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Artful Place Mats

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What you'll need:

  • TO MAKE 6 MATS, YOU WILL NEED:
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Pinking shears and scissors
  • 1 yard fray-proof multipurpose cloth (we used Roc-lon)
  • Con-Tact papern
  • Cardboardn
  • Craft knife
  • Newspaper
  • Fabric paints and brushes
  • Paper plate

How to make it:

  • Use the ruler, pencil, and pinking shears to mark and cut six 14- by 18-inch rectangles from the cloth.
  • From the Con-Tact paper, cut 6 rectangles slightly larger than the mats. Then cut out cardboard templates of such holiday shapes as ball ornaments (circles), dreidels, trees, and stars.
  • Trace the templates onto the Con-Tact paper rectangles and cut out the shapes with a craft knife (a parent's job). One rectangle at a time, peel off the backing and stick the Con-Tact paper onto a mat. Be sure to press out all the bubbles to prevent the paint from bleeding later.
  • Cover your work surface with newspaper. Then squeeze some of the fabric paints onto a paper plate, give your child a brush, and show her how to fill in the shapes with a dabbing motion.
  • Carefully peel away and discard the Con-Tact paper and, when the designs are dry, add other painted details, such as ornament hooks.

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