Wood-ef­fect place­mats

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Com­plete your al­fresco din­ing ta­ble with these stylish and cre­ative clay place­mats

Takes 45mins* Cost £4.49

Rolling pin Fimo air-dry­ing clay, £4.49 for 500g, Hob­by­craft Old sturdy place­mats (with no bend) Knife

Glue & paint­brush Clear sealer

Roll out the air-dry­ing clay to about 5mm thick and so that it mea­sures slightly larger than the size of your place­mat. Care­fully lay the place­mat lightly on top of the rolled clay and cut to fit around the out­side us­ing a sharp knife. Us­ing the tip of the knife, score the sur­face of the clay with a wood­grain pat­tern – you may wish to prac­tise draw­ing this de­sign on pa­per be­fore­hand to make sure you’re happy with the look. Leave the clay to dry thor­oughly (fol­low pack­ag­ing in­struc­tions). Use a strong glue to stick the clay on top of the place­mat and, once dry, ap­ply a coat­ing of var­nish or clear sealer to add a pro­tec­tive layer.

ama­zon melamine din­ner­ware, from £5; nap­kins, £16 for four, both House of Fraser. Suvi jug, £12; Suvi glass, £4; ananas tealight holder, £10, all Habi­tat

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