Homemade Christmas Decorations: Handmade Placemats

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All throughout the year I love to do different crafts with my children.  This allows them the chance to be creative and strengthen their imaginations and it gives me wonderful artwork that I will cherish forever.  We are especially busy around the holidays making this craft or that.  Our tree has very few ordainments on it that are not hand made.  One of my favorite crafts to do around the holidays is to make placemats from old greeting cards.


What You Will Need:

Clear contact paper * I use a laminating machine because the laminate has a firmer texture but contact paper serves the same purpose* There is also self-adhesive laminating sheets that you can purchase.

Old greeting cards




Decorative paper or card stock for the backing

A template to cut out the greeting cards. ( It can be a star, circle, square, or whatever else you can think up.)  You could also cut around the pictures and make a collage.

Old greeting cards can be used for many different crafts, not just placemats.
Old greeting cards can be used for many different crafts, not just placemats. | Source

How To Make The Placemats:

Choose which greeting cards that you would like to use on the placemat.

Cut them out using the templates you chose.


Take a piece of the decorative paper or card stock and glue the cut-out greeting cards onto it anyway that you would like.  Set aside.


Lay a piece of contact paper on the table with the sticky side up.


Place the card stock with greeting cards onto the contact paper.


Lay another piece of contact paper on top, sticky side down.


Trim up the edges and you’re DONE!


Now you will have a placemat that you can be proud of and show off.

You Could Also Try

  • Sprinkle glitter around the pictures before putting on the second sheet of contact paper to add a sparkling look.
  • Use plain white card stock and have your children draw Christmas pictures as the background.
  • Cut out words and add a message or the child's name to the placemat. 

This is a great way to spice up any family dining space.  Children will just love the fact that their artwork is on display for all to see.  Parents will love it because it is easy and doesn't cost a lot of money to do.

This is a great activity because it uses stuff that most people have around the house.  Plus, it makes use of all of those old greeting cards that you don’t know what to do with, but don’t want to throw away.



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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

Great idea.

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Pinkchic18 6 years ago from Minnesota

Wonderful tips and ideas! Great job with this hub :)

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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

Lovely I am definitely going to have a go, thank you for the tips.

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MarieAlice 6 years ago from Peru

nice ideas, and cheap too...great!!

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ChristinaScibona 6 years ago from The Heart of the Finger Lakes Author

Thanks everyone...it is a great craft to do with kids!

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MTNCATBSG 5 years ago from Va

You have given me a great idea for making Christmas placemats to give to my nieces and nephew! They will love them I think.Thank you! Love this site.

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