School Holiday Activities: DIY Place Mat and Coaster Tutorial
Granted, I don’t have kids, but I do have nine nieces and nephews, so I’ve seen my fair share of kids going bananas during the school holidays and parents going postal as a result (is it because I feed them sugar when I babysit and then hand them back to their mum and dad lol?).
School holiday activities don’t get easier than this one; a kid-friendly DIY project that transforms cork into cute place mats and coasters for your dining table. This divine idea comes courtesy of the very talented Kate Taylor from Taylor + Cloth, who’ll explain how to make it happen below. So grab some cork and let’s get crafting!
1. Grab yourself some affordable cork placemats, like these ones I bought from IKEA.
2. Draw your simple (or complex) design on one side.
3. Grab your cutting mat and Stanley knife and very slowly and carefully cut around the outline you have drawn.
4. Gorgeous, don’t you think? Now use the off cuts to trace your design on the remaining placemats. Make sure you don’t trace around the finished product though as this will more than likely leave a mark on your placemat!
5. Once you are all done just grab some spare hands to help set the table and you are all ready to share a meal with your nearest and dearest.
6. Add a bit of fun to dinner time or theme your placemats and coasters for a special event. I’m thinking kids birthday parties or Christmas – the possibilities are endless!
Thanks Kate – I am loving this project because it is SO easy to do and it’s something you can get the kids excited about. Cork is also super affordable, so you can buy a few packs of these in case you make mistakes and you’re not going to blow the budget (because sometimes I’ve spent hundreds in craft stores without any effort at all – eek!).
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