Glittered Placemat

  • Young Adult
  • Grades 1-3

Use Glitter and contact paper to create a unique place mat. Use cut paper to mask and create shapes with the Glitter.


  • Glitter Shakers Mega Pack, 12 Assorted Colors
  • Contact Paper
  • Scissors
  • Scrap paper
  • Pencil or Marker
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Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Step 2.

Draw and cut out several shapes on white scrap paper. Tip: have children practice drawing and identifying shapes as you name them aloud. If desired, you can also download our template by clicking the “template” button.

Kids Craft contact sheet Placemat with glitter

Step 3.

Cut (2) pieces of contact paper, approximately 18 inches wide. Put one aside for later. Tip: if the contact paper is too curled, roll it gently the opposite direction to help it stay flat.

Peel off the paper covering, and leave the contact paper with the sticky side facing up. Make sure to save the paper covering for the next step. 

Make a placemat

Step 4.

Trace your template pieces with the marker onto the paper backing you just peeled off and cut out the shapes. We use this material as it will not permanently stick to the contact paper.

Kids Craft Glitter Placemat

Step 5.

Gently shake a light color Glitter over your sticky contact paper laid out in step 3. We used the White Glitter.

Contact sheet placemat with glitter

Step 6.

Place a few of the shapes cut in step 4 on the contact paper.  Gently hold the shape with your fingers and sprinkle a darker color of Glitter around the shapes. Lift the shape and you will see a “hole” where the shape had been. This is also called a mask or a resist technique.

Contact Sheet Glitter Placemat

Step 7.

Place some other shapes around the contact paper. You can overlap the shapes. Sprinkle another darker color Glitter around the shapes.  Notice how the shapes look when they are overlapped.

Kids Craft Glitter Placemat

Step 8.

Repeat Steps 6 and 7 until you have filled up the contact paper with shapes. You can sprinkle a little colored Glitter over the finished contact sheet.

Kids Craft contact sheet Placemat made with Glitter

Step 9.

Peel off the paper backing from the other piece of contact paper and place it sticky side down on top of your glitter covered contact paper.  Tip: line up the edges on the left side and gently press the contact paper together, moving from left to right. Gently smooth out any bubbles in the paper.

Kids Craft Placemat made with glitter and shapes

Step 10.

As a final step, cut a decorative edge around your placement. Your place mat is now ready to use at the kitchen table!