I have to admit, I like decorating for holidays but sometimes the holiday sneaks up on me and I don't have the things I need to make a cute presentation. That's when making my own placemat and cupcake toppers is perfect since I can use up patterned papers left over from my scrapbook pages and the photos from the holiday will coordinate perfectly when they are scrapped!
To make this tutorial extra easy for you I've created all the cut files you need and you can download them all HERE for free. Also, don't forget to watch this short video tutorial that will help guide you in making these as well.
Woven Paper Placemat
Step 1 - Load all of the cut files onto your USB flash drive and then insert it into your ScanNCut. Click on "patterns," "saved data," and then the USB icon. Select the "weave.fcm" file and cut it out on a 12" x 12" piece of patterned paper. This will be you paper loom for your placemat.
Step 2 - Cut out the border shape "BO-A006" from the border patterns that are preloaded into every ScanNCut machine. Keep the size at 1.57" x 11.42" and change the number to cut to 6.
Place two 6" x 12" patterned papers onto your mat, insert it into the machine, and then press the scan icon so you can make sure the papers and patterns are lined up correctly, you need 3 shapes per paper...6 total.
*Being able to scan my papers & see them on the screen in relation to my patterns is my FAVORITE feature on the ScanNCut!
Step 3 - Next weave the border strips into your paper loom going over the first band, under the second, and so on.
For your next border strip, start by going under, over, under, and so on. Continue alternating the two patterned papers and weaving until all the pieces have been used. Adjust the strips so they are evenly spaced and then glue down the end pieces on the back side of the placemat to keep them in place.
Step 4 - Lastly cut out and glue down the square border "weave_frame.fcm" (also a free cut file) so that it's centered on the placemat.
Add faux stitch lines on it with a white pen if desired.
When you're finished your placemat should look similar to this:
Step 1 - Load the free cut files onto your USB flash drive and then insert it into your ScanNCut. Click on "patterns," "saved data," and then the USB icon. Select the "patriotic_pinwheel.fcm" file and place a patterned paper that is at least 12" x 2" at the top of the sticky mat, this is for the pinwheel. Beneath it place two papers that are at least 2.5" x 2.5" for the star and the circle.
Press the scan button so you're able to see your papers on the screen and then move your patterns onto the correct papers before cutting them out.
Step 2 - Apply adhesive to the circle shape so that it's ready to be glued on after the border piece is folded.
Next accordion fold the border shape using the scallop edge as a folding guide. You want a fold in each valley of the scallop.
Once it's completely folded, apply adhesive to one of the ends and attach it to the other end to form a circular shape.
Press the center down on your table top to flatten it out and then mount it onto the circle that you already put adhesive on.
Step 3 - Lastly, glue the star to the top of the pinwheel and glue on a toothpick so it can be inserted into some yummy cupcakes.
-Enjoy those yummy cupcakes!! I'll have the recipe on my blog later this week for the lemon filled ones I made for this blog post. They are SOOOoooo good!
Sponsor: Brother International
Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.