Turkey Day Place Mats

Make these hand-stamped place mats that can be used year after year.

What You'll Need

hand-stamped place mat Buff Strickland

  • Muslin
  • Pinking sheers
  • Thick brown yarn
  • White glue
  • Various colors of acrylic paint
  • Corks

    Make It

    1. Cut the muslin into a 14"x18" rectangle with pinking shears (for decorative edge).

    2. Thin out glue with water (about a one-to-one ratio) and dip a 12" piece of string into mixture. Squeeze string to remove excess moisture, then place vertically on muslin about 4" in from the left edge.

    3. Repeat with a 5" and 7" piece of string to make tree branches; let dry.

    4. Dip one end of a cork into paint and stamp on fabric around string tree to make leaves. Repeat with different colors until tree is full; let dry completely.

      Originally published in the November 2009 issue of Parents magazine.