How to Make Leopard Print Placemats

I'm still working on some projects for our Thanksgiving decorations. I want things to be lively and fun this year so, I had the idea to make some leopard print placemats. They were inspired by my leopard print flats that I've been wearing a lot this fall.

Originally, I was thinking of sewing some from drop cloth and then painting the leopard print onto it.  But then, I remembered that I had some white burlap and decided to use that instead.

Below you'll find the supplies I used and a tutorial for this fun and easy project.

  • white burlap (or fabric of your choice)
  • black craft paint
  • metallic gold craft paint
  • fabric medium
  • paintbrushes
  • scissors
  • paper plate (for mixing paint with fabric medium)

1) Cut your placemats to the desired size and remove some of the strands along the edge if you want a frayed look.

2) On a paper plate, mix your paint with the fabric medium, following the directions on your fabric medium bottle.

3) Paint the leopard print spots on the placemat in a random pattern (I used metallic gold for my spots).

3) Paint a black border along the longest edges of the spots, leaving the tops and bottoms of the spots open.

Your placemats are ready for use after they dry!

With burlap fabric, they'll need to be hand washed. If you use another type of fabric, you will be able to wash your placemats in the washing machine on a delicate setting, as long as you used fabric medium with your paint.

I'm loving how they turned out!  What do you think?  

This weekend, I'm going to a friend's Pampered Chef party, which I'm excited about because she said we were making homemade ravioli.  Yum!  What are your plans for the weekend?

As always, thanks so much for reading today!


  1. Very cute! I'm all about spicing up the Thanksgiving table! Thanks for sharing with us at The Makers link party!! ;)

  2. Those are super cute placemats!


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