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Let your kids create their very own placemats! These are fun to make and almost any design that you can think of can be used. Try making holiday designs, mosaics, cars & trucks, your child’s name, or even a pretty scene. Looking for another easy craft?
You will need:
Construction paper, assorted colors
Tissue paper, assorted colors
pencils, scissors, tape, paste or glue
1. Start by drawing out your design on a piece of construction paper. Any color of paper works fine. Simple designs work best for this project, and make it easier to cut out the shapes. You can always add little details onto your design later.
2. Now that your design is cut out, the real fun begins! Decide what color or combination of colors you would like your placemat shapes to have. Cut out small to medium sized squares of either construction paper or tissue paper and glue or tape them over the cut out shapes on the back of the placemat. The photo below shows how the placemat will look from the front with the basic colors glued to the back.
3. Add extra details to your placemat shapes such as stripes, wings, or anything else you can imagine. Allow to dry if using glue/paste. Take another sheet of construction paper and glue this to the back of the placemat to cover up the back side.
4. Now cover both sides of the placemat with contact paper, leaving about a half inch on all sides. Trim a little if needed and voila! A cute, personalized placemat that your kids will actually want to use, since they made it themselves!
What ideas do you have for one of these placemats? While we were working on this one, we thought of all kinds of fun ideas, like fireworks, stars & planets, tropical birds, cats & dogs and more!