Tuesday, September 15, 2015

DIY: "You again" placemats

"It's been a long day without you, my friend
And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
We've come a long way from where we began
Oh, I'll tell you all about it when I see you again" 
There is nothing that I enjoy more than having friends coming to my house to laugh, eat and just have fun, so I though in creating something amusing that could be regularly used and then bang! Placemats were the solution.

We did a couple of designs with just a few materials:

Plain placemats (we created 2 for each design)
Printed phrases
X-acto knife
Acrylic paint
Small brushes
(Optional) Clear lacquer

This is how we did it:
1) We took our printed phrases and used the x-acto knife to create a "stencil"
2)Once we had the stencil ready we put it below the placemat and marked the silhouettes with the aid of a sharpie, then removed the stencil.

3) Using the acrylic paint and a small brush we painted each letter and let it dry  

4)Clear lacquer can be used to prevent paint to fade, although I have been used for a while some placemats that don't have the clear lacquer and they still look like new after all the times I have cleaned them.
These are the finished placemats waiting to be used as conversation starters for my next gathering, hope you liked them too because I'm still smiling thinking of my guests reaction to the "You again?" design.


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