step 1Take 40 pairs of chopsticks out of the package but do not pull pairs apart.
step 2Lay them all side to side, wide end to narrow end, flat on your work table. The final shape you are making is a rectangle.
step 3Carefully pull only the wide ends three inches from both the top and bottom edges to create the appearance of a picket fence. As such, this "picket fence" look will be at the top and bottom of the design, with the solid mass in the center, approximately five inches wide.
step 4Measure the "solid mass" in the center of your mat and cut a piece of burlap or other sturdy material to match. Glue this fabric to cover only the solid portion (as backing), leaving the "picket fence" section visible.
step 5Allow to dry before using.