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How To Make Christmas Card Placemats

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Christmas Card Placemat

Christmas Card Placemat

Erin Huffstetler

When you receive loads of Christmas cards each year, it seems a shame to throw them away; but what else can you do with them? One possibility: Make them into placemats!

 

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 30 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Place a drinking glass on top of the first Christmas card, and move it around until you like the image contained within the glass.

     

  2. Then, trace around the glass with a pencil.

     

  3. Cut out the circle, and set aside.

     

  4. Repeat until you have at least 24 circles for each placemat.

     

  5. Arrange your cut outs on a piece of paper to form the first mat.

     

  6. Then, glue in place.

     

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to form the remaining placemats.

     

  8. Finish by laminating or applying contact paper to each mat.

     

Tips:

  1. Make up a few sets to give as gifts. They're perfect for grandparents, teachers, scout leaders and many others.
  2. Use old wrapping paper as the backing paper for the mats.
  3. Experiment with different shapes (squares, rectangles, even Christmas trees). Circles are just one of many options.
  4. Write the year that you received the cards on each placemat, and you'll have a Christmas archive that you can add to each year.

What You Need:

  • Christmas cards
  • A drinking glass
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • A large piece of paper
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