The day before Thanksgiving I paid a visit to our new Home Goods to see if I could find some pretty new napkins for our Thanksgiving table. What I had been using for the last 10 years was looking a little tired and I wanted a change. I found my napkins and saw some fabulous placemats for $10 each that I thought would be pretty for our Christmas table, however I did not like the price. Now mind you this is for a table we do not eat at, it's for my Christmas decorations which I will share with you tomorrow. And anyway when I went back to Home Goods today, the placemats were all gone which removed any temptations I might have had to even purchase them. I actually was quite pleased.
However, the Christmas placemats that remained were ho hum, nothing to get excited about, and they were at least $3 each and I needed six of them at the very minimum, and I certainly didn't want to store them until next Christmas.
So I spent a long time finding six placemats that I didn't even like and didn't want to purchase, but on the other hand, I didn't want to run all over town to find what I wanted. While standing in line with what I did not want anyway, I spotted some shimmery striped wrapping paper that was more along the lines of what I wanted. Shiny and bright was on my menu. So I scooped up the $2.99 roll of wrapping paper, dashed across the street to Michael's crafts and found some construction paper for .99 cents a sheet and came home with my goodies.
I measured an old placemat I already had and cut out six rectangles of the construction paper. Each sheet of construction paper gave me two placemats. Then I cut out my wrapping paper a tiny bit larger than the construction paper rectangles.
I used spray glue and sprayed a strip of glue down the left hand edge of the construction paper and then carefully laid the wrapping paper right on the edge. With the left side secured, I lifted the wrapping paper back and sprayed the outer edges of the other three sides of the base paper and then a couple rows in the middle. The wrapping paper laid right down. I ran my hand over the newly made placemat and they were perfect. I trimmed any excess wrapping paper and now I have six pretty and festive placemats. I also have a lot of the wrapping paper left to wrap gifts with.
I'm estimating these six placemats came to a total cost of $4.50. Tonight I'll get my table set for Santa and I'll show you how it all came together.
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