Tomorrow is officially the first day of Spring! And while for most people that sentence may conjure up images of flowers, sunshine, pearls, and Easter eggs....
For me, those warm thoughts are completely overshadowed by the view outside:
That's right. Tomorrow is the first day of Spring and despite the 60 degree, sunshine-y weather we've had recently, this is now my backyard. Alright, enough bitching about the weather. At least its pretty to look at. From inside. While wearing sweatpants. With extra blankets. (Can you tell how much I'm looking forward to Summer?!).
To welcome in Spring (or rather to encourage nice weather by sending Spring-like vibes out into the universe), I decided to create some super easy, flowery, bright, placemats to swap in place of our grey, sparkly winter ones. Let's do this!
Canvas (I bought my huge roll at Michaels with a 50% off coupon)
Stencils (or free-hand it!)
Cardboard or Paper bags
Water & Paper towels
Painter's tape *not shown
First, you'll want to cut your placemats out from the canvas- I used my winter mats as a guide for the size and shape, but if you don't have a template, mine measured 13 in. x 17 in.
Place your cardboard or grocery bag under your placemat, to protect your work surface from getting attacked by any fabric paint that seeps through your canvas.
Map out your design with painter's tape (if you'd like) or by just playing with your stencils and placement.
Dip your sponge into your paint, and then apply to your canvas! If you're doing larger sections (like my stripes below), you can almost drag the sponge as you would a paintbrush to spread the color more effectively.
With the stencils, I would recommend sticking to the classic press-to-blot method that is typically used with sponge painting, in order to avoid getting any excess paint under the stencil and mucking up your design.
A couple things you can do that I didn't: hem the edges into a smooth seam if you don't like the exposed cut-side visible (I actually like it looking frayed and a little rougher), or double up your canvas and sew the pieces together if you want a thicker placemat.
And that's it! Crazy easy and fast, and will hopefully brighten up your home for Spring! Or at least, as in my case, give you the illusion that Spring is here ;)
And Check out this No-Sew Canvas Zipper Pouch if you (like me) need more bright Spring-y DIYs in your life right now ;) Or if you're STILL needing more, be sure to check out my Top 12 Spring DIY's Round-up!