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Monday, December 3, 2012

Wrapping Paper Placemats

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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Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

The stripes look hand painted and really cute. You're a good shopper!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

They look very festive, Maggie. Great idea. They could change with the seasons.

NanaDiana said...

Cute, cure idea. I can't wait to see the table all set! xo Diana

The Polka Dot Closet said...

You go girl!! Sometimes I don't feel like running around either. Those place mats are genius!


Tina said...

What a great and inexpensive idea!I can't wait to see what they look like on your table.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Very creative! You came up with a great idea and it turned out very nicely!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Love these - and the throw-away nature of them. Could be done with any paper. . .