DIY Kid’s Placemat

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I feel like I’ve blinked and it’s back-to-school time again. I guess it’s a good thing that I have 35 back-to-school-as-a-mom experiences under my belt because it’s no big deal and is even fun for me (back-to-school is a lot more fun as a mom!) I was at Walmart this week stocking up on school supplies and lunch snacks and started thinking about my kids going back to school. I like to find ways to make my children’s lunches and after-school snacks extra special (it’s how I show my love and affection). This DIY kid’s placemat is a fun addition to lunches and snacks that’s sure to add a smile. Add your child’s favorite snacks and you’ll earn bonus mom points (I don’t know about you, but I can use all the extra points I can get!). 

top image - smiley face place mat with lunch items scattered, bottom image - superhero words place mat and snacks scattered around with title text reading DIY Kid's Placemat Free Printables

I’m a bit of clean freak, especially when it comes to food. I wonder about how sanitary the table is when my kids are eating lunch and snacks outside or away from home. In addition to making lunch and snacks fun, this personalized DIY kid’s placemat puts my worries at ease. I can easily keep the placemat clean and know that it doesn’t matter how clean (or not clean) the table is. And the placemat makes it easy for outdoor picnics anywhere, on any surface. Oh, and did I say it makes eating fun, too? I’m all about showing my love and affection to my children in small, concrete ways and this reusable placemat does just that.

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Making sure that my children’s favorite snacks are always available is another way I show my love and share a smile.

overhead view of smiley face coloring mat with crayons and snack fish crackers

DIY Kid’s Placemat

colored smiley face place mat with lunchbox, water bottle and lunch items

What makes this kid’s placemat extra fun is that your child can personalize it by coloring it themselves. It’s a great end-of-summer kids’ craft to make with your child and make happy memories together. I look for ways to build happy mommy memories with my children whenever I can.

DIY Kid’s Placemat


Printer Paper


Laminating Sheets – Make sure you have enough for the front and back of the placemat.

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  1. Print out the a free printable image or draw your own. Have your children color the placemat.
  2. Measure the sheet so that it will fit in your child’s lunchbox if you want to send it to school with them
  3. Cut the paper to fit in the lunchbox, if needed.
  4. Cut laminate sheets to cover both sides of the placemat with about 1/2 inch extra on each side. I find it easiest to place one piece of laminate sheet down on the table with the sticky side up. Put the placemat down on the laminate sheet and smooth out any bubbles. Then do the same with the second side of the placemat.
  5. Trim the extra laminating sheet edges to about 1/8 from the edge of the paper.
collage of 4 photos showing steps of making a coloring place mat

Every lunch and snack will be a happy celebration with the festive kid’s placemat. The placemat is easy enough to make that you can make them for each holiday or make a new one each time your child’s interests change. You know. Dump trucks are suddenly and inexplicably out and now it’s all dinosaurs all the time. Or purple is no longer the favorite color, now it’s orange.   

hands holding lunchbox and inserting smiley face mat

You can also send the DIY kid’s placemat in your child’s lunchbox for school lunch and snacks. (Have you ever thought about how not clean those lunch tables are at school? Ugh! Shiver!

While I was picking up back-to-school supplies, I found the boxes of Goldfish crackers in a special display in the middle of the aisle in the food section. That made it easy to find our favorites flavors.

Take the time now to make some happy memories with your children before they head back to school. Make a DIY kid’s placemat (or two or three)

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  1. What a neat idea to make a placemat to bring to school! I don’t like all the germs either, so my kids just hold the lunchbag, after sanitizing their hands, and eat their sandwich that way. It would be nice to have a placemat for them.

  2. I love this! My daughter is totally into art and I know she’d be thrilled to color her won place mat (and show it off to school friends!) #client

    1. Have fun crafting with your daughter (I still love coloring!), Sarah. I miss those coloring together days when my children were young.

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