These simple Kid’s Art place mats are a very easy craft project you can make out of those great pieces of art that the kids bring home from school all the time.
Displaying your child’s artwork in a fun new way will show them how much you love them. Let the kids help you make these Kid’s Art placemats and have even more fun!
To make this simple Kid’s Art Place Mat You Will Need:
Kid’s Art Work
A trip to Kinko’s
Any other craft materials you choose
The first step is to take your Kid’s Art 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 Kid’s Art, but you can also easily make it with vertical Kid’s Art.
Substitute a nice piece of pastel craft paper or even pastel scrapbook paper for the 12 x 20 inch placemat. Now, have your Kid’s Art 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 Kid’s Art project as usual.
Ok, so now that you have the basic shape of your dinner placemat you need to start decorating it. Now, so much of your Kid’s Art already look great how they are, but when blown up might need a little 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 have some black and white Kid’s Art 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 artwork. For instance, you could lightly fill in the hearts with pink and yellow and leave the rest of the Kid’s Art black and white.
Now, once all of your paint and glitter had dried you need to laminate the Kid’s Art 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 Kid’s Art.
Take your pinking sheers and cut a great looking decorative border on the Kid’s Art 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 p ribbon back behind the Kid’s Art card placemat. Start weaving your pretty 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 Kid’s Art placemat made out of some of those great piece of art your child makes for you!