Christmas Placemats

This Christmas Placemats craft is a great activity for the whole family! Even toddlers and preschoolers can make their own. This is a great way to recycle old cards, wrapping paper and ribbon! And, you can even wipe them clean! The finished placemat measures about 18½" X 13½".

Ages: 2 and Up

An adult will have to help younger children tape their squares together.

Here's what you'll need...

• Construction paper or cardstock
• Scissors
• Glue
• Pencil
• Flat objects to glue into your placemat, like pictures cut out from old cards or wrapping paper, you can use ribbon, sequins, confetti, or just markers and crayons.
• 6 Sandwich-size Zip-lock baggies
• Duct tape in any color you choose (2”masking tape will also work)

Here's how you make them...

1. Cut off the extra plastic that is above the zipper, but don't cut off the zipper!

2. Trace around the baggie onto paper. Cut it out, but a little smaller than what you traced; you are going to slide the paper rectangle in to the baggie. Once you know your rectangle is the right size, make it 5 more times by tracing around your first rectangle template. You should have 6 rectangles.

3. Decorate each rectangle with flat pictures, ribbon or anything else you have around. You can trace around cookie cutters on Christmas paper, use old cards, or write messages on your rectangles. Make sure the long side of the rectangles are running vertically, otherwise your pictures will be sideways when you put them in the baggies.

4. Slide all 6 of your rectangles into the baggies. On a table line them up, 3 on the top and 3 on the bottom. Make sure they are all touching.

5. Cut a piece of duct tape in half and stick it over top of the baggies in the middle of the placemat so that all the baggies are stuck together.

6. Cut a piece of duct tape in half again and stick it vertically on the other seams.

7. Fold the tape over onto the back of the placemat, you can add more to the back lines to finish it off if you want.

8. To make the trim around the edges of your Christmas Placemat don't cut your tape in half, just stick half of the tape on the front of the placemat and fold it over and stick the other half on the back. Trim off any excess tape at the corners.




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