13.5″ tall.

Next, you need to stiffen the strips of burlap.

pumpkin pattern- How to make the best Pumpkin DIY Placemats

Next, I made a mixture of half white glue and half water. You can buy a large bottle of white glue here.

Mix the glue and water mixture in a disposable container large enough for the fabric to fit in for your DIY Placemat stiffening.

I used a disposable turkey pan.

Make sure your mixture of glue and water are well mixed.

Be prepared to hang the fabric to dry. I used a clothesline outside and laid down paper underneath to collect the drippings.

Be prepared, as this is a messy job.

DIY Placemats glue solution to stiffen material

Next, dip one piece of the burlap in the water/glue solution and make sure it is coated well on both sides.

How to make the best Pumpkin DIY Placemats

Lastly, hang the fabric on a clothesline.

Hanging burlap to dry - How to make the best Pumpkin DIY Placemats

In addition, put a pan underneath your fabric and use your hands to remove some of the excess glue and water solution.

Let the DIY placemats dry overnight.

stiffening burlap for placemats

Now that your burlap has dried, you will cut each piece into four sections. They should measure approx. 18″ x15″

Using a pencil, place the pumpkin pattern under each piece of burlap and trace with a pencil.

DIY Placemats no sew- trace a pumpkin pattern

Cut each pumpkin out of the stiffened burlap with good scissors and discard the scraps.

DIY placemats- how to cut the stiffened burlap

The burlap does not dry flat,  so it is necessary to iron the placemats before you paint them.

Place a towel underneath and on top of the pumpkin to avoid getting any glue on the iron.

This works well, and the placemats will be flat.

iron the place mats- How to make the best Pumpkin DIY Place mats

Lastly, we will paint our pumpkin placemats with some acrylic paint.

Firstly, I  placed each pumpkin over my pattern and painted the lines and around the edges of the pumpkin first to define its shape.

outlined pumpkin- How to make the best Pumpkin DIY Place mats

Next, I did some shading with two colors of paint and a lot of water to create an ombre watercolor look. But, again, you can use the colors of your choice.

I was looking for a neutral palette for my pumpkins, so I chose nude colors.

Do the painting in steps if you have time.

DIY Placemats
pumpkin-How to make the best Pumpkin DIY Placemats

Once you have finished your placemats, you are ready to set your table.

Since I was hosting a baby shower for a little girl, I wanted to use pretty pinks and nude colors on my table.

I incorporated dried hydrangeas, some natural straw pumpkins, and several shades of pink and nude pumpkins to complete the look.

DIY  pumpkin Placemats on table
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Thanks for following along with my DIY pumpkin placemats! I hope you’ve been inspired to try this easy project out yourself. Be sure to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media for more fun fall ideas. Happy crafting!

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  1. Love these Wendy! I would love to feature your post on my Saturday Morning Gather tomorrow.

  2. AnnMarie says:

    Such a pretty placemat. Perfect color scheme!

  3. stacy says:

    Wendy what a beautiful diy for fall!

  4. These turned out so cute! And I love your Little Pumpkin theme; the blush color is perfect.

  5. Wendy,
    This is one of the first post I remember you from. It’s still a favorite and I can’t wait to share it Thursday.

  6. Wendy, these are so stinkin’ cute!! Love them!!

  7. Wendy,
    I’m loving these placemats so much. Love the your colors for fall. I’d like to share a link to your post on my Sunday, Dirt Road Adventures if that’s Ok.

    • wendy says:

      Hi Rachel, Thank you so much. Yes please share away! so kind of you. I found you on IG and will go see your blog next. So fun to find you! Have a great weekend.

  8. Such a cute idea. Love the colors also. Thanks for all the tips.

  9. Cindy Rust says:

    Such a cute pumpkin! I love your tip for cutting a straight line! Pinning!

  10. So cute! Perfect for every day or special times during fall. Great tutorial too.

  11. Renae says:

    How cute are these? I adore them. Such a great idea.

  12. Wendy, Your placemats are so pretty! I’ve never seen anything like these. Adding to my craft list for fall. Thank you for sharing! XO Misty

  13. These placemats are adorable! Thank you for sharing how. To make them!

    • wendy says:

      Thank you so much. These were a very fun project and I enjoyed making them. I hope you give it a try.
      Share with me if you make them.

  14. Melba says:

    Fantastic idea! Really live the watercolor effect! Very elegant!

  15. Marieza says:

    Amazing project, Wendy! So creative and absolutely beautiful!

  16. Marie says:

    How cute are these?? Great tutorial. Happy to do this hop with you. Pinned.

  17. Missy says:

    Great post, Wendy! Such a creative process to make the placemats….and with an amazing color palette! Thanks for your inspiration! ~Missy

  18. Crystal says:

    Wow Wendy you really amaze me! I love this project and will definitely be trying it! Your blog is so beautiful!!!

  19. Christin says:

    Wow!! This is lovely! Great tutorial!

  20. Such a cute DIY. Thank you for the tutorial. It’s a joy to be on tour with you!

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