This year I’ve been doing some fun Thanksgiving crafts for kids with my nieces and nephews. These placemats would also be perfect for a preschool or elementary school classroom project. As I mentioned in my Gumdrop Turkeys post a few days ago, we put one of them at each place setting on Thanksgiving. I thought it would be a lot of fun for the kids to also make a placemat for each person as well. This will give them something helpful and fun to do on Thanksgiving while dinner is being prepared!
Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids – Placemats:
– Kraft Paper (Buy Natural Kraft Roll; 36″ x 100 Ft here)
– Glue Sticks (Buy Elmer’s Glue Sticks here)
– Paper Leaves (You could use this EK Tools Large Maple Leaf Paper Punch to punch out your own if you don’t own a Silhouette or Cricut cutting system)
– Markers and/or Crayons (Crayola Washable Markers or Crayola 64 Ct Crayons)
I cut the roll of Kraft paper into placemat size rectangles (about 12″ x 18″) and set out an assortment of cut out leaves (I used my Silhouette Cameo cutter to make mine – if you don’t have one and you love to craft – be sure to add it to your Christmas list!). Then the kids wrote their names in the center, glued the leaves around the border and drew anything else they wanted with the crayons!
They loved doing it and were so excited, they wanted to use them for dinner that night! So they did. We can make more, luckily Thanksgiving is still a few days away. 🙂
I’m completely in love with how these Halloween Spider Web Placemats turned out. They were super easy (thanks to my Silhouette machine) and really inexpensive. Typically, placemats on sale are anywhere from $4 – $6 each, these were about $1 each!
I purchased the black felt sheets that are 12″ x 18″ from Hobby Lobby. They were $.79 each and are a nice thick, stiff felt. I found a spider web image on the Silhouette online library and formatted it in the software by setting the image, removing the outside border and then while holding the ctrl key, selecting all the images so they all had a BOLD red line around them. Then with my cutting blade set on 10 and the cut setting on a double cut, I went to town. If you are using a thinner or more flimsy felt, you will need to use iron on Wonder Under (or Pellon) in order to cut the felt. You want to be sure to use a new blade or your fabric blade. After cutting out 8 of these for our family, I had to snip a few uncut pieces on the very last one.
Then came the glitter, this is my favorite part! I used Elmers school glue (nothing fancy here!) and ran it through all the webbing and then sprinkled the black glitter on it. I let it sit for about one minute before I shook the glitter off so it would set a little bit. Then I allowed it to dry overnight.
I think the addition of the plastic spiders is a MUST! They give it even more dimension. Because of the size of the felt, there is still plenty of space on the placemat for your plate, cup and napkin. They are sturdy enough that I can store them and use them year after year!