I recently helped my mom decorate 3 themed tables for a Christmas banquet. My favorite one was the wintery woodland themed table. In order to add some depth and interest to this table, I decided placemats were needed. But, on a small budget, I needed to find something reasonably priced. So, wrapping paper did the trick. I found this great woodgrain wrapping paper at Target.
I simply cut 12″ x 18″ rectangles of the paper (this was easy because the back of this paper has been marked off in 1″ squares). Then to make them look a little more finished, I rounded the corners. I have this nifty Martha Stewart corner cutter, but this could easily be done with scissors as well.
With so many fantastic choices of wrapping paper, these placemats could be made for any party. Can’t you see this being fun for a themed birthday party or just a family dinner that you want to feel festive or special? To make placemats for a table of 8, I used a yard and a half of wrapping paper. I’m sure that cost less then a dollar.