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DIY Jute Placemat and Flower Vase

I’ve been eyeing some Sisal Placemats from Pottery Barn for a while now. I love the rustic look of them, but I don’t love the pricetag. Now don’t get me wrong, the Pottery Barn has great quality products, they are just out of my price range. But one day when I was at Hobby Lobby picking up some jute twine for some invitations, I spotted a big roll of thick jute that looked just like the sisal used in the PB placemats. Better yet, it was 50% off and only $6! I thought, I can probably make those placemats exactly the same way the PB ones are with some hot glue and this jute. So I grabbed a roll and headed home to give it a shot.

Hot Glue Jute String into round shape

First, I covered my workspace with wax paper. Then I started rolling and gluing the twine into a circle shape. It takes a little effort to get it started, but once you get a few rounds in, it’s pretty easy to keep it going.

Hot Glue Round Shape

Just keep gluing around the edge and pushing the twine in place until you get it the size you need. Make sure it’s wider than your plates so you can see it when the plate is on top. As you glue, it will start to curve upward around the edges. Don’t worry, this is what you want it to do. The bottom will actually be the top when you’re finished.

Jute Placemat and Vase

After you’re finished, flip it over and the curved part will now curve down. This causes the edge to be raised and gives the placemat more volume.

Jute Flower Vase and Placemat

After making three placemats, I had a little bit of jute leftover so I wrapped and glued it around a cheap dollar store vase. I love how they turned out! They can be used in so many different kinds of tablescapes. The rustic look of the twine is perfect for a cottage-style brunch, a nautical themed meal, or a natural buffet setting.

DIY Jute Flower Vase and Placemat

A natural fiber cloth napkin in a knot-tie completes the look perfectly.

Jute Placemat and Vase Cover DIY

A special thanks goes to my sweet hubby, who brought me home the flowers for no reason at all. Just because it was Friday and because he’s awesome.


So what do you think? Still want to pay for expensive Pottery Barn placemats? No? Didn’t think so.


  1. Loving this! You are so talented. Thanks for sharing this at our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we get to party with you again! Lou Lou Girls

  2. Love the outdoorsy look of this!
    Hopping here from Treasure Box Tuesday. Following you all over social media and by email.
    Blessings to you and yours!

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