Monday, April 12, 2021

Decoupage Spring Table Mat

   "Spring is the time of plans and projects"

                                                                     Leo Tolstoy

Celebrate spring by creating fun craft projects while at the same time adding beauty to your surroundings!  One way is to make an adorable spring table mat! It's a delightful way to provide a decorative accent feature that can dress up almost any area of your home - including the dining room, kitchen and living areas. And it's a great decorative accent piece that can be used anywhere, on any type of table, including buffets, side tables, end tables, sofa tables, coffee tables and of course dining tables, too. A perfect project for this month's Spring Crafts Challenge Hop! Just check how easy it is to make a lovely decoupage spring table mat:


  • Natural Cotton Cord (100ft 8mm)
  • Gorilla Grip pad
  • Decorative paper napkins
  • Fabri-Tac fabric glue
  • Parchment paper
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Clear plastic from a ziplock bag


Let's begin - to stop the 3-ply cord from coming apart, add a little fabric glue to the end .  .  .

pressing it together and let dry.
Next, add a dab of fabric glue on the center of the pad and lay the tip of the cord on top. Begin folding the cord together, adding fabric glue around the sides of the cord and on top of the pad to keep the cords and shape secure. I wanted the mat to have an oval shape, but didn't fold the center cord together long enough initially. I should have folded the cord together at six inches or more to maintain an oval shape while coiling the cord. The longer the folded cord in the center, the more of a oval shape is attained.
You can see the mat beginning to take shape! But the more you coil, the more the mat becomes rounder.
Continue adding fabric glue around the bottom and sides of the cord to hold the shape together and to the pad.
Once you've reached the size you want (19"), cut the cord at an angle and using more fabric glue, blend in the end to the side of the mat.

Then cut off the excess pad around the mat .  .  .

cutting as close to the mat edge as possible.
To make decorative cord trim for the mat, cut two 60" strips of cord. Secure ends with fabric glue and let dry, as before.  Begin coiling the cord, applying fabric glue to secure and placing cord on parchment paper to continue coiling.
Continue coiling cord into a circle and applying fabric glue until .  .  .
satisfied with size of the circle.
Then make a decorative curve with the cord and continue coiling cord for a second circle. Use the first coil as a pattern for the size of the second coiled circle.
Let dry and repeat for making a second decorative set - matching the size.

Then glue decorative coils onto the table mat .  .  .
matching placement on opposite sides.
To decorate table mat with napkins, cut out napkin designs .  .  .
and separate the plain layers of the napkin from the printed side.

Then lay out a design plan around the table mat.
Next, add a layer of decoupage to the cording - just enough for the size of the napkin design.
Then lay the napkin down on top of the decoupage, smoothing out the napkin. Use clear plastic to smooth down the napkin (as long as you haven't added more Mod Podge to the top of the napkin. If you have, the napkin might come up when removing the plastic) Otherwise, just use the brush to lightly smooth the napkin down along the ridges of the cord. 
Continue adding Mod Podge to the cord and applying the cutout napkin designs. 

Smoothing the napkin designs out as you add each design section .  .  .
using the paint brush to high-light the shape of the cording.
until the table mat is covered with the napkin design. Once dry, seal entire table mat with Mod Podge.

Disclosure I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites, this post may contain links. I may receive a very small commission at no cost to you! The affiliate money I earn helps pay my crafting expenses. Thanks so much for your support!

It's the 2nd Monday of the month and time for another Monthly Challenge Blog Hop!  I've joined a group of creative bloggers to bring you this monthly challenge blog hop, hosted by Beverly @Across the Blvd! The theme for April is Spring Crafts!

Meet the participants:

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  1. I love your creativity. The artistic mat is so beautiful and would fit into so many homes.

    1. Thanks, Carol! It took me awhile to decide how to place the napkins. And I was pleased how it turned out!

  2. Gail, this is amazing! At first glance I thought you had used a placemat that you bought and simply added the flowers, but no! You created it from start to finish! It's lovely and it shows off your crafting talents so well!

  3. Thanks, Beverly! Making a table mat has been on my mind for quite some time. Your challenge pushed me to finally make one! Thanks so much for organizing this awesome blog hop!

  4. I thought this was absolutely beautiful and then you went into the tutorial and I realized that you actually made the mat too which just blew me away! Pinned.

  5. Thanks, Joanne! I really enjoyed putting it together!

  6. Screaming Spring. So darn cute. Pinned.

    1. Thanks, Michele! The napkins really did the trick for Spring!

  7. I need this table mat! You make so many great creations with Mod Podge and floral napkins. The flowers are so pretty, and I love the decorative circles you added also. Pinning!

    1. Thanks, T'onna! I was trying to come up with a different look for a mat instead of the usual woven kind.

  8. Oh, wow! This is an amazing project! I love that you made the placemat! It is beautiful! pinning and sharing on FB. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    1. Thank you for your sweet comments, Marci! And thanks for pinning and sharing! I really appreciate it!

  9. Holy wow Gail! When I first saw this I was amazed that you decoupaged on a mat, and then as I read on found out that you actually made the mat!! It is beautiful!! And decoupaging flowers from napkins on it is wildly creative, it is gorgeous!!

    1. Thanks so much, Jenna! You know I had to make a mat first before I could decoupage on it! Lol! I'm happy how it turned out!

  10. Your mat looks absolutely amazing!! Your artistic imagination and creativity is always awe-inspiring!

    1. Thanks, Allyson! You are too sweet! I just realized you live in Maryland - me too! Just outside of Annapolis in Millersville. I don't get to correspond with too many bloggers living in MD!

  11. Spring plans and projects! Yes!
    Yours is lovely!

  12. You did a beautiful job on this from making the mat to creating the floral patterns. Thank you for sharing it with us this week. #HomeMattersParty


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