Stenciled Cross Placemats

I've wanted to make a project with the Swiss cross design for a long time now. 

I love black and white and graphic designs so this covers all the bases for me.  

I often see the simple cross on pillows but today I'm going to make placemats using an awesome and easy to use stencil with the perfect cross design.

Take a look ...

table with placemats and black and white dishes

Like I said, I've loved the look of the cross design for a long time now so when Old Sign Stencils came out with the cross design in 3 different size stencils, I was all in! 

affiliate disclaimer

old sign stencils cross patterned stencils

Today I'm using the largest size stencil and a set of very inexpensive vinyl placemats I bought recently. 

cross pattern stencil on placemat

This project is seriously so simple there is almost no tutorial! 

vinyl placemats

I'm using Fusion Mineral Paint in the color Coal Black. This is my "go to" black for everything!  I love that this paint is so durable that it can be used on a vinyl placemat and washed when necessary. 

stenciled crosses with black paint

The vinyl placemats I'm using have a weave in them so I used a just a little bit of paint on my stencil brush so I didn't get paint through the weave. I actually use an old textured tile to wipe some of the paint off my brush before I use it on the stencil. This gives me the perfect amount of paint on my stencil brush. 

cross pattern stencil

I just eyeballed the placement of the stencil which just happened to almost fit perfectly on the placemat.

I stenciled the 4 crosses on the stencil then moved it over to do 2 more crosses. 

stenciled cross pattern placemat

Because I didn't use too much paint, the placemats took only minutes to dry. 

6 stenciled placemats with crosses

As you can see my placemats had a big fold in the center from shipping but all I had to do was to cover them with a cloth and steam them flat when I was finished. Ironing or steaming is always a good idea to set paint too! 

cross patterned placemats

That's it! 

table with stenciled placemats around

I did 6 placemats in no time and I just love the way they turned out! 

set of stenciled placemats

They look great on my very long farmhouse table and they couldn't be easier to make! 

stenciled placemats and dishes

I'm a big fan of black, white and grey as you can see so these placemats are perfect with my dishes. 

cross placemat with dish set

Please pin for later --->> 

set of placemats with crosses and overlay

These vinyl placemats with this simple design will be perfect for outdoors this summer too! They would make a great gift too! 

table with cross pattern placemats


table set with cross placemats and dishes

I'm looking forward to using this stencil again in other sizes too! The best part of Old Sign Stencils by Funky Junk Interiors is that they are so durable. I have many of their stencils and not only are they made from quality materials, they last forever! You will find that you can use even just small parts of their stencils on projects too. 

arial view of table setting

Thanks so much for visiting and before you go please take a minute to sign up for the Homeroad newsletter in the pop up so you'll get the scoop on new and past DIY projects straight to your inbox. 

table setting with placemats and dishes

thanks for visiting



I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .