Making your own unique placemats is a great way to use your craft skills. This is a guide about homemade placemat ideas.
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I am going to get some clear contact paper and cover my daughter's pictures that she drew and colored. I am going to use these as placemats. I will border the sides of the paper with ribbon if I find the right color.
I am also going to make a self esteem placemat for my kids. I will have their friends write what they like the most about my child.
This will be a keepsake and they can look at it often.
By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN
I design and make so many placemats that I have a template on my computer! When I decide on a theme for a new placemat, I play around with it on the computer. When I'm happy with what I've created, I print it out and crochet from the chart. If you haven't crocheted from a chart before, it's really quite easy, *especially when using my template!
Level: Intermediate, only because there are so many color changes.
Beginners: Double crochet is the only stitch used in this pattern. Give changing yarn colors a try!
My husband brought home these denim placemats because he liked the pocket for the silverware. I scurried to my "resource" center and got out some material and made 1 inch red bias tape for the edging. Then I found the "heart" material in another "resource" box. The place mats are 15 inches by 19 inches. If your machine (like mine) will never be able to sew a denim pocket on a placemat because of the thickness, you could use a shirt pocket or just make a pocket. A while back one of our "thrifty" group suggested always using cloth napkins. Along the way I have now collected a large, varied assortment of designs. These placemats could be given for gifts at any holiday or a housewarming present. Great for picnics! Enjoy!
Approximate Time: one hour
By Tedebear from San Jose, CA
1. Take pictures and stick them to yellow scrapbook paper using double-sided sticky tape.
2. Cut around the pictures using designer-edged scissors, giving the pictures a framed feel.
3. Put the die-cut with the "title" on the top. In this case the title is "Zoo-pendous." You can use the double sided sticky-tape. Remember, you will want the paper to be horizontal rather than vertical.
4. Lay out the pictures and stick them to the red paper. Using the double sided sticky tape.
5. Use the sticky dots for the die cuts to give them a "sticker" back, and place them around the pictures.
6. When your layout is complete, use the self-laminating sheets to turn your page into a placemat. Take one sheet and place it over the top, then turn the placemat over and stick another laminating sheet to the bottom. If you have a laminating machine, even better, as you can use it to laminate the placemat.
7. These are also nice for putting up on the fridge, too. Just add magnets to the back of the placemat.
Bring the beauty of fall indoors with these easy to make, leaf-printed placemats. The kids will have a ball making these.
Approximate Time Less than 1 hour
By Mom of 1 from Wilkesboro, NC
I take pictures from trips I have taken, laminate them on placemat size paper. They are always of interest when people come to dinner. I have also done this with various holiday cards, so I have placemats to go with all holidays.
By Bev from Carlsbad, CA
Approximate Time: 30
Cut out the prettiest part of Christmas cards you have received, (pictures and words)! You do not have to cut perfect circles or squares, just cut out whatever you want in any shape.
You also might like to use the scissors with decorative edges.
Or, put the name of the person who gave you the card on the back. (I did this and have a card from a special person who has passed away - I will treasure this forever!).
Arrange pieces in a square or circle and tape the pieces together on the back. Now laminate it yourself to take it to be laminated.
By Tonya from Louisville, TN
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