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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
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
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
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
If you have a lot of extra photos and dread putting them all in albums, a photo placemat is a great way to show them off to everyone. You can use your scrapbook skills and supplies to create an entertaining place at the dinner table. The photo fun placemat is a great gift to give to friends. However, I find that young kids really like to see themselves when they eat. I made this one after a trip to the zoo.
By Kelli Mahoney
For a western-themed party, cut out the thigh areas of old blue jeans and sew them into placemats. Be sure to keep the pockets intact and sew them on the placemat for the insertion of silverware.
By Bobbie from Imperial, NE
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!
By Connie Decker Brown
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I would like to have placemats made from our school pictures. How or where can I have this done?
By Arlene H.