Wednesday, June 13, 2012

DIY for Kids: Wipeable Placemats!

This is such a fun project to do with kids!  My 2 1/2 year old just loves making her own placemats!  She is so excited to use them that she will eat just about anything I make her for the first few uses of it!  (She even ate some of the veggies from this meal!) Her interests change just about every day, so when we didn't have a Hello Kitty placemat to use one day, she was not a happy camper.  So we decided it would be way more fun to make our own! You can evenpersonalize them by adding your child's name!

You Will Need:

  • Paper (Construction paper, coloring book, plain white paper, etc.)
  • Something to color with (Crayons, Markers, Paint, etc.)
  • 1 roll of Contact paper
  • Scissors  
  • Stickers, letters, glitter, etc. (optional)

To Make a Placemat:
  1. On a piece of paper, have your child color/paint a picture or a page from a coloring book.  
  2. Decorate with stickers, letters, glitter, etc. (optional).
  3. Place the picture on the contact paper to measure for desired size, leaving a 1" border around paper.  
  4. Cut 2 pieces of contact paper to equal sizes.
  5. Carefully peel the backing off of one of the cut pieces of contact paper.  Place picture on sticky side.
  6. Slowly peel the backing off of the second piece of contact paper and align, sticky side down, to one corner of the contact paper with the picture on it.
  7. Carefully peel off all of the backing, pressing down as you go in order to get rid of air bubbles.  
  8. If the sides are a little uneven, just trim them up with the scissors! 
Note: To make a double-sided placemat, have your child color 2 different pictures of the same size.  Put them in back to back when placing in contact paper.   

To Clean Placemat:
Wipe with damp cloth or sponge.  (Baby wipes work too!)  Dry with towel.

After finishing this placemat, my daughter decided she wanted to add stickers to it.  If your child wants to add more "embellishments" after the contact paper has been stuck together, simply add stickers, etc., and then another layer of contact paper on top to make it wipeable again!

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