And, since I made it all by myself, that means I can give you the files so you can make your very own if you're so inclined. It was a really inexpensive way to keep the kids entertained for a while. In fact, I saved it and still pull it out for Little Spaghetti to play with sometimes. The total cost of the project was probably under $4 (using some materials I had on-hand), so it was well worth it! (This play mat ends up about three feet by three feet. And I mean about.)
Here's the step by step:
- A printer that can print 11x17. Alternatively, I've provided the jpeg, so you can print it on whatever size paper, provided you can figure out how to scale it appropriately. Or, I think you can probably get 11x17s printed at Kinkos or somewhere for a few bucks if you don't want to deal with all that.
- Scissors or a rotary cutter (and cutting mat)
- Contact paper (clear)
- Non-adhesive shelf liner (or a non-skid rug pad)
- Spray adhesive
- Something long and straight if you're using a rotary cutter
The pieces will probably have to overlap a bit here and there, so just play with it until you've got them lined up.
You're going to be tugging on the contact paper pretty good, so make sure you use enough tape to really hold the other end.
Once you've got one strip of contact paper down, simply repeat the process until you get all the way across the mat. I think I ended up using three strips.
Then I repeated the process on the backside of the mat. Or maybe you want to be less of a daredevil and start with the back so you get in some practice before moving onto the side that people see. Your call.
Once I had the whole thing laminated, I realized that it was kind of slippery. It slid around on my hard floors. Luckily, I had some extra shelf liner laying around from when we'd lined our cabinets. It was the rubbery kind that's not adhesive (it kind of looks like one of those non-skid rug pads you can get to put under area rugs).
I applied some spray adhesive to the shelf liner, and then stuck it to the back of the play mat and let it dry. Problem solved. (Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of that part).
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There you have it! A fun and easy party game. Or anytime game. I hope you enjoy!
Here are the playmat printables:
Click on the image above to get the full size version of the .jpeg or get the .doc version here.
If you have any questions, let me know! Comment here or email me at spaghettiwesterner at gmail dot com.