This may seem like sort of an esoteric roundup, but when Shelterrific reminded us this week of Sarah Finn's laser-cut wood veneer placemats (second photo), our obsession with the item was renewed, and we felt compelled to explore the options, including some DIY techniques.
If you've got a table with an interesting, too-lovely-to-hide-with-a-tablecloth surface, laser-cut placemats are perfect, because they protect that cherished surface while still allowing it to shine through. Here are some of our favorites:
• 1 An old fave on AT, these paper pop-up laser cuts from Publique Living are perfect for parties, with their built-in pop-up place cards. $25 for a pack of 10.
• 2 German designer Sarah Finn crafts these beautifully sleek wood veneer laser cut mats. They're available for $25 at A+R, which suggests some alternative uses, including fashioning these as frames for photos or collages. Love it!
• 3 The felt Number Placemats from Little Factory are great for typography lovers, and they provide a handy way of seating your guests. Set of 4 for $26.
• 4 and 5 Laser-cut felt designs from Venucci are feminine and a little bit dressy, but not cloying. Set of 6 for $42 (and the silvery lace mats in the fifth photo are on sale for $34!).
• 6 The beechwood Cina Table Mat is pricey, but artful. Would be gorgeous on a glass table. About $65 from New Zealand-based Endemic World.
• 7 Kelly Wilkinson from the lovely Make Grow Gather posted a tutorial for these sweet felt placemats on Design*Sponge. You can imitate the laser-cut look with nice sharp pair of scissors.
• 8 Another DIY technique from Craftstylish cleverly uses a stencil and involves no sewing. Pretty results!