How to make your own placemats with Woodoc

Make this festive season special with a DIY table setting.
Photographer: Francois Oberholster

You will need

  • Xmas tree stencil template (download here)
  • Priplak
  • masking tape
  • craft knife
  • steel ruler
  • cutting mat
  • 6mm plywood
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • carpenters square
  • G-clamps
  • jigsaw
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • Woodoc Water-Borne FLOOR Matt Clear
  • Woodoc Colours Full Moon 
  • Woodoc Colours Brights Red
  • 2 mixing containers
  • 2 mixing sticks
  • repositionable spray adhesive
  • sponge brushes
  • paintbrush

Here's how...

1 Download and print the template. Attach it to the back of the Priplak with masking tape and cut out the tree shapes and star with a craft knife and steel ruler.

2 Measure and mark rectangles of 30 x 45cm on the plywood and cut them out with the jigsaw. 

3 Sand the edges smooth.

4 Decant about 50ml of Woodoc Water-Borne FLOOR Matt Clear in each mixing container. Add the Woodoc Colours Full Moon and Woodoc Colours Brights Red to each container, respectively, and stir well.

5 Apply the spray adhesive to the back of the stencil you made in step 1.

6 Position your stencil on the placemat. Dip the sponge brushes in the Woodoc mixtures and apply on the cut-outs of the stencil. Remove the stencil. Let it dry completely.

7 Apply 3 coats of Woodoc Water-Borne FLOOR Matt Clear on all sides of your placemats to seal them. Let each coat dry completely before you apply the next. Lightly sand between coats but don’t sand after the final coat.

If you use porous wood such as plywood, it is more difficult to achieve sharp lines. However, if you seal the wood with one coat of Woodoc Water-Borne FLOOR Matt Clear and you stencil with the tinted product once the first coat has dried, you can get sharper lines. Remember to still apply two clear coats of Woodoc Water-Borne FLOOR afterwards.

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