Summer of Awesomeness project completed - Get Motivated!
DECOUPAGED PLACEMAT TUTORIAL BELOW
(Note---spellcheck kept trying to get me to change 'placemat' to 'placenta'. Now that would be a whole different project altogether, now wouldn't it?)
Thanks to a much-needed kick in the pants from Bettina, I got motivated to finish my placemats I'd started months ago. Do you have lots of projects languishing on all surfaces of your house? If your house is perfect and organized, just don't tell me.
I've been saving this copy of "Meet the Woodland Folk" for a family project. We all really like the books. Did you ever read them? I didn't find the Woodland Folk series until I was an adult, but I am crazy about the detailed illustrations and happy forest creatures. Thanks, Tony Wolf---you've made the world a nicer place. I wish I could go give him a hug and make him some cookies. Richard Scarry, too.
(I am going to make this one super duper EASY-you can even do it with mild heat stroke!)
4 placemats (or more if you're one of those crafty Mormon/Catholic/hippy families)
A book that you don't mind cutting up that is the same height (or very close) as your placemats
Plain old school glue
2. Now just have fun picking out images to go on each placemat. (This is optional--->) I overlapped 2 pages for each placemat. To make it look slightly more 'decoupaged', I cut a few shapes out to make them overlap the next page a little more gracefully.
3. Apply school glue smoothly to the back of the book pages. Carefully place the page on the placemat, aligning edges. Working fairly quickly, smooth out any air bubbles or excess glue, working from the center out to the edge of the paper. Some people use a little brayer? (I think that's the word) or a small rolling pin. You can also use your fingers. However, try to be careful not to get glue on the front of the book pages. Some printing inks will run if you get glue on them then push your finger over the surface. You can always test a scrap page of the book first.
4. Let the school glue dry, then coat the top with 2-5 layers of Mod Podge, depending on how glossy and well-protected you want it. If you have energetic children that like to stab things with forks, put lots of coats on. If you have mild, calm children, or adults in your home, then 2 coats should be fine.
That's it! Clean them with a damp dishtowel or sponge (soft side), and don't scrub really hard.
Did I mention the handy storage box? I like placemats, and have several sets, so I like to store them neatly. Send me photos of any of your SOA projects and I'll be happy to post them.