Set a Tone of Gratitude on Thanksgiving with Charming Chalkboard Placemats

DIY Chalkboard Placemat
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Chalkboard placemats are a great way for everyone around the table to share what they're thankful for this season. But there's no need to purchase expensive chalkboard placemats from home decor stores when it's so easy to make your own.

DIY Chalkboard Placemat
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Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Adhesive Letters
  • Cardstock
  • Stapler
  • Ruler
  • Black Contact Paper
  • Hobby Knife
  • Plastic Placemat
Cut contact paper
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Cut the contact paper. Cut a piece of black contact paper so it is just larger than your plastic placemat. Use a cheap placemat from the dollar or discount store.

Place the contact paper on top of the placemat
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Place the contact paper on top of the placemat. Peel off the protective liner of the contact paper. Place the paper on top of the plastic placemat. Smooth out the contact paper with your fingers. Because you cut the contact paper larger than the actual placemat, you do not need to worry about positioning it perfectly at this point.

Trim the excess contact paper
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Trim the excess contact paper. Turn the placemat upside down and trim the excess contact paper with a hobby knife. You can use the placemat as a cutting guide.

Apply adhesive letters
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Apply adhesive letters. Spell out "I'M THANKFUL FOR" with the adhesive vinyl letters. You can find letters in different fonts in the scrapbooking aisle at craft stores. Use a ruler to help you apply the letters in a straight line. You can also just write these words with chalk on each placemat.

Prime the surface before using
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Prime the surface. Before using the chalkboard, prime the surface by rubbing the flat end of some chalk all across it. Wipe off the excess chalk with a tissue. Now it's ready to use. Be sure everyone at the table has a piece of chalk to count their blessings.

Matching chalkboard napkin rings
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Make the napkin rings. Apply some black contact paper to cardstock and cut 2 inch x 6-inch pieces. Write down each person's name with chalk, make a loop and staple the ends. Your guests will chalk up the dinner's success to your creativity.


  • You may come across adhesive paper that is specially marketed as chalkboard paper. Black contact paper works just as well, at a fraction of the cost.


  • Keep hobby knives away from children.