Wednesday, December 9, 2009

DIY Poinsettia Placemat

Merry Christmas!!!

Has the Christmas bug bitten you yet? Well, if it has let me show you how to refurbish some old Christmas stuff!

If you're like me, you probably have gone through Christmas phases and like me, you have some old stuff you've just not had the heart to get rid of. My sister gave me these place mats years and years ago and I used them for a while...but the color is just not working for me now.

These happen to be the squishy vinyl kind of place mats. I used the back of the just in case I ever decide I like them again. The snowman is still there.
I bought these velvet poinsettias years ago, and really I just haven't really found the perfect use for them...until now that is!

(That is totally lint on them, not to be confused with dust ;)

First, cut off the leaves of the poinsettias.

Rip off the plastic veins underneath the leaf. This might seem hard but they ripped off really easy.

Next, sort out the sizes of the leaves, I did this so I could start from the biggest to the smallest

Whip out that ole' trusty glue gun and start gluing those babies down. Start from the rim (for lack of better word) of the place mat and let the leaves hang over slightly. Be sure to overlap a little too so the place mat doesn't show.

Just keep gluing, round and around and around

...and around

Finally, you reach the center of the place mat and you are done!! This project took me approximately 30 minutes to do, from start to finish.

I really LOVE this!! The velvet leaves are really great and I hope you can see all the texture!

I would really recommend this project. The results are really satisfying! I bought absolutely nothing, but ended up with something I will use time and again.

What do you think? I bet you have some old Christmas stuff you can revamp today!

I really love this time of year!

Merry Christmas!

And happy decorating!

Thanks for stopping in to visit me! I love it when you do! I hope you're inspired!

Blogged for Susan @ BNOTP

Cindy @ Cottage Instincts

Kimba @ A Soft Place to Land

Thank You Ladies, for hosting!


  1. I love it - that texture rocks ! I have my eye out at the thrift store for things I can pull apart and re-do... I did a centerpiece today with all from the thrift store. I have thriftIdess - a disease to create from little, LOL !

  2. Michelle,
    This is so creative! i just love the way they turned out! I no what I'll be looking for come Christmas clearance time! Thanks for sharing... Dee Dee

  3. I love it too, love what you did with the flower, so clever and what a cool centerpiece you could make, I may have to try that myself...

  4. So pretty. I really like it. I just might have to try something like that. Thanks for sharing.

  5. you are so talented, have i ever mentioned how much i LOVE your style?!

  6. I love this idea! Yours turned out so pretty. I think I'm going to try it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. I love poinsettas...I am going to try making these for my table..thanks for the great idea! Miss Bloomers

  8. What a creative mind you have...I love what you have done with that faux poinsettia! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Very cute Michelle...Great idea! Happy decorating...xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  10. Oh, I love this and I could do this. This was a great project and I'm so glad you shared it. Love that little polka dot cup!

  11. That is one of the best ideas I have seen! I love the look and I love the fact that you made it using what you had on hand. It looks great as a placemat and just on it's own!
    Thanks for the tutorial.

  12. Love it! Great repurposing!

    Stop by!


  13. Michelle, thanks for sharing and inspiring me to get busy and dig out a few more things I haven't used in a while and revamp them. Great post. Thank you for swinging in to say hello, I loved having you. Pop in any 'ole time. hugs ~lynne~

  14. What a great project. It turned out great!

  15. That turned out great! I would love a bunch of those for placemats. They would look very dramatic on a white tablecloth. Wonderful idea, thanks for sharing! As always, great pics too!


  16. Michelle,
    That is such a great ideal, I would have never thought of it. Your cloches awere just wonderful, loved the one with the old santa. Had to go back and look at all those beautiful Christmas tree. Such eye candy. Thanks for visiting and for sharing your creative ideals

  17. Great recycled and came up with something absolutely stunning.

  18. This project turned out so pretty! I love it when an item can be re-made into something else!


  19. cool idea! very pretty.
    thanks for the how to's!

  20. Very clever...and I love your tablecloth...

  21. Yes, this makes the inspiration list. I almost threw out a holly garland! I will save it or if there is time will use that to make candle mats. Excellent. (remove the veins, note to self.)

  22. This is fantastic! So beautiful. Surprised it took so little time! Isn't it amazing what we can come up with just by looking around our house and "rethinking" our possessions. You should send this to a magazine. It's THAT good!

  23. I am so going to steel this idea someday. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

  24. Girl you just rock!!! I have sooo been enjoying your blog and seeing all the updates.
    We have to make sure we visit together the next time you come down to see your sister. Or at least, you can come over to my house and we can decorate! :-D

    Loved this project....I could even see a table runner made this way. Come to think of it, I have some of those same poinsettias in a box somewhere. :)

  25. This is a really pretty piece you have re-created. I think it would also be pretty as a pillow, I intend to get some to make one to put in my living room for the coffee table to set a tea pot on.

  26. Love it! Great save :)

    Thanks for linking up to Mi4M~
    cindy :)

  27. I would really love to say I have placemats and poinsettias but I don't. I do have hot glue though :-) I would like to make the for my MIL. Approximately how many flowers made one placemat?

    I'd like to make 4 mats so how many flowers do you think I'd need? I know placemats and the flowers vary in size and petal but an approximation would be helpful.


  28. Really great idea! Love it and such a classic touch to any holiday table! thank you, would look great against my black table!


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