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How to Make Placemats Out of Unwanted Wooden Chopsticks

Perfect for everyday elegance on the cheap and a must-have for your next sushi bash.


  • Step 1: Set out the chopsticks Set out the chopsticks, unseparated, next to one another, alternating wide ends to tapered ends, to form a rectangle.
  • Step 2: Lay out the design Lay out the final design by pulling out the wide ends of the chopsticks about three inches from the top and bottom. This creates a solid, five-inch strip in the middle.
  • Step 3: Measure Measure the middle strip and cut out a piece of sturdy fabric to act as a backing.
  • TIP: Burlap is a good, sturdy fabric that is also cheap.
  • Step 4: Glue on fabric Glue the piece of fabric onto the middle section only, and then let it dry for a few hours.
  • Step 5: Repeat Repeat steps one through four for each additional placemat you want to make.
  • FACT: Did you know? About 45 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks are used in China alone every year.

You Will Need

  • Forty pairs chopsticks
  • A ruler
  • A piece of sturdy fabric
  • Craft glue
  • Burlap (optional)

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