How to Make Spring No-Sew Photo Mosaic Placemats

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How to make no-sew photo mosaic placemats for spring.
How to make no-sew photo mosaic placemats for spring.

The popular misconception notwithstanding, Florida experiences seasonal changes. Squirrels fill our wooded acres and I already hear baby birds. Last week, I hung our bird feeders. Our blueberry bushes have tiny, white buds. It’s time to start thinking about planting. Oh. It’s also time to mow the lawn. Any takers?

How to Make a No Sew Photo Mosaic Placemat for SpringNow that winter wanes, I grow excited for spring and ready to change out some of our rich winter colors for some lighter spring shades. Since we host parties and get-togethers for spring holidays, such as Easter, Mother’s Day, and David’s birthday, I’m starting with the dining table.

First, I’m bringing out our spring tablecloth. I’m replacing our dark burgundy cloth with a lighter, cornflower blue one.  I also found some adorable spring-themed paper plates for those times we have lots of guests.  To personalize the setting (and since I sew as well as a blind nanny goat), I’m making no-sew photo mosaic placements for the children’s table, as well.

Since these are laminated, they clean up easily and make a perfect addition to the kids’ table. However, they aren’t too cutesy and won’t detract from your spring home decor.

Supplies for No-Sew Photo Mosaic Placemats

I love photo mosaic artwork, and it’s so easy to make!  Photo mosaics are large pictures made up of smaller photos.  To make my spring-themed placemats, I downloaded the program TurboMosaic which does all the work for you. You just upload your favorite photo you want as the main photo.  Next, you upload several photos you want in the mosaic.  Play with the settings till you achieve the desired effect.  Click the button to generate your mosaic and Voila! You have your very own piece of art!

I’m going to show you how to turn that personalized art into placemats for your spring table!

For this project, you need:

  1. The TurboMosaic software program.  It’s available for Windows or Mac and has three different versions including a home, advanced, and professional version. TurboMosaic also offers a free trial.  The free trial allows you to play with the program to see if you enjoy it, but your finished product includes a watermark.
  2. Your favorite photo – choose a simple photo with clear lines, sharp contrast, and minimal subjects.  For my spring no-sew photo mosaic placemats, I selected this picture of I took of clover flowers.

    Main photo for photo mosaic
    Main photo for photo mosaic has clear lines, simple subject, and distinctive contrast.
  3. Several digital photos you want to make up the main image.  I chose photos I took of butterflies, flowers, budding plants, and other spring reminders.
  4. Scotch 8.9 x 11.4 Laminating Pouches.  You can try other brands.  I used this brand.
  5. Laminator or clothing iron.

Steps to Create No-Sew Photo Mosaic Placemats

  1. Import your photos into the TurboMosaic software program.  Select the “Main picture button” to select the primary photo.  Next, click the “tile” image button to import your tiles.
  2. Change the orientation and crop your main photo if necessary.
  3. Select your settings.  Do you want square, round, or hexagon mosaic pictures?  How many mosaic tiles do you want?  The more mosaic tiles, the smaller the tiles become, and it becomes increasingly harder to determine what images make up the photo.  What color background do you want?  Select tile spacing and level of shading.  Also, tell the program whether you want to use color shading, or use the photo as an overlay, or both.  Honestly, there is no magic combination.  Choose the options that you like best.  Each photo is different.
  4. Click the “generate mosaic” button.
  5. Finally, export the photo to your favorite photo viewer and print as many copies as you want to make.
    Here is my final result:

    The final mosaic print
    The final mosaic print

    Close up of the mosaic. You can see all the individual photos that make up the big photo
    Close-up of the mosaic. You can see all the individual photos that make up the big photo
  6. Slide each print into a Scotch 8.9 x 11.4 Laminating Pouch.  If you have a laminator, run it through the laminator.  If not, lay the piece between two thin rags or two t-shirts with one piece of cloth on top of the pouch and one below it.  Make sure it lays flat and wrinkle free. Run it over with a heated iron until the piece is completely sealed.

Here’s how my no-sew photo mosaic placemats look on the table.

Finished placemat for the kids' table
Finished placemat for the kids’ table

Other applications and inspirations

  1. Print mosaic vacation photos.  Modge podge them to a shadow box that holds holiday souvenirs.  Beautiful with beach photos on a box holding sea shells.
  2. For Mother’s Day (or mom’s birthday), make a photo mosaic of her with the tiles of all of her children and grandchildren through the years.
  3. Make a business logo made of tiles of the products you carry.  Great idea for a beauty company!
  4. Print a mosaic on a T-shirt for Father’s Day.

What other ideas can you think of?

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Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

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Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

16 Comments

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    July 27, 2017 - 5:57 pm

    […] So, for the last two months, I’ve been looking for something to un-blank that wall. (Is un-blank a word? – It is now. It’s mine, and you can’t have it. ).   Finally, I decided I wasn’t going to be happy with anything store-bought. Does it sound like I’m hard to please? Because I’m really not.  I just wanted something special. Sometimes, I just like a personal touch – not unlike the time that I made these No-Sew Placemats. […]

  • Claudia Krusch

    March 14, 2017 - 3:11 pm

    Love it! Those are so pretty!! Perfect for Spring decor accent!!

  • Melanie Walsh

    March 13, 2017 - 10:50 pm

    What a lovely addition to the family table. Can’t wait to see what the app could do with our family photos.

    • Alicia Taylor

      March 14, 2017 - 10:04 am

      I’m sure you will love it. I’m thinking of doing something for mother’s day for my mom and grandmother with it

  • Nikki

    March 13, 2017 - 10:35 pm

    Oh my gosh! Those are so pretty. Perfect for a spring table.

    • Alicia Taylor

      March 14, 2017 - 10:05 am

      Thanks, Nikki! They are also incredibly easy.

  • Stephanie Jeannot

    March 13, 2017 - 9:37 pm

    Sounds really nice to do. Maybe I’ll make some for my nephews with their pictures. That would be really cool!

    • Alicia Taylor

      March 14, 2017 - 10:05 am

      I bet they would love that! You know, you could also use it to design one of your CD covers.

  • Kristin

    March 13, 2017 - 8:05 pm

    This is such a fun idea! I’ve never heard of this, will have to do these with the kids!

  • loisaltermark

    March 13, 2017 - 7:53 pm

    Wow, that is amazing! I can’t sew so I’m happy to especially happy to see this. It’s beautiful.

  • Milena Barrett

    March 13, 2017 - 7:40 pm

    I lobe that its no sew! I’ve always wanted to make something like this!

  • Cynthia Landrie

    March 13, 2017 - 6:35 pm

    Oh My Gosh! What a fun placemat. I love that each of the little squares has a photo in it. So cute!

  • reesann723

    March 13, 2017 - 4:29 pm

    What a pretty idea! I should make these for my mom, she is always looking for placemats!

  • Catherine Sargent

    March 13, 2017 - 3:54 pm

    Your placemat is so pretty. I love the idea of making my own with my own photos.

  • Cathy Herard

    March 13, 2017 - 3:22 pm

    What a fun idea, especially for gift-giving! I think my mother-in-law and father-in-law would both love something like this for Mother’s and Father’s Day and since they are both SUPER hard to buy for I’m really glad you shared this idea.

  • Rebecca Bryant

    March 13, 2017 - 3:21 pm

    That is beautiful. I like the no sew part best as I am so not handy with a needle. I am so trying to do this. It looks fun.

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