Not too long ago, my cabinets were stacked full of wedding dishes and serving platters divided by bubble wrap. If that’s not tacky enough, our pots and pans we separated by paper plates. The gouges and scratches that ruined our old set weren’t going to get the best of me. But, by the time our tenth guest asked me “did you just move in?” I knew I needed a better-looking solution. Trouble is, pot and pan protector pads can cost upwards of $15 for a set of three. If you know me, that’s not an option. Enter my solution for creating my own for under $1 each using a pair of scissors and a vinyl placemat. Oh, and I made a handy printable (see below) so the sizing turns out just right.
 
 
TIP: Click the image above to reveal the free building plans. Click the tabs below to see the tools, materials and cut list.
 
 

Cost: $1

Time: 15 Minutes

Difficulty: Easy. Jump print one of our templates, adhere to the placemat with tape, and cut out the pattern!

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Printer – If you’re using our Templates

Scissors

Tape

Vinyl Placemat – The one I chose was 12″ x 18″

 
 

Steps

 

1. Prep the Template

Download and print our free template (see Cut List Tab above). Cut along the red lines on each page of the template.
DIY Pot and Pan Protectors by Build Basic - Step 1

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2. Join the Template Parts

Position the pages of the template, and then join the pages using clear tape.
DIY Pot and Pan Protectors by Build Basic - Step 2

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3. Cut Out the Template

Using scissors, cut out the edges of each leg of the template. Leave the triangle connecting the two small protectors joined.
DIY Pot and Pan Protectors by Build Basic - Step 3

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4. Secure the Template

Position the template on the placemat. Place clear tape along the edges, and most importantly, the ends of each leg of the template.
DIY Pot and Pan Protectors by Build Basic - Step 4

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5. Cut the Template Edges

Using scissors, cut along the edges of the each protector.
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6. Cut the Triangle

Now cut the triangle between the two small protectors.
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7. Cut the Template Ends

Now, cut along the end of each leg of each protector.
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8. Remove the Template

Once all the edges and ends have been cut, the paper will lift off the placemat to reveal the completed protectors.
DIY Pot and Pan Protectors by Build Basic - Step 8

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