This simple Painted Vintage Tin Can Label placemat is a great project for any style dinner table. The canvas lends itself well to almost any Painted Vintage Tin Can Label inspired design you might want to paint on it. So, if you love all things vintage, then this simple placemat craft project is for you!
The best part of this simple craft project that is the more painted Vintage Tin Can Label placemats you make, the less each one will cost you.
You can buy pre primed canvas by the yard at almost any fabric store or art supply store. The paints, polyurethane, and primer go a long way as well!
To Make a Painted Vintage Tin Can Label Placemat You will need:
1 Yards oft Per primed Canvas
Duct Tape or No Sew
Start by cutting your Painted Vintage Tin Can Label place mat out to size. I cut mine 14 inches by 20 inches. This is a little bit bigger than a normal dinner table place mat, but I wanted to be able to see it even when my vintage dishes were on it.
Fold in your rough edges about 1 inch towards the back of the mat. You can simply duct tape these down since no one will see the underside of your painted canvas Painted Vintage Tin Can Label dinner mat. If you prefer though you can use a product like no sew. When you iron down the edges though, make sure you place a rag between the primed canvas and your iron. The primer will melt and burn. It will also ruin your iron. You could also use fabric glue to hem the edge to even simply sew it down with a sewing machine.
Now, time to personalize your Painted Vintage Tin Can Label dinner mat.
I like to use painters tape to tape off a two-inch border along the outside edges of the mat. Then in the middle you can paint a Painted Vintage Tin Can Label. This is the time to get creative!
I like to take my painted tin cans and sketch out a copy of the image on a piece of paper the same size as my placemat.
Now, trace this design onto your sheet of plastic acetate.
Use your exacto knife to cut the vintage design out.
Now, to make things easier you should paint the entire dinner placemat in one color, which ever color is the main background color on your vintage tin can.
Once this paint has dried you can lay your vintage stencil on top of the place mat.
Use your round stencil brush and paints to paint in the Painted Vintage Tin Can Label.
Now, let this dry for 24 hours.
Once your paint has dried you need to apply a few coats of polyurethane to the painted canvas Painted Vintage Tin Can Label dinner place mat. I recommend applying three coats following the instructions on your polyurethane.
To clean your retro Painted Vintage Tin Can Label dinner mat you can use a damp soapy sponge. Windex or any mild spray detergent will also work just fine.
If you cannot think of a design or Christmas image you want to paint try getting some inspiration from other sources around your home. Check out your pantry for inspiration! Vintage tomato cans are so cute. Vintage Campbell soup can s would also be a great retro deign for your kitchen!