By: Rae Friis
Mealtime is an important part of the day for families, and that includes the furry members! Protect your floors, minimize mess and create a place for your beloved pets to eat in style with these simple placemat projects.
1. Repurposed Doormat
Natural-fiber doormats are the perfect durable material to use for a pet placemat and are really simple to personalize.
Natural fiber doormat
- Cut your mat to desired size using box cutter
- Create a monogram or design with the painter’s tape and stick on the mat
- Blot, but don’t rub, the paint over the tape, covering the mat
- Let the paint dry completely and peel tape off
2. Upcycled Old Tray
Repurpose an old tray and drawer liner to make pet mess cleanup a breeze.
Patterned drawer liner
- Wash, sand or paint the tray so you have a clean surface to work on.
- Cut shapes or letters from the drawer liner.
- Peel off the backing and stick to the flat part of the tray to create a pattern.
3. Cutout Corkboard
Use corkboard to make a placemat that’s both functional and decorative.
Roll of corkboard
Food and water bowl
Craft paint marker
- Cut a piece of corkboard to 12-by-19-inches.
- Place water and food bowls on the cork, side-by-side and centered.
- Trace around the bottom of the bowls and cut them out. Discard the corkboard circles.
- Embellish the corkboard placemat with the paint pens by adding a fun pattern and your pet’s name. After the paint has dried, place the food bowls in the holes.
4. Laminated Art
This is the perfect project if you have little ones around to get involved.
Plain paper or fabric, cut to 12-by-19-inches
Coloring supplies or fabric paint
2 pieces of contact paper, cut to 13-by-20-inches
- Cut the plain paper or fabric and decorate it with coloring supplies or fabric paint.
- Lay one piece of contact paper, sticky side up, on a work surface and peel the backing off.
- Carefully place the picture in the center of the contact paper. Peel the backing off of the second piece of contact paper and lay it down on top of the paper, making sure to match up the corners.
- Leaving a generous border, trim the placemat so it’s straight.
Rae is a graphic designer and the creative director of Armommy.com. She spends her days working from home — usually with any one of her four lovely (and rambunctious) kids hanging on her side. She enjoys creating everyday adventures with her munchkins using ordinary things and making them extraordinary. Oh, and she also really loves clothes, chocolate, her husband and her cell phone (in no particular order).