Super Savvy Saturday project: 1-step, no-mess surface cover!

Welcome back to Super Savvy Saturday! I have a fun project for you. It's easy. It's so easy in fact, I'm almost embarrassed to take the time to tell you how to do it.

Interested yet? You should be 🙂

Today's project is,
1-step, no-mess surface cover!
This is perfect to put under high chairs, children's tables, or to put on a table top when doing a project.

My mom had one of these when we were a kid (Sesame Street, to be exact) and she swears by them. I looked online and found this “Splat Mat” for waaaaay too much dinero! (see below)

So I decided to make my own. (Look at me, right?!)

Here's how I did it:

Step 1: Buy plastic.

  • When I was at the fabric store picking up stuff for my super-cute flannel wreath I saw a sale table of clearance fabric, and on it I saw a huge sheet of cute Thomas the Train printed plastic; it looked like it could be made into a shower curtain or something. I wanted something gender-neutral but this was the best they had.

Step 2: Cut.

  • I took it to the cutting counter and bought one yard (for $4). I recommend getting it on sale or using a coupon, it's usually $8-$15 per yard.
Step 3: That's it. No kidding.
  • You're done! Easiest thing ever. The plastic doesn't have to be sewn, hemmed, glued, taped, nada. It's done! Just place it over whatever it is you want to protect, let your kid make a mess, then wipe it off. When my son really gets it gross I take it on my deck, hose it off, and leave it out to dry for a while.
You could totally do this with an old shower curtain, or even a curtain lining that you get at the dollar store. I like this plastic, though, because it really does take a beating (especially if you set a high chair on it) and this plastic is pretty thick and really durable.
Simple, eh?

This would be a great gift for a new mom! Tie it up in a cute ribbon in a basket of baby food, bowls, spoons, bibs, etc. How cute would that be??
Another perk?
It's super entertaining for the kids.

Happy savings to you!

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