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How to Make Waterproof Placemats with Mod Podge

Does your little one make messes during meal time? Learn how to make waterproof placemats with Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge! It’s really easy.

How to Make Waterproof Placemats with Mod Podge

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.

Decoupage placemats from maps

Decoupage Placemats

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 vinyl or rubber placemat
  • Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge
  • Maps (or book pages, wrapping paper etc)
  • Foam brush
folded maps

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!

Painting Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge on a map with a foam brush

Brush a layer of Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge on the placemat, lay your maps on top and then brush another 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.

DIY waterproof placemat

After the placemat is fully dry, 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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Friday 31st of July 2015

can it be used as a write on/wipe off item? that way one could trace the route they just took (if you did a local city map) or if on a long trip part of your travel map which could be made ahead of time and take it with you


Thursday 30th of July 2015

Hi I love the idea..cant wait to try it out!!!????????...I wanted to ask you..have you tested the placemat..can it be also cleaned under running water??i hear alot of people saying that it is better to use resin or polyurethanes to make decoupage items I am very confused!!..your response would really help clear it up.


Thursday 23rd of July 2015

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! I think this looks like a a great gift for my niece and nephew! I may try to personalize them somehow. I better get started now if I want to make sure they're done by Christmas!