These Chalkboard and Kraft Paper Placemats are easy and fun to make. They also serve as place cards for your table. Here’s how I created them!
I made these placemats as part of the Last-Minute Thanksgiving Side Dishes and Table Settings Blog Hop. Be sure to visit the links at the bottom for more ideas for your table. Thank you Kirsten at Sweet Tea and Saving Grace for organizing the blog hop!
- 2 pieces 12×12-inch Chalkboard scrapbook paper
- Kraft Paper
- Craft Knife and ruler
- Shape templates (see below)
- Xyron Double-Sided High-Tack 1/2-inch Tape
- Xyron 9-inch Creative Station or Glue Stick
- Patterned paper punch
- White chalk
Directions First we’re going to make a frame out of kraft paper. Cut out a 13-inch square of kraft paper from your roll. Then, measure in two inches from each corner and mark with a pencil. Cut out a 10-inch square from the middle of the paper, carefully using a craft knife and ruler. Save the middle piece that you cut out, which you can use to cut out your other kraft paper shape in a moment. Stick on the double-sided tape around the inner square, leaving the paper backing on for now. Next we’re going to stick the chalkboard paper to the back of this kraft paper frame you just made. Mark about half an inch from each corner (your chalkboard paper is 12 inches, so it will be 1/2 inch in from the edge of your 13-inch kraft paper). Peel off the paper backing from the double-sided tape… …and carefully lay down the chalkboard paper, matching its corners to the 1/2 inch marks you made. Smooth down the paper so it sticks to the double-sided tape. Set aside for now. Now it’s time to cut out the shape that goes in the middle. You can download the shapes I used below, print them out and trace onto your paper, and cut out with scissors. You will need to print out two sizes: about 8 inches, and about 5 inches wide. You’ll cut out the larger size on kraft paper, and the smaller size onto another piece of chalkboard paper. Or you can load these shapes into your Cricut Design Space and cut them out from there. Again, cut the shapes at 8 inches on kraft paper, and 5 inches on chalkboard paper. Cricut Design Space also has a few free shapes to choose from that you can use…just pick some that are on the square or round side. I used my 9-inch Xyron Creative Station to adhere the shapes. And I also tried my Xyron Glue Stick. Both worked great, of course! I added some detail with a fancy hole punch in the corner, and some chalk doodles to the chalkboard paper. The top piece of chalkboard paper serves as the placecard. All done! A very quick and inexpensive project. Can’t wait to make the rest. These are festive yet neutral enough to use for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or anytime you have a special gathering. I’ve paired them with my embroidered napkins. The tutorial for my Chalk Painted Leaf Table Runner will be appearing on the Blitsy.com blog soon!
Visit the links below for more last minute Thanksgiving place setting ideas and side dishes: