Frugal Thanksgiving Photo Placemats

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by on November 3, 2009


Thanks to “Grammie” for another fun crafty guest post!

Making placemats for special occasions is a way to capture special times and make special memories. The placemats can be used year after year, or can be given to your guest to take home at the end of the meal.

What you need:
– Construction Paper or cardstock paper (1 per placemat)
– Laminate sheets or clear contact paper (2 sheets per placemat)
– Favorite photos (2 – 3 per placemat)
– Stickers or scrapbook decorations (I bought bag of 144 misc. Thanksgiving scrapbook decorations for $3.99 at Michael’s – from this I made 12 placemats)
– glue stick

1)  Pick the pictures. You can use pictures of your guests, your family, kids, or grandkids. I used pictures of my grandkids from this past year (as you can see above). On some of the placemats I used pictures that my older grandson had colored, these placemats will grow more precious with the years.

2)  Choose what you would like on the back of your placemats.  Some ideas include: additional pictures, a favorite DSC00254song or poem, a prose about thanksgiving, etc. I went out to a number of websites that offered free Thanksgiving printables and cut and pasted a poem, prayer of thanks, history of thanksgiving, a couple of jokes, and puzzles. I used the same back for each placemat.

3). Now the fun begins. Arrange the pictures along with the stickers and scrapbook decorations (and any other decorations you chose) to make fun and interesting arrangements. When it looks the way you want it, glue the pieces in place, do the same for the back.

4). The finishing touch. When the front and back are both dry, place a laminate sheet on each side to protect the artwork. Your placemat is ready to be used for many years to come.

This is a project that you and your kids can have fun with and it is not limited to Thanksgiving. These can be made and used for many occasions. 10 years ago, I created Photo Placemats at my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. On the front was a photo from their wedding, and on the back I made dozens of collages of pictures from their 50 years together- it is still a cherished keepsake.

I know that I have some very crafty readers, so what are some of your favorite frugal Thanksgiving crafts?


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  • Hello people, it is Thanksgiving Day! I’m happy with my extra day off, and I am planning to make something fun that’ll probably involve a bike ride and seeing something new in Vista I haven’t seen yet.
    You write new post at Thanksgiving?

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