Since the Fourth of July weekend is fast approaching, I thought that this week I’d share some outdoor and entertaining ideas with you.
I’ve got a no-sew idea for you!
Mr. Madigan and I love eating alfresco on our deck. Sometimes we will eat right on the table, but I usually like to cover the surface. I used to just grab some fabric place mats and that was easy.
But now that we recently updated our deck with fun apple green accents, I figured we could use some matching place mats. If you remember from that post, I wanted to add a little bit of yellow for another accent color out there, too.
I saw these plastic chopping mats at the dollar store. They came 2 mats to a pack – a whopping $3 for six! They were a perfect size for a place mat. All they needed was a little decoration.
Using my crafty cutter, I cut out some images in card stock to adhere to the back of the mats. (One side was matte and the other side was shiny. I’m call the ‘back’ the shiny side.)
I kept it simple and just used a fern leaf shape in varying sizes in greens, whites and yellows. (to match the deck, natch!)
Then I just decoupaged the leaves onto the back side of the mat!
I used several layers of glue/sealer (ie. Mod Podge) to protect the paper from moisture. Since you could see they brushstrokes through the plastic, I spread the glue over the entire mat on my last layer.
Tip to minimize bubbling: use one layer of glue/sealer between the paper and plastic and smooth the paper out. Allow that to fully dry before layering more Mod Podge on top.
I know, plastic is not as pretty as fabric. But the beauty of plastic place mats is that they are very easy to clean!
I kinda like how they are see-through, too. It looks like leaves are scattered across the table.
We will see how durable the Mod Podge and paper is throughout the summer. The mats are plastic. And I think they will be OK, unless someone spills a big glass of water on the table and it gets under the mats. I do worry that on hot days, the back may become tacky, too. I may need to seal them with an acrylic spray. (or ask Mod Podge Amy for advice!)
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