This simple and elegant Valentine’s Day dinner placemat is a fun craft project that both kids and adults can do. All you need is some of your favorite Valentine’s Day ribbon and a little time! The finished product is so nice that this simple Valentine’s Day craft would really make a great Valentine’s Day gifts for anyone who loves to entertain!
To make these simple Valentine’s Day ribbon placemats you will need:
Valentine’s Day ribbon (at least 2 inches wide)
Ruler or tape measure
No Sew or Sewing Machine
The first step to making this simple Valentine’s Day placemat is to cut your ribbon. You can make your 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 craft even when you plate is sitting on it.
By the way, my Valentine’s Day ribbon is 2 inches wide. This is really the best size for this Valentine’s Day craft project, but you can always experiment with any size you want!
Now, if you are using my measurements, then cut 8 pieces of ribbon to 14 inches long. Now, cut 6 pieces of ribbon to 20 inches long.
Now, I like to go ahead and lay out the horizontal piece on a flat work surface I do not mind tapering to. Lay all of your 6 pieces 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 form the ends. If you go any farther than you will be taping on the surface of your Christmas ribbon placemat.
Now, start working your vertical strips of Valentine’s Day ribbon 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 ribbon and weave it in and out while you keep it all the way to the left.
Se that small piece of tape to tape the end down on the bottom left. When you get to the top left, then tear off another piece of tape are firmly attach that end of the ribbon 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 Valentine’s Day ribbon. 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 Valentine’s Day ribbon placemat.
Now, once you are finished weaving you need to pull off any tape. Do this carefully so you do not unravel your Valentine’s Day ribbon placemat.
Now, turn the placemat face down on your table.
Folding one inch on all sides and carefully irons them down with a warm iron. Do not burn the Valentine’s Day ribbon.
Now, you can use no sew or your sewing machine to firmly sew these borders down.
I personally like to use a sewing machine that has been threaded with ribbon that matches my Valentine’s Day placemats. No sew will work, but may need some touch ups as the years go by.
You can also add any embellishments you want to these simple Valentine’s Day ribbon placemats. A vintage earring or button would look great sewn on in the to right corner!