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Holiday Placemats

Updated on November 28, 2019
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Fin lives in California's Central Valley and is interested in social issues and creative writing.

Placemats are...

perhaps somewhat old fashioned. Not too many people eat at the table anymore.

Still, these are works of art that can be useful at restaurants, or hung on the refrigerator. When you do decide on a family meal, they make great settings.

These work as a way of preserving keepsakes, preparing collages for gifts, and are activities that are a nice alternative to television on a rainy day.

Supplies are fairly basic or inexpensive. This can be done solo, but it always helps to have a partner or two. Of course, this works well for groups.

If children are going to be doing this, it is recommended they have adult supervision.

You Will Need



card stock or construction paper



colored pencils or markers


clear contact paper

glue or tape

additional supplies (optional)




coloring pages


other craft supplies

Supplies you will need

Step 1: Design your picture

Take one of the pieces of card stock or construction paper and work on a design for it. You can glue photos, write messages, or decorate it how you wish.

You can color it or place stickers or other designs.

Work on your design

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Step 2: Set it asside and cut the contact paper

Roll out the contact paper and set your drawing out.

You want a sheet that is about an inch longer on each side of your drawing.

Cut out two sheets approximately the same size.

For example, if your paper is 12' x 14', you should cut a sheet that is about 14' x 16'.

Cut your sheets

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Step 3: Peel your sheet and place your mat

Carefully peel your contact paper sheets one at a time.

You may need a partner with this one.

Try and keep it as smooth as possible.

Peel the first one and set it down on a smooth surface, sticky side up.

Peel the first sheet and set your mat

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Step 4: Peel the other sheet and cover

Tear off the other sheet of contact paper.

Carefully place the liner over the place mat, sticky side down.

Start at one end and press the second sheet down onto the first.

You may want to use a ruler to smooth things out

Peel the top sheet and place it

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Step 5: Trim the edges

Cut off the excess plastic from the edges. You may want a small border along the sides.

Trim the edges

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Finn


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