This simple and contemporary Duct Tape dinner placemat is a fun craft project that both kids and adults can do. Duct tae comes in so many colors today and really lends itself well to quite a few fun and unique craft projects.
All you need is some Duct Tape in any color you want and a little time! The finished product is so nice that this simple Duct Tape placemat would even make a unique and industrial hostess gift for anyone who loves a contemporary look!
To make these simple Duct Tape placemats you will need:
Duct Tape (1 -2 colors)
Ruler or tape measure
The first step to making this simple Duct Tape placemat is to cut your Duct Tape for the craft project. You can make your Duct Tape placemat any size that you want, but I like to make mine at least 12 inches deep and 18 inches wide. This way you can see some of the hard work you put into the Duct Tape craft project even when you plate is sitting on it.
By the way, my Duct Tape is 2 inches wide. This is really the best size for this Duct Tape craft project, but you can always experiment with any size Duct Tape you want!
Now, if you are using my measurements, then cut 8 pieces of ribbon to 28 inches long. Now, cut 6 pieces of ribbon to 40inches long.
Fold each piece over on itself to cover the back sticky side. This will make the lengths now 14 inches and 20 inch pieces of duct tape.
Now, I like to go ahead and lay out the horizontal piece on a flat work surface I do not mind taping to. Lay all of your 6 pieces of Duct Tape that are 20 inches long out like a rectangle. They should all match up on the ends and just touch each other.
Now, tape the ends down on each side. Only tape in one-inch from the ends. If you go any farther than you will be taping on the surface of your Duct Tape placemat. Use some masking tape to hold these ends down. It is easy to remove.
Now, start working your vertical strips of Duct Tape in like you are weaving a basket.
Basically, start at the left bottom corner, right inside of the masking tape.
Tear off a small piece of tape. Take on of your 14-inch pieces of Duct Tape and weave it in and out while you keep it all the way to the left.
Place that small piece of masking tape to tape the end of the Duct Tape down on the bottom left. When you get to the top left, then tear off another piece of masking tape are firmly attach that end of the Duct Tape to the table as well. You should end up with one inch of spare ribbon sticking out each end of the placemat.
Now, repeat this step with another prices for 14 inch Duct Tape. Have it butt up to this first piece you wove vertically. Weave it the opposite of the first piece. So, if you started weaving over then under the first time, then this time you should go under than over.
Now, tape the ends down again.
Repeat this working until you reach the right side of the Duct Tape contemporary placemat.
Now, once you are finished weaving you need to pull off any masking tape. Do this carefully so you do not unravel your Duct Tape placemat.
Now, turn the placemat face down on your table.
Now, make a fun border out of the same color duct tape or an accent color of duct tape.
Just lay the duct tape over the edged of the ends and fold it halfway over on the front and back of the placemat. This will finish of any rough edges and give a more professional look to this contemporary placemat.