DIY Mackenzie-Childs Courtly Check placemats!

I have long wanted some Mackenzie Child’s Courtly Check placemats.  But their cheapest cork back ones run at $68 for a set of four.  Whereas their fabric ones are $56 a piece! Boo!  So I had to come up with my own solution!  I’ll make my own!

Easy DIY Mackenzie Childs Courtly Check placemats!

Materials Needed

Courtly Check tissue paper (you can get this either from a previous MK purchase OR you can search eBay and purchase some).


  1. Cut out the tissue paper in the placemat size desired. Use a previous placemat as a guide.
  2. Go to kinkos and have the paper laminated. The tissue paper is too soft for the laminator, so using a regular piece of paper to back it is a good idea.  I used the biggest piece of paper that could fit in their laminator at my local kinkos. Size will vary depending on local kinkos.
  3. And there is no number three. You are already DONE!

Total project cost for making 8 placemats: $52. 

Are they as nice as the real MK placemats? NO. But now whenever I spill my salsa drips on these ones, it’s no big deal!

Easy DIY Mackenzie-childs placemats

A view from the side:

A view from the back…

Love this idea because it gives me the look for literally the price of 1 placemat!  

Now check back next week because I’ll unveil my tablescape with these wonderful placemats!

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  1. August 13, 2014 / 12:30 pm

    As a person who has been pricing placemats lately, I can say that this is a fantastic idea at such a bargain price! love them.

  2. August 14, 2014 / 1:51 pm

    What a good idea. I made my own by painting the checks on existing cork back mats, but this works too!

    • August 22, 2014 / 4:23 pm

      What a great idea! As I like to tell people… I'm a scientist, not an artist. I'm not very good at painting or drawing!

  3. August 20, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    Great idea! I do love the Courtly Check! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party!

    • August 22, 2014 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks for hosting!

  4. August 21, 2014 / 2:12 am

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

    • August 22, 2014 / 4:24 pm

      Thanks for hosting!

  5. Anonymous
    August 23, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    I did another DIY, I bought MK tissue on EBay, found silver plastic chargers at Goodwill, sprayed them white first, then lastly decopauged the MK tissue onto the chargers! Gave them a coat of clear gloss, and voila!

    • August 24, 2014 / 12:37 am

      What a great idea!! Maybe I will have to do that on my next diy mk project!