DIY Pinwheel Placemats

Time: ~30 minutes per mat
Materials: placemats (found mine at Ikea), tape, paint, brush

DIY Pinwheel Placemats (click through for full tutorial!)You may have spotted these placemats in their natural state last week when I shared these diy bleach dyed napkins. It only took me about 2 seconds after photographing that tutorial to decide that they could use a colorful makeover. What can I say, nothing is safe from being color dipped in my home. This one takes no time at all and is super easy to do. Here’s how:

DIY Pinwheel Placemats (click through for full tutorial!)I used a multi-purpose craft paint, which I found was absorbed nicely by the placemats I used. If you’re placemats are made of another materials, I recommend looking into sealing them to keep the paint in tact (but it all depends).

DIY Pinwheel Placemats (click through for full tutorial!)Work one section and color at a time. Tape off your triangle and smooth over tape with your finger. I ended up painting sections of different sizes, but you can be more specific this is process. Apply your paint. Depending on how dark your mat is, you may need to apply another coat.

Peel tape and let dry before taping off the next section. It helps to do the same color all at once, on all of your placemats. That way, by the time you finish the last one, the paint on the first one will be dry. Repeat this process for the remaining colors and you’re done.

DIY Pinwheel Placemats (click through for full tutorial!)So that’s it! Such an easy way to bring some color into your summer entertaining, don’t you think?

DIY Pinwheel Placemats (click through for full tutorial!)Funny story about this photo shoot actually. I photograph all my tutorials outside. I went back in the house for a second to grab something and then saw a crow flying off with one of the waffles. No joke, he ate my prop waffle.

DIY Pinwheel Placemats (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Pinwheel Placemats (click through for full tutorial!)




  • I love the color combination you went with – so bright and happy!

  • Breanna

    These are perfection! So cute and great color choices. And I don’t blame that crow because those waffles look delish!

    • You are so sweet, thanks Bre! And heck yeah they were. It’s a good thing I ate some before the shoot I guess :)

  • Casey Starks

    That crow is my hero.

  • HelloLidy

    So cute Rachel! And hilarious ;)


    • Thanks Lidy! And yeah, sometimes blogging gets weird over here :)

  • Quintessential Rachel colors <3 Beautifully done!

  • Sarah

    So so perfect! Love these for summer bbqs!

    • Thank you so much Sarah! Summer is just the best to craft for!

  • amy c

    Fun! Perfect for summertime!

  • Amy @ Delineate Your Dwelling

    Simple and fun, a perfect summer DIY!

    • Thank you so much Amy! The more color for summer, the better, yeah?!

  • Amy @ Delineate Your Dwelling

    PS- would love to see your outdoor photo session space! ha

    • Working on something for that right now! It’s not cute, but it totally does the trick!

  • Tan

    Super summery and fun!

  • Monique | WritingMonique

    Really cute! Love the bright colours!


  • Beautiful! What a fun idea! I love how the natural color of the placemats look next to the bright colors of the paint!

  • So simple but will definitely brighten up the table! Perfect for summer!

    Valerie | Even The Smallest

  • corey

    What a great idea to spruce up a summer table! I actually have some of those from Ikea! Thanks for the inspiration. – Corey @

    • Oh yay, they’re so cute, it was hard to pass them up at Ikea! Can’t wait to see what you do with yours!