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Pounded-Grass Place Mats

White cotton or linen place mats are an ideal backdrop for a verdant lawn motif.




  • White cotton or linen place mats
  • Wheat grass
  • Scissors
  • White card stock
  • Hammer


  1. Step 1

    From a flat of wheatgrass, cut enough blades (removing roots) for one mat.

  2. Step 2

    Lay mat faceup over a sheet of white card stock. Arrange 5 to 8 blades along the base of the mat. Lay another sheet of card stock over blades. Hold it in place, and hammer in a uniform manner.

  3. Step 3

    Remove top piece of card stock; discard blades. Repeat, working in sections, using fresh grass.

  4. Step 4

    Designs will fade over time. Wash with mild detergent in cold water.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2006



Reviews (5)

  • jnokleby 12 Apr, 2012

    I plan on scoping the yard for all things that could be used...herbs, chives, pansies, dandylions, etc This would be a fun art photo for the kids to do and frame.

  • conlmack 23 Feb, 2010

    You could stamp these also!

  • stephLjones 29 Mar, 2009

    I like this technique also! I am going to look for placemats from Tuesday Morning...a discount shop here in charlotte.

    You could also even try wal-mart...they often have fabric placemats.

  • spikely 26 Mar, 2009

    Maybe try Cost Plus Imports (or Pier 1) - they may have cotton rather than linen.

  • wordsandmusic 8 Mar, 2009

    Does anyone know an inexpensive course for these linen placemats?