completed placemat made from torn pieces of magazine pages

How to REuse Magazines to make a Placemat

a stack of magazinescompleted placemat made from torn pieces of magazine pages

1. Grab a stack of magazines, scissors, modge podge and a 1 inch paint brush.

2. Tear off the front cover and the back cover of a magazine (these are usually a little bit thicker and will be great for your placemat’s foundation).

two covers of a magazine

3. Cut away the ragged edge of the two covers.

the ragged edge of a torn magazine page is removed

4.  Cut out squares and rectangles of text from throughout the magazines.

square of black and white text cut out from magazine pages

5. Lay the magazine covers side by side and use modge podge to glue one of your square shapes across the center of the two covers.

two magazine pages sit side by side with a strip of magazine going across the two pages to hold them together

6. Continue adding the squares and rectangles at various angles to the covers.

squares of black and white text a rectangle of collaged black and white text

7. Cut out 3 rectangles and a square from any page in the magazine.  These will act as the foundations for your fork, spoon, knife, and plate. Sizes: 9″ high x 3″ wide for two rectangles (fork and spoon) and 9″ high x 1.5″ wide (knife) for the third. And an 8″ x 8″ square for the plate.

Note: The sizes may vary depending on the overall size of your placemat.  But, start at the size I provide and trim down as needed.

stencils for a fork spoon and knife

8. Tear out pages from the magazines that have red, blue, yellow, and black and white in them.

pages from magazines that have blue red and yellow

9. Create piles of small pieces of torn colored magazine pages.

piles of torn magazine pages in blue red yellow and black and white

10. Modge Podge the colors to the foundations for your fork, spoon, knife, and plate. Let them dry.

collaged magazine pieces

11. Turn each of your foundations over. Draw a fork and spoon on each of the two larger rectangles.  Draw a knife on the smaller rectangle. Draw a circle on the 8″ x 8″ square.

12. Cut out your fork, spoon, knife, and plate.

fork spoon knife and plate drawn on collaged magazines

13.  Modge podge each to the placemat.

modge podge a paint brush and magazines modge podge on the back modge podge on the front

14.  Modge podge over the entire placemat.  Let it dry.  Do it again.

completed placemat made from torn pieces of magazine pages

Boom!  You’re done.  Eat and be happy.

Now, of course you don’t have to make an exact copy of this one.

Imagine the fun you could have for your next dinner party if you made personalized placemats for all of your guests. Or, let the kids make their own one of a kind placemats.  Hey, they might like them so much it will encourage them to keep the table clean!

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