13 Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Placemats

Remember a few weeks ago when I showed you how to create a layered Red, White, and Blue Tablescape and gave you a glimpse at those handmade Patriotic Placemats? Well I’m back to show you how those babies were made. And let me tell you they’re ridiculously easy to make.
How to make these Red White and Blue Patriotic Placemats | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Since we wanted every piece on the red, white and blue table to shine in their own subtle ways, we opted for plain yet thoughtful placemats. That’s where we came up with solid red and blue backgrounds with bright white meaningful words to represent what Independence Day, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day mean to us.

Oh and today I’m teaming up with my Silhouette Challenge buddies to spit out 34 more Patriotic projects, using our favorite cutting tool, the Silhouette Cameo. So I hope you’ll stick around!!

Let’s dive right in shall we?
Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Placemats Tools and Supplies | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

First, cut the wood to your preferred size:
Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Placemats: Preparation, Cut | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Typical placemats dimensions run 12 x 18 inches, ours were 14 x 18 inches. We cut a total of six placemats. Don’t worry too much about the rough edges, you’ll catch them in the sanding stage. If you don’t have a tablesaw, you can also use a handsaw + Kreg Rip-Cut.

Then, give them a light sand, being sure to even out those edges:
Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Placemats: Preparation, Sanding | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Give them a quick coat of primer:
Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Placemats: Preparation, Primer | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Spray paint thin even coats of spraypaint in red and blue:
Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Placemats: Preparation, Spray Paint | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

You’ll notice in our set of six, we made four red and two navy blue (for the heads of the table). 

Next, pick a font, words, and the size you on your placemats. As you can see, we choose “Freedom” and “Remember.” I’ve had a mega crush on cursive fonts lately, and I chose the Signerica Fat font, size: 132. Mostly because it’s pretty, flowy and it connects which made cutting and placing easier. I was able to fit all six words squeezed tightly together on one 12x12 sheet of plain white scrapbook paper. Then, run them through your silhouette.

**Please remember if you change your placemat dimensions from our dimensions above, you may need to adjust your font measurement too.

> Oh and for those without a cutting machine, using an exact-o knife and cutting mat are easily done while watching a few episodes of the New Girl. Otherwise, craft stores sell alphabets which would look equally charming.

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Placemats Silhouette Studio Screenshot | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

After that, adhere the words using your favorite adhesive, our favorite lately is 3M all-purpose spray, since most of our project was completed outdoors anyway. And finally, give the placemats a few quick coats of clear spray paint.

A word of caution: I did notice some minor cracking on one of the placemats (it’s difficult to spot in the shots and hardly noticeable). I chalk this up to not enough prep work/a heavy spray paint trigger finger. It also could have been the masonite, hence why balsa/thin wood may be a better fit (we used the Masonite since we had it on hand from another project). The rest of the placemats are just fine and are holding up nicely.

And that’s it!!
Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Placemats: Freedom| www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Placemats: Freedom| www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

My favorite thing about them is the perfectly patriotic words. It really helps us take a second to remember what the holidays are all about celebrating our freedoms and taking a moment to remember those who have sacrificed.

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Placemats: Freedom & Remember | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Placemats: Freedom & Remember | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Itching to see the rest of those tablescapes? I’ve got two versions for the decorative and the simplistic:
Red, White, and Blue Tablescape | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com Red, White, and Blue Tablesetting, Happier Homemaker Contributor Post | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

What words would you choose for your patriotic placemats?

P.S. We were not paid or perked from any of these vendors; we just used our existing tools for these placemats.

As promised, here’s even MORE fun Patriotic Projects from my favorite Silhouette Pals (click the image or links below):
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  1. Awesome placemats! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I love how these placemats turned out!! Beautiful!

  3. I love these placemats so much! Never would have guessed that's how you made them! Awesome job :)

  4. Trisha, I think your idea of using wooden placemats is fabulous! Clean up after dinner would be so easy too. And I think the words you chose present the perfect patriotic message - remember & freedom!!!

  5. I love it! You have definitely inspired me to make my own placemats!

  6. So pretty!! I love how you made them out of wood! Such a great idea!

  7. I would never have even thought to make wooden placemats, but it is so smart when you think about it. I love the simplicity in yours too. Perfect for a tablescape without taking away from the rest of the dinnerware. Love it .

  8. These are so fun - modern, eye-catching, simple! I'm even crazy about the font you used!

  9. Trisha,
    Your placemats are bright, cheery and celebrate the holiday. I love the crisp clean design.
    SC Love,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

  10. So, I've read this post three times and only now realized I hadn't commented yet! I love these placemats Trisha. They make me happy inside. I really appreciate how you brought it above and beyond laminating paper to something that will be really durable and usable throughout the season and beyond. Thanks for linking to Creative Spark, and don't forget to grab your featured button if you want!

    1. Awe, you have no idea how much this means to me! Thanks for the kind words Kristy, and for featuring me on the link party!!

  11. Trisha thanks for always stopping by our Creative Spark Link Party! I love that you party with us every week! I always love seeing your projects!

    1. Thanks girl, your party is off the heezy (too much?!). In all seriousness, you ladies have such a well oiled machine there and the email reminders help substantially!!


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