I don’t normally use placemats, but for my special Valentine’s Progressive Dinner that I helped host, I most certainly did use placemats.
And they were cute.
And very easy to make.
This is what you do:
#1. Decide how many placemats you want.
#2. Buy 12 x 12 stationery of your choice in the amount you need.
#3. Cut off white strip on the end.
Some stationery comes with a white strip on one end that tells you the manufacturer, the name of the stationery, a bar code, etc. Just cut it off unless you want it to be part of your placemat.
#4. Laminate your stationery.
Go to your local copy center and have them laminate your stationery. Or do it at home if you have your own lamination machine.
#5. Trim off excess plastic.
#6. You’re done!
Super cheap, super fast, super easy! And the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing colors and patterns.
A lot of stationery is double-sided these days, like the one pictured above, so you can get 2 placemats for the price of one.
You can even personalize your placemats before you laminate them. Or you can design your own. You can supply your children or guests with dry erase markers and have them doodle while they wait patiently for dinner.
Oh wait — children don’t wait patiently for dinner. Maybe yours do; mine don’t.