Homemade Fall Place Mats

The leaves are changing colors on the trees! What a perfect time to make a personalized fall place mat for your little ones! We made these last year and the leaf colors aren't as vibrant as they had been when we first made them. We may have to sneak out and grab some new leaves and make another set this year.


Approximate Time: 20 minutes or less


  • leaves
  • clear contact paper
  • large construction paper
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • photo of child


Collect leaves with your child. You may want to press the leaves in between the pages of a heavy book over night if they are curled on the edges.

Glue a photo of your child to the construction paper. I glued ours to a piece of solid white paper first, so that it was matted and stood out a bit.

Let your child arrange the leaves on the construction paper in any manner they wish to do.

When they are arranged to their liking, use a dab of glue to hold each in place.

Carefully cover the entire sheet of construction paper with a piece of clear contact paper, pressing out any air bubbles.

Cover the backside with contact paper as well.


Trim the edges of the place mat with a scissors and then enjoy using it daily!

By Michele from East Bethel, MN

two photo placemats with fall leaves

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October 6, 20080 found this helpful

My nieces did this for all the kids one year and it was such a nice touch to the holiday table.

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October 10, 20080 found this helpful

What a lovely idea! This brings back memories of when I was a wee one in the late '50's/ early 60's of collecting leaves, sandwiching them between two pieces of wax paper, placing a towel over them on the ironing board and pressing them together with a hot iron :-) We would then use pinking shears to cut the edges and use as place mats :-) Thanks for bringing back this long forgotten memory :-)

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November 13, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you for this great idea! I did this project last week-end with my three granddaughters. They enjoyed doing this and the place mats turned out really nice.

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