With Thanksgiving just around the corner - we think it'd be super easy to adjust this DIY from Bloesem Kids' blog for fun Pumpkin Placemats!
Apple Placemats by Courtney Russel from Two Straight Lines
As we celebrate the harvest season here in the US, it's nice to get the kids involved in decorating the holiday table. These cute apple placemats are painted using a freezer paper stencil, a technique easy enough for kids. Freezer paper can be found at many grocery stores or online, but be careful, once you start you'll be stenciling every thing in sight.
You will need:
*Fabric glue (I like Alene's Tacky Glue)
*Red and Brown Textile Paint (I use Jacquard Paint)
*Paintbrushes- 1 wide, 1 narrow
*Heavy Weight Paper
Cut your burlap to 13" x 17".
On the heavy paper, sketch your apple, refining your drawing until you're happy. Cut the apple out and trace around it on the paper side of the freezer paper. Cut the apple out of your freezer paper, making sure that the area surrounding the apple is uncut-- this is your stencil.
Place your stencil on the burlap where you would like it and iron it in place.
Using the wide paintbrush, paint the area inside of your stencil with the red textile paint (tip: I used both foam and bristle paintbrushes and preferred the bristle). Carefully peel your stencil away. Using the narrow paintbrush and the brown paint, paint the stem on your apple.
Cut a leaf from your printed fabric. Glue it next to your stem just above your apple. If desired, use the marker to draw pretend "stitches" on the leaf.
One at a time, pull four or five threads from each edge of the placemat to create a fringe.
Repeat until you have a placemat for every seat at your table.