Christmas placemat projects are often overlooked in favor of ornaments, cookies, and tins full of fudge. Placemats are a simple way to make your home look more festive though, and you can make them as fancy or as kid-friendly as you'd like. Download these patterns and create some fun table decorations for the holidays.
Download Free Christmas Placemat Patterns
Printable placemats are an easy and affordable craft to make during the holidays. These placemats are designed for children to color using crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Click on the image you wish to use, then save the file to your computer. Open the PDF file using Adobe Reader. Print onto sturdy white paper using your inkjet printer.
How to Make the Placemats
- Color your printed placemat using crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Metallic markers look especially pretty on Christmas placements since they can be used to add a bit of sparkle to your design.
- Add holiday stickers or other desired craft embellishments.
- Sign and date your work if you plan on keeping your placemat after the holidays are over. If desired, you could also write each guest's name on their placemat to turn the placemat into a unique party favor.
- Glue the placemat onto a red or green construction paper backing.
- Cover the entire project with clear contact paper. This will help ensure that your work stays protected against accidental spills or stains during the holiday meal.
More Placemat Crafts to Enjoy
Placemats make a nice change of pace and the finished project is both pretty and practical. Here are a few additional placemat crafts you can make with your children.
If you would prefer a religious placemat for your Christmas table, you can use these printable nativity scenes as placemats to color and decorate using the same instructions as above. Glue the colored artwork onto gold or silver paper for a special finishing touch.
Glittery Snowflake Placemat
Catalogs.com has a lovely snowflake placemat you can make with your children. As the article mentions, these will make beautiful place settings for Christmas morning breakfast. You'll cut a snowflake shape from one piece of paper, glue it on to another, sprinkle on some glitter, and cover with contact paper.
As soon as Thanksgiving was over, you probably started receiving Christmas cards in the mail. What do you do with them all when you run out of display space? Make a placemat collage! Cut out the pictures on the front or glue the whole card onto a piece of paper, then decorate with holiday embellishments. Finish off with contact paper to protect your project from damage.
Stenciled Fabric Placemat
Wall to Wall Stencils has a placemat that looks a little more grown-up than some of the kid's crafts and takes more time, patience, and skill to complete. As the name suggests, you'll be using stencils to design festive placemats and coordinating napkins. Instead of using paper like you did with the kid crafts, you'll use real placemats and napkins. Although this is more expensive, your project should also last longer.
Add a Festive Touch to Your Holiday Table
Making placemats may not have been on your list of things to do for the holidays amidst the cooking, shopping, and party preparation. If you find yourself looking for a breather or a short-term project though, try making placemats for your home. Your family will love having a merry little Christmas and a delicious holiday meal on your new crafty placemats.