Thursday, November 19, 2015

DIY Wood Gobble Placemats

One week from today and we will be feasting away!  That means you still have plenty of time to get your Thanksgiving table in order and today I'm sharing this fun wood gobble placemat project.

I used one 2' x 4' 1/4" plywood handy panel which costs about $7 to make four placemats.

The wood placemats are a great alternative to traditional fabric placemats, layered on top of a tablecloth they add a touch of quirky fun to the table.

I choose to handpaint all the x's but you could use a paint pen.

  • 1 - 2' x 4' 1/4" plywood handy panel (cut into 4 pieces @ 12" x 18")
  • ballpoint pen
  • 'gobble' print out (link to free PDF file here)
  • small paint brush
  • brown acrylic craft paint
  • clear satin polyurethane

Step 1: Tape printout pieces together so all three 'gobbles' line up.  Center printout on wood placemats and trace x's using a ballpoint pen with lots of pressure.

Above is the result from tracing the printout.  The ballpoint pen leaves an indent in the wood.

Step 2: Paint over the indents.

Step 3: Seal the wood with clear satin polyurethane.

The turkey napkin rings are actually repurposed curtain rings and you can see the full tutorial here:


  1. I love these! I am going to try doing it with my wood burning tool.

  2. So cute! And so smart - $7 for all the placemats? So awesome. Pinning!

  3. These are too cool - love the homespun look of the letters.