Does your little one make messes during meal time? Learn how to make waterproof placemats with Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge! It’s really easy.
Skills Required: Beginner. It helps to have some experience with Mod Podge since thinner materials and maps can wrinkle. Just have patience and smooth thoroughly.
Hi friends! This is Megan from Homemade Ginger again! I’m back with another super easy DIY for you all today. When I discovered Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge, I couldn’t wait to give it a try!
My two-year-old makes huge messes at meal times and a placemat is a must. I decided to use some Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge to make a super cute DIY placemat that can easily be wiped off.
Before we get started, you need to know something – this placemat isn’t truly waterproof. But let me explain, because you’re still going to want to make it!
The thing is, no Mod Podge is waterproof. But some of the formulas are very highly water resistant, and Dishwasher Safe is one of them. You will be able to decoupage placemats and for the most part, will be able to remove water quite easily.
And you won’t have to wipe the water off the second it hits. Get some additional notes below.
Some important notes about this project:
- Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe needs to cure for 28 days before it’s washed. This is so the adhesives reach their maximum hardness before exposure to water.
- Don’t submerge these placemats in hot water. That is where Mod Podge is NOT waterproof. If it’s submerged in water for a long time, the adhesive will start to break down and the project will fall apart. You can hand wash or “dip and rinse.”
- Don’t put this in the dishwasher. The formula is top rack safe in the dishwasher but since they’re pretty big they probably wouldn’t fit, and you shouldn’t put them on the bottom rack.
Here’s what you will need:
- Vinyl or rubber placemat
- Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge
- Maps (or book pages, wrapping paper etc)
- Foam brush
- Sandpaper (optional)
Begin by laying out your map on the placemat. You may need to cut them to piece it together. You can also use pages from a children’s book, fun wrapping paper, your child’s artwork or lots of other options!
Brush a layer of Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge on the placemat, lay your maps on top and smooth thoroughly. You can use a brayer or credit card if it helps. Let dry 15-20 minutes and then brush a layer layer on top of the maps.
Once it is fully dry, add another layer of Mod Podge. Continue doing this until you have about three layers on top of the maps.
After the placemat is fully dcured (2i days)ry, you can put it to use! I can’t wait to come up with another Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge craft! Now that you know how to make waterproof placemats, what else will you waterproof?
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