Valentine’s Day Tablescape With DIY Tile Placemats

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This super easy DIY Tile Placemats tutorial will help you to dress up your tablescape in no time! Use 12″x12″ tiles for endless decor options for every season!

Happy almost Valentine’s Day, Ideas for the Home by Kenarry® friends! I’m here to help you dress up your Valentine’s Day dinner tablescape with these super easy DIY Tile Placemats.

Dress up your Valentine's Day tablescape with this easy DIY Tile Placemats tutorial from The Birch Cottage.

I’m Pam from The Birch Cottage and I’m back again this month to share this really easy DIY Tile Placemats project with you. It’s kind of a two-for-one project. It’s an easy DIY project and a great way to dress up your table!

Dress up your Valentine's Day tablescape with this easy DIY Tile Placemats tutorial from The Birch Cottage.

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DIY idea with tiles

I was browsing through one of my local home improvement stores a few weeks ago when these beautiful 12×12 tiles just jumped out at me. There were beautiful and rustic natural stone tiles, ceramic tiles and these shiny brown and gold tiles. I immediately thought, “Hey, I can cut these into 4″x4″ squares and make some nice little coasters for cheap!”

Dress up your Valentine's Day tablescape with this easy DIY Tile Placemats tutorial from The Birch Cottage.

Make your own placemats

This is a common scenario for me. One of my most favorite ways to spend my free time is browsing the aisles of one of my local home improvement stores looking for inspiration or ways to repurpose items. Well, my idea to make coasters led me to think that maybe I could leave these 12×12 tiles just as they are and make some DIY tile placemats or chargers from them.

The placemat ideas from tiles like this are endless!

Easy Sew Burlap Placemats from The Birch Cottage

I also thought they’d be a great compliment to my burlap placemats. I use these burlap placemats all the time. I just love the texture that they add to my table decor. You can read my Easy Sew Burlap Placemats tutorial here on Kenarry.

How to make a DIY placemat from a 12x12 tile

how to make DIY Tile Placemats

For these DIY Tile Placemats, you’re gonna need a few supplies. I have these huge rolls of cork that my husband purchased via an online auction for just a couple of dollars. It’s the kind of cork used for underlayment for tile flooring. But, you can purchase cork at your local home improvement store, hardware store or even craft store.

You can pick up all these supplies at your local home improvement store, use what you have on-hand or even purchase them online. To make your shopping a little easier, we’ll provide a link to similar products that you can purchase on Amazon, where applicable.

A roll of cork that you can use to make homemade placemats

Supplies:

Once you have your supplies, making the placemats will take you a matter of minutes. Are you ready? Here goes…..

Instructions

Here’s how to make placemats that require no sewing. I included step-by-step pictures too to help you along.

A 12x12 tile on top of some cork

1. Gather Your supplies

Gather your supplies all together. You will need a clean tabletop to work on as well.

2. Trim down a sheet of cork

If you purchased 12″x12″ sheets of cork, then you won’t need to cut anything! And you can skip ahead to Step Three.

Lay your tile on top of your cork and trace with a marker. Lay your ruler along one of the lines you drew on the cork with a marker. Holding the ruler in place, use your utility knife to cut along the marked line. Using a ruler as a guide will help you to cut straight lines. You really only need to score the cork. Don’t worry if you don’t cut all the way through. Simply fold the cork back along the scored line and it will just break right off.

Trimming cork to make homemade placemats

3. Put adhesive on the cork and tile

Next, spray adhesive on the back of the cork and the back of the tile. Wait a couple of minutes for the adhesive to become tacky.

A closeup of a hand on top of a sheet of corkboard

4. Attach the corkboard to the tile

Then pick up the cork, starting at one corner, lay the cork on top of the tile. Apply pressure on the back of the cork with your hand. Wait just a couple of minutes for the adhesive to dry (follow the instructions on the back of the spray adhesive).

A close up of the tile on the corkboard

5. Place the mat on your table

That’s it! Place the mat on your table and style it. This is perfect for any holiday or season.

Dress up your Valentine's Day tablescape with this easy DIY Tile Placemats tutorial from The Birch Cottage.

No-sew placemats anyone can make

I thought these DIY Tile Placemats turned out beautifully! The tiles come in many different colors, styles, textures and price ranges from about $1.97 each to more than $20.00 each. Just something to keep in mind!

Dress up your Valentine's Day tablescape with this easy DIY Tile Placemats tutorial from The Birch Cottage.

You know, I still might buy some more of these 12″ tiles that are composed of 1″x1″ tiles as they would be super easy to cut and make into coasters. I really like the look of the natural stone and pebble tile, too, but they don’t provide for a very flat surface. Still, there are plenty of options. Just go browse your local home improvement/hardware store and you’ll see what I mean!

I hope you liked this DIY Tile Placemat tutorial. If you try this out, I’d love to hear about it! 

For more Valentine’s Day DIY project ideas and family-friendly recipes that will save you time in the kitchen, be sure to stop by The Birch Cottage blog for more inspiration like these:

DIY Burlap Valentine’s Day Treat Bags

DIY Burlap Valentine's Day Treat Bags are easy to make!

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Love Never Fails Print from The Birch Cottage. Print and frame this 8x10 I Corinthians 13 print.

English Muffin Bread for the Bread Machine

English Muffin Bread Recipe for the Bread Machine by The Birch Cottage

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Originally published February 2017. Updated December 2019.

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