I am betting that right dinner time for you guys goes super smoothly, right? Ha! I’ve spoken to many moms and it seems like it is bewitching hour for the kiddos. One way that I kind of control the chaos as I am making dinner is to have the kids involved in dinner time. Sometimes they can help with the prep work but most of the time I have them help set the table. I assign either cups, plates, utensils/napkins to each one of them. Obviously this doesn’t keep them occupied very long but it helps involve them. So many times I’d have to remind them where to put the flatware or cups or to not forget Mom and Dad (hellllo, why do they think only the kids are eating??). They really love to use The Crayon Box Set from Re Play Recycled when setting the table. Aren’t they so cute?
I found these retro/ugly thick placemats at an estate sale and my DIY heart just leaped for joy. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them! First of all, I wanted them to be versatile and not just for kids but also be able to use them for kids. This is why chalkboard is our friend guys- it can personalize everything.
Want to make some for yourself? Sure ya do. It’s easy. I use the same technique as I did with these paint splatter gift bags.
1. If you are using old mats, make sure to wipe down and dry. Then apply 2 coats of the acrylic paint. I used black for 3 and white for 3.
2. Dilute the acrylic paint in a spray bottle about 2 parts paint and 1 part water. You really don’t need much of this mixture. Probably a tablespoon of the mixture should be fine. Shake it to mix well and spray randomly. To get the big drip like splatters I just shook the opening over the placemats since it was just drippage coming from the nozzle.
3. Once the paint dries, apply one coat of the clear chalkboard coating. This stuff is amazing. It turns anything into chalkboard surface. You could use any color and any surface. Magic. Allow one hour in between coats and paint the opposite direction that you painted before. Also make sure to wait 24 hrs to cure it (rub chalk sideways and erase).
4. Now you can write whatever you want on it! I drew a place setting to teach my kids where things go and to not forget to set certain things. Plus there are enough placemats for our family so they don’t forget to set a place for Mom and Dad. I still can’t believe they always forget us- hah!
And look how nicely set their places are. I do love the colors! But I am also a super big fan of the white ones that way they don’t fight over the colors which they do sometimes to bug each other.
So who wants to win one set of their choice?? These plate settings are awesome- super sturdy, colorful and don’t wear as easily as other ones I have…. Trust me I’d invest in these puppies because they don’t flake like other ones. You want this!
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