DIY Floral Paper Placemats

November 16th, 2009

Though my wedding was nearly 2 years ago I still can’t help reading wedding blogs nor cancel the subscriptions to my favorite wedding magazines. This is a tough one to explain to my husband but I think he’s finally accepting my obsession with weddings. The fun part for me it to take the inspiration I see and try to incorporate it into my now wedded life. Who says you can’t still be inspired long afterwards, am I right?

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This most recent project was inspired by the aptly named Inspired Bride. Maddy has to be one of the most talented ladies I’ve seen and I’m constantly in awe of her blog and work. She recently shared  this stunning downloadable Floral Flutter Pattern and I ended up printing it out in nearly a dozen color ways. I didn’t really know what I would do with the end results but I knew the possibilities were endless! Over the next few days I’ll share a few simple projects I came up with and was able to fit in over the weekend.

The first one is just an easy placemat. All you need is a large format printer, a ruler and an x-acto knife. After downloading the floral pattern and following the instructions I made the pattern to fit an 11×17″ sheet and printed onto craft paper. Any print shop like FedEx Kinko’s or a UPS Store have large format printers that can easily print 11×17 or larger. Once printed, just trim off the edges and place on your table! These would make the sweetest table decoration for a bridal shower, birthday party, holiday dinner or even a casual wedding. Best part, you can easily customize the colors or pick from Maddy’s six pre-designed color ways and they make clean up a cinch! You could also laminate them and make them a permanent addition to your table!

Download the pattern here and check back tomorrow for another craft inspired by these lovely prints. Thanks to Maddy for the constant source of beauty and this amazing free download!

10 Responses to “DIY Floral Paper Placemats”

  1. Maddy @ the Inspired Bride Says:

    Oh my goodness! What a great idea, Kathleen! I’ll have to repost this! You smart cookie -

    Thanks for the kind words – and you’ve reminded me again to add you to my links page (which I just finally did). I feel like I’ve been following you in Reader forever, you’d think THAT would remind me.

  2. Erin at Vale Design Says:

    What a great project from two amazingly talented designers! Well done K! ps Maddy is so talented and just as nice in person :)

  3. Kristen Says:

    Thank you! I love starting my morning with a little dose of darling.

  4. Brancoprata Says:

    You are absolutely right! This is beautiful! Such a great project!Love the pattern.

  5. sunny Says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who still browses wedding blogs and sites for ideas. Granted, it’s only been a few months since our wedding, but I can tell when I’m smitten by a blog. The Inspired Bride is one of my favorites–she has so many ideas that can be used for holidays and parties in your own home. Maddy is wonderful!

  6. the southern hostess Says:

    So cute! Love that paper.

  7. Melissa Says:

    You are awesome. Please give some help on where to find 11 by 17 kraft paper.

    Thank you.

  8. Kathleen Says:

    Hi Melissa,

    I found my craft paper at Target in the packaging department with the shipping supplies. It came on a roll and I just trimmed it down to 11×17 sheets. Hope that helps! Kathleen

  9. Tania Says:

    I suspect it’s precisely the point when you STOP being inspired that the Mr should be worried!

  10. Cindy Says:

    What a great idea! I love the print from I.S!