Hello there, I’m Janine from Happy Happy Nester, and I love blogging about crafts, our home and lifestyle in Northern California. I’m so honored and excited to be a contributor for Lolly Jane! Today, I would like to share with you, my favorite way to make your own personal placemats.
There are a couple of cool things about this project. First of all, they are pretty easy to make and you don’t have to be a crafty person, you just need 5 items. Secondly and most importantly, there is no laundering of fabric or for that matter, no ironing! 🙂 I don’t know about you, but I’m that fond of washing and ironing placemats on a daily basis. With these mats all you have to do is wipe them clean with a dish rag and you’re ready for the next meal. And finally, you can choose any wrapping paper or big sheet of paper you fancy, for this project. The store, Papersource has a great selection of fine papers and for this project, I used wrapping paper from the lovely, Rifle Paper Company. If you aren’t acquainted with Rifle Paper, you need to be, their paper and products are so fun and gorgeous!
Ok, so, let’s get started!
Items you’ll need for this project:
- Big sheets of paper, or wrapping paper (the amount of sheets, depends on how many placemats you make)
- Cork boards place mats
- Razor blade or x-acto knife
- Steel edge ruler
- Glue (I use the brand, Crafter’s Pick ~ The Ultimate. I have found it is the best permanent glue)
*if you have a cork board that has a dark illustration and your paper is light, you may need to prime your cork board with white paint. This guarantees that the dark illustration won’t show through the paper.
1 ~ You’ll trace and cut out your paper to the size of the placemat. I like to cut the paper a smidge bigger than the placemat, to guarantee that it will cover the corkboard. When cutting your paper, I find it works well, to just cut with an e-xacto knife, on a kitchen cutting board.
2 ~ Then, take your cut papers to your local Kinko’s store, that offers laminating services. I usually call them in advance, and they will turn on the machine and warm it up for me. If the machine isn’t on when you arrive, you might be waiting a little longer for your job. I am able to get two placemats done for just under $5 each.
3 ~ Next, you’ll cut out your laminated placemats with your x-acto knife, being careful not to break the laminated seal around the paper. The seal of the two sides of plastic, encapsulate the paper. This is a good thing, since the paper edge won’t be exposed to water when you wash them.
4 ~ Thoroughly, cover the top of the corkboard placemat with glue and place the laminated paper with the print side up. Make sure to squeeze out any bubbles. And, if you want to make sure it dries well, place a heavy object on top of the placemat while it dries.
You’re done, and now you can enjoy your personalized and beautiful placemats.
You could have fun with this project! For instance, if you want to cut the corkboard to a smaller size, you could make a mouse pad! It would be cool to print out a photo and laminate it, and then adhere it to a smaller corkboard. The possibilities are endless! I now have a few different sets of placemats for the various seasons.
I was thinking that I could make some for the holidays this year, since there are so many fun holiday gift wrap! Thanks so much for visit, and if you want to see more of what I’m creating, hop on over to Happy Happy Nester and say, “hi!” I hope to see you over there! But, in the meantime, happy crafting!
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