DIY Kid Friendly Washable Placemats

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30 Minutes

I love being a mom of three. It is a ton of adventure and meaning overflowing out of my cup! However, it also means that there can be a ready amount of chaos overflowing out of my cup as well. Sometimes, I can feel overwhelmed with household management while keeping up with activities, work and then there is always homework. Phew, just typing this makes me want a nap!!
In reality, being a mom of three means finding a balance between the chaos and who I am. I love good design, I love creativity and I need a space that is peaceful where I can unwind and just be. That is me. However, my house is usually raucous and in a general disarray. I always remember a friend of mine telling me that a clean house tells the story that you know how to clean, but a house that looks lived in means you are living a full life full of love and laughter. I hold that close to my heart in hopes that it rings true in my life, but I still want to fight the battle of total annihilation of a clean home. I want a life that is full of love and laughter, but also a space that is peaceful and beautiful. Can I not have my cake and eat it too?? Yes, I could take over one room at a time, but right now I am settling on the dining table. It is one of the first things I see when I come home. So, it is time to keep it free from the infamous piles of paperwork and schoolwork, spilled drinks, and scratch marks from pencils. It is where we dine as a family, and it should be just that! Not an office incognito.

Today I am sharing with you a super quick project that will have your dining space looking super cool while protecting your table from munchechees (what I call kiddos) if you have taken on the privilege of mama-hood.  This project is one of my small ways of having my cake and eating it too!!

  • linoleum (choose your design)
  • T-square
  • marker
  • exacto blade
I loved this adorable wood grain linoleum.  It was so unexpected for a placemat and I love that it was designed for flooring.  You cannot get more durable than that!  Cute, unexpected and durable!  Mmmm that cake is tasting good!
I simply used the T-square to make sure my lines were straight and level.  Before you begin cutting, make sure there is nothing underneath the linoleum that you do not want sliced.  I just laid mine on the concrete floor of the garage.  A large piece of cardboard would do a great job of protecting the surface underneath, as well.  Just be ready to apply some pressure with that exacto blade because the linoleum is a bit thick and tough.
What is great about this project is that you can easily make a ton of placemats or just a few with ease.  I made enough for my family of five plus guests.  I love the backdrop they will make for any style of plate…they are such a great neutral.
These are great for both adult dining…..
….and even toddler dining, as I can easily clean them up with some antibacterial wipes without worrying about ruining the finish! I also love the little extra texture it gives my home decor!
Happy crafting!  (and happy home!)

Suggested materials:

  • Linoleum (choose your design)  (Thrift Store)
  • T-square  (Had on Hand)
  • Marker  (Had on Hand)
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 5 questions
  • Kathy
    on Oct 11, 2017

    What did you use on the back side or did you just double them up??
    • Zest it Up
      on Oct 13, 2017

      I didn't use anything on the back side so it's just plain. I found the piece at a thrift store actually and decided to cut it to 14" x 20".
  • Helen
    on Oct 11, 2017

    What did you place on the back, the paper which is on it would slide everywhere?
    • Zest it Up
      on Oct 13, 2017

      Great question! Since we found it at a thrift store, we didn't have any slippery issues on the back. I didn't add anything to the back but you could add cork or even hot glue dots on the back to keep it from being slippery.
  • Scr30862689
    on Oct 11, 2017

    Where does one find Linoleum? I haven't seen anything but vinyl since I was a kid back in the 50s & 60s?
    • Scr30862689
      on Oct 26, 2017

      Thanks. That is what I thought, but most of the answers seemed to indicate otherwise.

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  • Yify
    on Nov 29, 2017

    I think this is an informative post and it is very useful and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed reading this post. big fan, thank you!
    - yify

  • Rho12470051
    on Dec 5, 2017

    I like your ideal of the place mats,I have found so many different kinds of things at the thrift store,keep up the Good work

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