I don’t have a kitchen table. I have a coffee table and a bar that is usually full of random crafting stuff. Needless to say I’ve spent most of my adult life without a kitchen table. So imagine me with a drawer of interchangeable placemats for each season…. yeah, not gonna happen. As much as I think they add to a table, they’re kind of hard to keep around when you don’t have a use for them and limited storage space. Maybe when I figure out how to organize my apartment (after 3 years of living here) I will get a kitchen table.
It wasn’t until I started feeding 2 year olds at the big kid table that I realized a love for place mats and not just because they can be cute. Especially ones that are either disposable or washable. I made these Team USA Star Stenciled Placemats for a patriotic play date and kind of fell in love with them. They cost less than $2 each and took me about 15 minutes to make total. Best of all, the kids loved them!
Star Stenciled Placemats
Time: 30 min or less
Cost: Under $5
Red and Blue woven placemats – I got mine from the Dollar Tree
White Acrylic Paint
Disposable plate for paint
Poster board or Card Stock
Draw your star on a piece of posterboard or card stock. If you don’t want to free hand you can print one out on card stock. Cut your star out using the X-acto knife.
Squirt some white acrylic paint onto the disposable plate and, while holding the stencil in place, use your pouncer to fill in the stencil. Do as many or as few stars as you’d like.
Let them dry for 2 hours and you’re ready for your Team USA play date!