Time Required :
About an hour
Beginner
Beginner
You're new to the skills necessary to complete this project, or maybe you've tried them just once or twice before.

martha stewart pirate party place mats

Ahoy, mateys! Are ye seeking a treasure trove of DIY décor for your next pirate party? Though ye sail the Seven Seas, you’ll never find a more adorable set of place mats than these, designed by Martha Stewart. We’ll show you how to stencil enough for a whole ship full of scalawags in the instructions below!
Step 1
Before you begin stenciling your place mat, place a piece of cardboard underneath, to support it and to protect your work surface. Make sure to do this for each place mat you create.
Step 2
Use the small dauber and Deep Sea Blue paint to stencil a rope design all the way around the place mat, about 1" from the edge. Make sure to leave an open space at the bottom of each mat for your “AHOY” banner. Repeat this step for the rest of your place mats.
Step 3
Working with one paint color at a time, stencil the pirate ship and its details (sails, flags and waves) in the center of each place mat. Next, stencil the “AHOY” banner at the bottom center of each place mat.
Step 4

Let the place mats dry for 72 hours and then heat set each one. 

TIP: Here’s how to heat set your mats:

  • First, place one mat, painted side face up, on an ironing board. Cover the artwork with a dry pressing cloth.
  • Next, set the iron’s temperature at the highest setting offered for your chosen fabric.
  • Place the iron onto one section of the cloth and press it in place for 30 seconds, using dry, hot heat.
  • Lift the iron and reposition it to heat set another area. Make sure the pressing cloth always covers your artwork, so the iron doesn’t touch it directly.
  • Continue these steps until you’ve heat set all the painted areas.
Step 5

Time to clean up! Make sure you wash all your brushes and tools immediately after using them, so the paint is removed before it has a chance to dry. 

TIP: Do not put your paper stencils in water to wash them. Just wipe away any excess paint with a paper towel. You can let the remaining paint dry on the stencil, then store it on its backer sheet until you need it again.

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  • Canvas Place Mats – Natural
  • Paper Towels
  • Water Container
  • Paper Plate (or Palette Paper)
  • Cardboard
  • Iron
  • Ironing Cloth (or Bandana)
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