Most children love arts and crafts, as it gives them a creative outlet. Let your children make their own placemats to give to friends and family as gifts, or to decorate your own table. Your child may be more willing to help you set the table for dinner if his handiwork is amongst the items he is supposed to set out. Placemats are fairly easy and inexpensive to make, and can easily update your dining table for any season, holiday or just because.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Paper/poster board/tagboard
- Glue sticks
- Crayons or markers
- Laminate or contact paper
Dictate a purpose or theme for the placemats. Let your child know if the placemats are a gift for someone, or to grace your own table for a particular reason. This will help her decide how to decorate the placemats.
Cut poster board, tagboard or thick construction paper to fit the size (and shape) you want. Use a standard placemat as your guide if you are unsure.
Let your child decorate the placemat. He can arrange family pictures, cut pictures out of magazines, draw his own pictures, copy his hand prints, make leaf prints or decorate the placemat in any manner he wants. Glue pictures to the placemat with a glue stick. Decorate both sides of the placemat to make it more versatile.
Add finishing touches to the placemat, such as your child's name and the date of your project, glitter or any other embellishments.
Laminate the placemats or cover them with contact paper. This will protect your child's artwork from food and tears, as well as preserve it for years to come.
Tips and warnings
- Create personalised placemats for everyone in the family. Let each of your children design their own.
- Do not allow your child to use scissors or glue without supervision. If your child isn't ready for scissors, cut out pictures for her.
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