diy table matsThis time for your home decor we have come up with an idea that will transform your dining experience! Let me run you through on how to make table mats with Batik. So batik is usually done by placing hot wax on cloth and dying the cloth. Wherever the wax is placed, the dye does not take to the cloth. Creating a rough & ready effect that looks stunning. Needless to say, it’s a bit more complicated than that. So, we wanted to share a simpler technique through which, you can get the same effect. But, on paper instead. It’s a lot fun for kids to do too (my kid cousin was helping me make these table mats & we had a blast!).

Now, it’s one thing to try a technique and another to make it useful. Which is why, we made a place mat set for the table with the method. This increased the amount of time we spent on the craft. But, the end result is worth it. Right?

table mats made at home

Time: 5-6 hours (varies depending on the number of table mats you make)

Budget: Low


  • Thick white paper (A3 size)
  • Thick colored paper
  • Assorted tempera paints
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Black ink
  • Tissue/ paper towels/ newspapers
  • Brushes, pencil
  • Sponge

Note: If tempera paints are unavailable, acrylic paints work fine. So, don’t worry about that.

batik table mats


  1. Draw out the design on the A3 size sheets. An easy way, is to create a stencil and trace it onto the mats. This would allow you to create the exact same design on all of the pieces. Try to keep the design as simple and large as possible, to get the maximum possible effect.
  2. Paint a double coat of paint in the drawing and let it dry completely.

design and painting the table mats3. Using a sponge, smear ONE layer of black ink on top of the sheet, without overlapping brushstrokes. You can put it only on the design, or on the entire sheet.

painting the mat

4. Let it dry for about 30 minutes. And then using a damp cloth, wipe the black ink away. Don’t press it too hard, or the paper will tear and the ink will wipe off completely.table mat painting

5. Let the sheet dry. Paint the gaps with black paint.

complete mats

6. Cut thick colored sheets of paper to stick to the back of the mats. This will make them sturdier in the long run. And give finish to the mats. Why? Because the ink typically shines like this on the back. Eyesore much! 

We repeated the steps a couple of times to make a complete set of table mats, with a more elaborate version of the same design for the centerpieces.

making the table mat

Optional: Cover the sheets in plastic to maintain them for a longer time period. But, this isn’t usually done for black paper. Since, the lamination leaves air pockets that look very bad.

handmade batik mats

To keep in mind:

  1. Make sure the paint used for the design isn’t watery. In fact, if it can be painted without any water, it works better.
  2. Don’t use a lot of water on your cloth/tissues. Otherwise, it will soak through the paper and ruin it.
  3. Keep the design as basic as possible.
  4. You can even make smaller versions of it for coasters

table coasters

table mat and coaster with dish and glassHow do you like the technique to make table mats at home? Let us know if you would like to see similar ideas!