What fun! This textured placemat was on the clearance rack and it sure does add decoration and dimension to my wall. I got it online at Pier One Imports and dressed it up with buttons and a ribbon collection I found in some cool Etsy shops.
The ribbon collection colors really matched my idea and making the wall hanging was more fun than it was work!
Step One: lay out the ribbons so you can see which ones you want to use and make a template for the heart laying the buttons around the template.
Step Two: CAREFULLY apply a dab of hot glue in the center of each button making sure that the edges are free so you can weave the ribbons around each button. I left the heart template in the center until all the buttons were attached with a dab of hot glue.
Step Three: Simply take a piece of ribbon and weave it in and out underneath each button. Don’t use a lot of tension, weave the ribbons so they lay flat but not tight. I used 6 different kinds of ribbon for texture and color. Then I placed a band of complimentary ribbons at the top and the bottom attaching them with lines of hot glue.
This placemat was a little wonky (which I didn’t notice until I attached the bottom ribbon border) so I decided to celebrate it’s asymetrical-ness with a border of wooden buttons.
Step Four: Use hot glue to attach the tassels to the back. After all the pieces are hot glued, go over each tassel with a good dab of Mod Podge so the tassels are completely sealed and won’t fray.
Step Five: run a .25″ wood dowel into the folded tassels and use a piece of ribbon to hang the placemat. (HINT: I used a dab of hot glue so the ribbon stays at the end and doesn’t try to move.)
The placemat is a fun canvas to start with and your imagination and the materials you have on hand can turn it into something truly OOAK!