So you want to throw a garden party but you can’t find the perfect placemat? Or maybe you just can’t imagine shelling out 5 bucks a pop for one placemat. Well, move over Martha, this summer you can create modish placemats from found materials.
The DIY placemat is a simple solution and the materials pop up in the most unexpected of places. Last Mother’s Day, I took a trip with my family to The Japanese Garden at the Donald C. Tillman Plant. I didn’t know what to expect. It’s a 6 ½ acre oasis, home to native plants, white egrets, lakes, trees, a traditional Japanese tea house, all amidst the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant, which processes more than 65 million gallons of sewage daily.
Sounds a bit strange, no? Well it happens to be incredibly beautiful, and if you’re in Southern California, I definitely recommend a day trip to Van Nuys.
I also didn’t expect to happen upon the perfect found object to make into an ideal outdoor placemat. It was a map in the gift shop. It was about the size of a traditional placemat, black matte, with white writing. There was a drawn map of the garden and a list detailing all the varying plants inside. It was perfect!
The next step is so simple. All you have to do is laminate. Now, some people don’t think laminating is very green, because once paper has been laminated, you can’t ever recycle it. But if you find something you really love, and make a promise to use it until you can’t fathom ever looking at it’s design again, it’s simple decision. Repurposed maps and repurposed water, how very eco-friendly!
So keep your eyes peeled. You may find your perfect placemat in the most unexpected of places.