Milk and Cookie Placemats
What you will make:
Kids of all ages will have fun making these placemats, which are sized
perfectly for a snack of milk and cookies. Just cut out images from old
greeting cards, calendars or magazines that relate to your idea or theme for
the placemat, and cover them with clear contact paper. The placemats can even
be personalized with a name. That's it! Simple as eating a chocolate chip
Project idea: Start a family tradition of making a milk and
cookie placemat for Santa on Christmas Eve!
With some advanced preparation by the adult or teen leader, this is a
wonderful craft project for groups of children. With a little direction, older
children will be able to complete the project without assistance, while younger
children will need an adult or teen to apply the contact paper.
Here's what you need:
- Paper towels (half-sheets work great)
- Clear contact paper
- Optional: Construction paper, decorative edge
scissors, and pencil
- Old greeting cards, calendars and/or magazines
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Milk and Cookie Placemats
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Pre-cut pieces of clear contact paper (self-adhesive vinyl) a bit
larger than the size of the paper towel sheet. Gather old greeting cards,
calendars and/or magazines to be cut for the placemat decorations. For
placemats personalized with names, you will also need construction paper
and a pencil.
- Step 2: Pick a Theme
Decide on a theme for your placemat. It could be centered around a
special day like Christmas, a birthday, or Easter. Or perhaps it could
feature your favorite things, like a toy, butterflies, or race cars. Or
just sort through the greeting cards, etc. and find a picture you
- Step 3: Cut Out Pictures
Cut out pictures from the old greeting cards, calendars and magazines
that relate to your theme. For added interest, cut a variety of sizes and
shapes. Just for fun, you might cut the pictures with zigzag or other
decorative edge scissors.
Optional: For a personalized placemat, cut out the
letters of your name from colored construction paper. Cut them freehand
or draw the letters with a pencil first.
- Step 4: Arrange Items
Lay the paper towel (half-sheets are a good size) on a flat
surface. Arrange your cut pictures and/or letters as you like.
Experiment with different arrangements until you are satisfied with
Tip: It is best to leave a space of at least ½-inch around the edges of the placemat
and between the pictures and/or letters.
- Step 5: Apply Contact Paper
Carefully peel off the backing from the contact paper. Line up the
edge of the contact paper with the edge of the paper towel, and slowly
roll it down over the paper towel. Carefully press and smooth the contact
paper as you go.
Optional: For a more durable placemat, add another
layer of contact paper to the reverse side. You can make a double-sided
placemat by adding a design to this side before applying the contact
- Step 6: Trim Edges
Trim the edges of your placemat with scissors. It is important to
trim away any contact paper that extends beyond the edges of the
That's it! Try out your new placemat with a snack of milk and cookies!
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