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).
3. Cut away the ragged edge of the two covers.
4. Cut out squares and rectangles of text from throughout the magazines.
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.
6. Continue adding the squares and rectangles at various angles to the covers.
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.
8. Tear out pages from the magazines that have red, blue, yellow, and black and white in them.
9. Create piles of small pieces of torn colored magazine pages.
10. Modge Podge the colors to the foundations for your fork, spoon, knife, and plate. Let them dry.
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.
13. Modge podge each to the placemat.
14. Modge podge over the entire placemat. Let it dry. Do it again.
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!