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Adding Dinner Table Flair: Tasseled Placemats

Looking for some table-setting inspiration? Revamp your old place mats by adding tassels and try to create this fun and flirty breakfast tablescape.

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Materials

• Roll of abaca (or cotton) string

• 1.5-inch-wide cardboard strip

• Scissors

• Clear plastic thread

• Old (or new!) place mat, preferably made out of bamboo or natural fiber

 

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Wrap the abaca string around the piece of cardboard around 20 times. 

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Cut the spool of string loose from the spool you just created with the cardboard.

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At one end, thread a piece of string under the string; tie a tight knot. 

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On the other end, snip all the strings. 

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Fold the bundle of strings in half and wrap a piece of string around the closed end -- about ¼ inch from the edge  -- and tie in a knot. It is more secure if you wrap the string around the tassel head a few times before securing the knot.

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Create 20 tassels for one place mat, 10 for each side.

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Thread one end of the clear thread through the placemat and knot the string multiple times to secure the tassel in place. Attach 10 tassels per side, about 1 inch apart. 

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Set the table (or tray) for a delicious feast! 

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