These simple Easter Card place mats are a very easy craft project you can make out of those great old vintage Easter Card s. I always come across great retro and vintage Easter Cards at the flea market. I also have a few that were family Easter Card my grandmother bought and sent years ago in the 1950’s. This simple place mat craft allows you to use new or old Easter Cards to make craft without ruining them.
To Make This simple Easter Card Place Mat You Will Need:
Old or New Easter Cards
A trip to Kinko’s
Any other craft materials you choose
The first step is to take your vintage Easter Cards to Kinko’s a have them blown up to place mat size. I find that 12 inches by 20 inches is a great size. This shape works great for horizontal shaped Easter cards, but you can also easily make it with vertical Easter cards.
Substitute a nice piece of pastel craft paper or even pastel scrapbook paper for the 12 x 20 inch placemat. Now, have your Vintage Easter cards copied to the same size or blown slightly larger. You can randomly place them on the scrap paper and then carry on with this simple Easter craft project as usual.
Ok, so now that you have the basic shape of your Easter dinner placemat you need to start decorating it. Now, so many of the vintage and new Easter cards already look great how they are, but when blown up might need a little more more decorating.
I like to use glittery paint pens to outline words or even images. If you are doing this with words, then try to outline them in a similar paint color.
You could also run a bead of glue around words and images. Sprinkle on some glitter, and then knock off the excess.
If you are lucky enough to have some old black and white Easter photo cards of your parents or grand après then try this step. Take some pastel watercolor paint or even some acrylic paint that has been watered down. Paint on highlighted areas on the photo. For instance, you could lightly fill in the Easter eggs with pink and yellow and leave the rest of the vintage Easter cards photo black and white.
I love to take and paint into the lips of the Easter Bunny a faint pink or even give formally white cheeks a rosy glow.
Now, once all of your paint and glitter had dried you need to laminate the Easter card placemat. I do not own a laminating machine, but you can always take anything to Kinko’s to be laminated.
Now, you can have them laminate about one inch out around the photocopied Easter card.
Take your pinking sheers and cut a great looking decorative border on the Easter placemat.
Now, work your way around the edge with your whole punch. Punch one hole about every inch. Try to keep them space evenly from the edge and form each other.
Now, start on the back left top corner. Tape the end of your pastel or Easter patterned ribbon back behind the Easter card placemat. Start weaving your pretty Easter ribbon in an out of the border.
You can finish off at the same top left corner. Remove the tape, tie a knot, and then cut off any extra ribbon! You’re finished. You have a beautiful homemade Easter placemat made out of some of those great old Easter cards!