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Place Mats

My plan was to chill today, but while cleaning my son asked to do “markers” and I decided to give him a piece of paper towel to color on. When I saw how cute it was I decided to spin it into a easy peasy craft that is useful too! The paper towel makes it look like cloth, I love how it turned it’s simple but a perfect craft for toddlers! Not to mention costs pennies compared to the Thanksgiving place mats at the above mentioned store!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need paper towels, markers, and contact paper. Oh and if you have them pinking shears or other shaped scissors make a great detail .
  2. Give your child a section of paper towel. What I love about this is I am the world’s worst straight line cutter, the paper towels are perfectly cut already.
  3. If your child is old enough to “get it” show them how if they leave the marker on the paper towel it absorbs the ink and makes a bigger mark.
  4. Cut the contact paper to size before peeling the backing off, then peel only half and add the place mat face down.
  5. Cover and press. Trim the edges with pinking shears if you have them.
  6. Now you are ready for the toddler spills at Thanksgiving dinner !

I am off to the library today, my home library is sorely short on Thanksgiving books, I will be finding some as well as a new batch of counting books to review!


  1. sandy says

    Clear contact paper is the best! I use it every year to make a placemat with my kids for Thanksgiving. Your little guy did a great job!

  2. Allie says

    I have a love hate relationship with it, I am not very good and getting it off smoothly! My little guy is playing play doh on it right now, works perfectly!

  3. Jessica says

    I cannot say enough how much I love your ideas! Your blog has inspired me to organize a “Make and Take” night with some other moms . . . I just have to pass on some of these terrific ideas that you have given me! I’ll be sure to use this one- it’s too good!

  4. Olive Kids says

    Very cute ideas on you blog! Your son is very lucky to have a mom like you who allows him to be creative and who finds great things for him to create!

    I hope your saving your favorites – I still have a box of craft projects my 28 yr old made and now his wife is expecting my 1st grand daughter – can’t wait to take the box out and show her when she’s older!

  5. Andrea says

    Love it! My 3 year old wakes me up with drawings some mornings. She’d love this. ps I might be the worldest 2nd worst straight-line cutter :) pps check out my blog for an easy bird feeder project.

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