This is a super fun process art activity for younger kids and beyond! Using cookie cutters to make fall prints is an easy painting activity that kids will love to explore. Adding in gold and silver paint with autumn colors really gives this project an extra sparkly touch.
You can easily turn this project into fall placemats! I rolled out paper onto our dining room table and my four-year-old son had a great time printing all over it. If you are doing this project in a preschool setting, you could cut the paper to size beforehand.
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Make your own cookie cutter fall placemats
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- Roll of paper
- Fall cookie cutters
- Acrylic paint, we used orange, green, gold and silver
- Paint trays-we used recycled containers
- Contact paper
- Placemat to use as template
Instructions for your fall placemats
1. The first thing you want to do is roll out paper onto a table or onto the floor, wherever you have the room. My kids love painting on large pieces of paper, it’s something a bit different than they are used to and it seems to really spark their creativity.
2. Get your cookie cutters and paint ready. We used fall colors with gold and silver for something fun and different. Using one color per cookie cutter will eliminate the colors mixing together and looking muddy.
3. Let your kids have fun and explore printing with cookie cutters!
4. Once your kids are done printing, let the paint dry before moving on to making your fall placemats.
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5. Once the paint is dry, you are ready to make your placemats. I used an existing placemat as a template which made it super easy. Our placemat dimensions were 17in x 11.5in. Place your placemat template onto the cookie cutter painting and trace around. Make as many placemats as you need.
6. Cut everything out and spread out your roll of contact paper.
7. Cover both sides of your cookie cutter paintings with contact paper, smoothing out any bumps and air bubbles, and then trim around the edges making everything as even as possible.
Beautiful fall placemats made from your kids simple and fun process art ready to decorate your table for any occasion. These would be perfect placemats for your Thanksgiving table decor. They would look great with our yarn wrapped pinecone place card holders!
This is a great process art activity that is perfect for kids of any age. Kids will love exploring printing with cookie cutters and you can make their creations into beautiful fall placemats that can become a keepsake to use year after year.
If you are looking for more fall art projects take a look at my collection of creative fall painting ideas for kids! There are ideas for kids of all ages that use different types of art materials and techniques.
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