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Milk and Cookie Placemats

Milk and cookie placemat with snowman and mittens
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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 cookie. Yum!

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
  • Scissors

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 like.

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 the design.

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 paper.

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 paper towel.

That's it! Try out your new placemat with a snack of milk and cookies!
Milk and cookies placemat

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  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Thanks to...

Thanks to Patricia L. for sharing this craft idea with Aunt Annie's Craft Exchange in 1996.

Patricia shared, "Working with children on crafts has always been a delight. It's fun to see them complete their projects and then put them to use."

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