You can use simple crafting materials to make Christmas placemats with your children that you'll treasure for years to come. This project is suitable even for very young chilldren as long as an adult handles all of the cutting required. This is a great way to help keep kids busy while they're out of school for the holidays and let them create their own placemat to use during Christmas dinner. Best of all, they can proudly show off their handiwork to friends and relatives.

Things You Will Need

Construction paper


Craft paint


Clear laminate

Step 1

Cut a 6-inch triangle from a piece of brown construction paper for each placmat. This will form a reindeer's head on your Christmas placemats. Don't worry about making it exactly six inches, it can be slightly larger or smaller.

Step 2

Glue the brown triangle to the center of another sheet of construction paper with the top of the triangle pointing down. You can use any color of paper except for brown or black to create the background on your holiday placemat.

Step 3

Brush brown or black craft paint onto the child's hands with a soft foam paintbrush. Help the child press his hands onto the paper at the top corners of the triangle to create handprint antlers. Wash the child's hands to remove the excess paint when you are finished.

Step 4

Draw eyes on the reindeer's face with a black marker and add a 1-inch red or black circle to the bottom point of the triangle as the reindeer's nose.

Step 5

Cut a piece of clear laminate approximately 2-inches wider and longer than your placemat. Remove the backing from the laminate and place it sticky side up on a table.

Step 6

Carefully position the placemat on top of the laminate and smooth it down with your hands to remove any air bubbles.

Step 7

Cut a second piece of laminate the same size as the first and press it onto the top of the placmat.

Step 8

Trim away the excess laminate at the edges of the placemat. Now you can easily wipe your Christmas placemats clean after each use and they will last for years.


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