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3 DIY Thanksgiving Placemats

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’ve been thinking of ways to add personal touches to our table decor. One way to create a unique table setting is with personalized placemats. Not only are these easy to do, but they’re also a great way to create memories with each passing year. With a just few crafting supplies (like scissors, glue, and paper) you can create a festive placemat for the holidays. We’ve come up with three ways to make a Thanksgiving placemat, but feel free to modify and add your own inspirations to this project – the more unique, the more special this becomes.

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Check out this first page for a basketweave placemat tutorial; click on Page 2 to see our “handprint turkey” idea; and finally see Page 3 for a placemat using fall leaves. We hope you feel inspired to make a few of these for Thanksgiving!

Placemat Design #1: Basketweave

A simple over-under weaving pattern will make for some very unique placemat designs.

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— Contact / Clear Transparent Paper

— Multi-color Pack of Cardstock – brown, red, orange, green (8.5-inch x 11-inch)

— Decorative Cardstock (12-inch x 12-inch)

— Scissors & Crafting Scissors (with pattern)

— Glue

— Any additional decorations, such as leaves, cut out turkey, personalization, etc.

— Sharpie (if writing any personalizations)


— On a 12” x 12” sheet of cardstock, cut 1-inch strips with an Exacto knife, leaving a 1-inch border

— Cut 1-inch strips of paper – any color

— Weave individual strips through, alternating over/under to create a woven look

— Add any additional decorations, like a turkey, dried leaves, personalization, etc.

— Use clear transparent paper to laminate the placemats.

Check out a handprint turkey tutorial on the next page!

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