Is your kitchen table boring? Do you have boxes of old or extra trading cards from Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, or Yu-Gi-Oh? Well dig them out and get cutting, because today we’re going to add some decorative nerd flare to your dinning room with DIY table placemats made from trading cards.
- Stack of trading cards
- Clear Contact Paper
- Punch (optional)
1. Pick your pattern or image. I had originally planned to cut out card images using a fancy tessellation pattern. Having returned from a mini vacation to the Renaissance Festival this past weekend, I ultimately decided I didn’t have enough time to cutout all the pieces given everything else going on this month. If you’re patient and/or have the time, I’d totally recommend getting a little more fancy; your placemat will turn out that much cooler! I opted to use a square scrapbooking punch I had on hand to cut out my cards.
Additionally, you could get fancy by creating a mosaic image using the coloration of the cards you decide to cut out. Again, this method will take longer, but it’ll be really neat in the end. Think of an 8 bit pattern, and find cards with images that are strongly color tinted in that direction.
2. Once you have all your cards cutout to the desired shape, do a test layout to ensure everything looks good together.
3. Once everything is good to go, cut out a sheet of contact paper that’s larger than the final size of the placemat you’d like -this will give you a border for sealing (waterproof!) and trimming.
4. Start peeling the paper backing off and placing your rows of cards, one-by-one. I found it easier to peel and stick 1 row at a time.
5. Once your cards a positioned, peel and stick a top layer of Contact paper to seal everything in. Again, peel and stick a little a time. Moving slow in this step will help prevent wrinkles and air bubbles in your placemat. Be careful not to stretch the Contact Paper out of shape as you peel too.
There you have it; it’s that easy! Which trading card game do you have extra cards of? What type of mat are you planning on making? Share in the comments below!