Recycle & upcycled decor
Creations to discover!
|Miy Upcycled Retro Circle Placemats
Re-cycle, Re-Vamp, Re-invent & Re-decorate
"f o r t h e p u r e j o y o f m a k i n g t h i n g s"
Miycreations Project article and photographs
by MaddyLane (Madeleine M Langlois)
MIY Eco Creations ~ Upcycled Retro Circle Placemats:
“Placemats revived with circles of colours, a fresh way to revitalize
old stain palcemats with style. ideal for summer time dinning
For a fresh upcycle approach to summer time dinning; draw circles around
your placemats to revive them with style and colour. SetaSkrib fabric
markers are so easy to use with basic stencil shapes, it’s almost child’s
play. The brush-tip felts are especially designed for drawing directly onto
assorted fabrics from cotton to silks. The clear vivid and bright colours will
liven up plain placemats in no time at all. The markers are quick drying and
are permanently set easily with an iron.
It is recommended that the placemats be washed beforehand without the
use of bleach or softeners, dried and then ironed. For stability while you
create secure the placemats to a work area by placing tape on the sides
along the borders.
With a template of circles, draw circles in assorted sizes randomly all around
the surface of the placemats. Start at the top of the placemats and work your
way down applying one colour at a time. For example, do all the dark green
circles first, then the light green and so on. Wipe the template with a damp
cloth or paper towel before using a new colour. (Doing this will keep the
marker tips clean). Repeat steps for each additional colour applied. Draw
smaller circles inside larger ones, and visa versa. Draw some of the circles
to intertwine and some bubble-like single ones in assorted sizes.
The marker designs will dry quickly. Heat set the markers with an iron, by
pressing for two to three minutes on the reverse side of the placemats on the
cotton setting. Once fixed, wait 48 hours before washing the newly
decorated fabrics. The placemat creations will withstand machine washing
and drying. You will be amazed on how bright the colours remain.
To make a real summer slash at your next fiesta, why not make a whole mix
and match dinnerware ensemble. Make simple striped napkins to go with
the set by using a ruler as a guide to achieve straight lines. Why not add a
table cloth or a table runner combining the circles and stripes.
Variations; At home or at the cottage this summer, keep children creative
by having them make and personalize their own placemat, pillowcase,
beach towel or even T-shirts. Teens can get very creative with these markers
to make their own fashion statements.
SetaSkrib fabric markers can also be used free-hand style to draw flowers
and fruits to assorted shapes or motifs. They can be used to add assorted
fun details such as swirls, dots, lines to text, letters or numbers to decorate
any fabric item. Add a touch of colour and style to numerous items around
your home such as bed sheets, chair covers, assorted linens to even
My four year old son made his own placemat, even if it did only take him ten
minutes, he is so proud of it and he had so much fun making it. Keep these
markers out of the reach of younger children if you don’t want to end up with
a few truly original designs around your home. Just make sure that they are
used under your supervision.
The markers are available in fine or broad point tips, replacement tips are
also available. Achieve a unique watercolour effect by going over the marker
lines with a paintbrush and some water.
They can also be used in combination with and over fabric paints.
Quick entertaining summer ideas: Make quick and easy wine glass
charms by simply intertwining two swirl type of paper clips (Clipiola,
available at art stores) together, ornament them with different bead colours
and clip at the stem of each glass. They also make great hostess gifts.
Hands-on time: Less than one hour
for two placemats.
Total time: plus heating setting time,
to set the colours with an iron.
Skill: Super easy and kid-friendly.
Cost estimate: about $3.90 per
fabric marker, total cost will depend
on how many different colours are
used. (The markers are long lasting
and can be used for several other
Materials and tools:
• Plain fabric placemats in solid
colours (a great way to recycle and
upcycle slightly stained placemats)
• Painter’s tape
• Setaskrib felt tip fabric markers by
Pébéo (I used the following colours;
09 Green, 08 Light green, 18
Fluorescent green, 06 Light blue, 07
Blue, 17 Fluorescent blue)
• A template of circles in assorted
sizes (I utilized various round items to
make the cirles in diffrent sizes)
• Damp cloth or paper towels
• An iron
(Available at art and craft supply
Give Mom the gift
of Soul inspirations
miycreations... by maddylane make it yourself creations & inspirations ...
Miy Monogram wooden stool
|Miy Striped Bud Vases -
Recycling glasses into
|Miy up-cycling antique finds
|Miy Spring Outdoor Flower Vase
|Miy up-cycling garden baskets
& water cans
“Upcycled plain picture frames with a stained-
glass look to make a modern address sign”
|© All Rights Reserved 2007-2016
Photos and miycreations projects are copyrighted
~ by MaddyLane Designs ~ Madeleine Langlois