Sasha Spaid's DIY feature is here again, helping us all keep the winter blues at bay. This month she's showing FUSSED readers how a simple placemat can be quickly made into personalised and fashionable item that will brighten up any evening during these more dreary months.
An old or unused placemat
A piece of waxed fabric large enough cover the placemat
Glue (stronger than a ‘Pritt Stick’)
Decorations- glitter, paint, ribbons, anything!
The How To
Step 1: Take your piece of waxy fabric, Sasha has used an old raincoat (spring is almost here anyway) but any charity shop will have this sort of item.
Step 2: Cut your material large enough to fold around your placemat or other items, placing them in the centre. Glue the placemat and start wrapping the material around it as though it were present. To ensure the material is secured, place clips around the edges and a heavy weight on top while the glue dries, which is an excellent use f or all those expensive books you have never read.
Step 3: Once the glue has dried and the material is secure, you can start thinking about decorating your placemat. Glitter placements would really add some sparkle to your next meal of beans on toast, or using paint, a more artistic approach can be taken, but will however take some time to dry - we advise getting your hairdryer out to speed this process up! Jazz up your placement to reflect your own style or that of an admired artist - FUSSED thinks a Warhol's pop-art would work really well for this DIY.
This technique can be applied to many other items such as a chopping board or a set of coasters, which could be made to match as part of a set. This DIY proves itself as an excellent last-minute, low-costing birthday present. Hope we have inspired you to make and create for another month. Bon appétit!