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diy laminated placemats made from pretty paper

diy laminated placemats made from pretty paper

When I hosted a birthday gathering for Taylor last year (which was before our blog started, a.k.a. no photos), I knew I needed to add some pops of color to my very boring and very neutral table situation. I thought about just laying some paper down from my favorite paper shop, Willow Papery, but I didn’t want to be wasteful. So, I decided to laminate them. And, I know just how much Taylor loves all things laminated.

Torn between all the beautiful paper available, I also opted to make the place mats double sided for optimal use. This is a great gift idea, and you can easily theme these place mats to holidays, seasons and other occasions.

If you’re not feeling like using a paper cutter, also check Layla Grace place mats. They are adorable!

This project takes about 45 minutes total (if you make eight double sided place mats like I did).

materials
  • large pieces of paper (at least 11×17) of your choice — check out a local stationery store, or grab some cute wrapping paper
  • paper cutter
  • ruler or yard stick
  • pen or pencil
  • laminator (or a local office store like FedEx Kinko’s, or if you’re in Ketchum, Business as Usual)
instructions
  1. Cut the paper into however many place mats you want using the ruler or yard stick, pen or pencil, and a paper cutter. I recommend at least eight.
  2. Laminate with a thick laminate. Many places have a pre-cut 11×17 sleeve, which made the process go much faster.
  3. Enjoy! They are easy to clean and store.
reversible!

reversible!

I use this a versatile yellow print place mat for many occasions!

I use this versatile yellow print place mat for many occasions!

Midori swan paper — one of my favorites!

Midori swan paper — one of my favorites!

I can't decide which one I like more!

I can’t decide which one I like more!

summer sundae with rainbow sprinkles look especially delicious with a colorful backdrop!

summer sundae with rainbow sprinkles look especially delicious with a colorful backdrop!

cheers krista
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