If I had a dollar for every time I was down on the ground cleaning up food from the cracks in my hard wood floors, I might be able to buy an extra gallon of gas each week.
We spent a lot of time putting in those wood floors and I don't want to constantly be cleaning dried baby food out of the cracks. - I have other cracks to tend to around here and my floor should not be on the list! Sorry if that grosses you out, but it is the truth!
As most of my DIY projects start, I went online to see what I could do to protect the floor under the highchair and found some options but they were all close to 30 dollars!
What? To spill food on?
I knew I could find a simple DIY solution, and today I'm sharing with you this simple DIY splat mat tutorial. You can make 2 splat mats in less than 15 minutes.
What Is a Splat Mat?
A splat mat is a mat for under a high chair that protects your floor. It's easy to fold up and change out, or quickly wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Many floors have small cracks and crevasses that can easily accumulate crumbs and dried baby food. Putting a mat down under the high chair will keep food out of these places and keep your floors in good shape.
How to Make a Splat Mat
Lay your vinyl tablecloth out flat and fold into the center.
Use the already finished edge as a guide to cut around the corner and down the edge.
(You're essentially cutting the table cloth in half to get 2 mats)
Fold in half again and using the edges cut the remaining squared corners.
Using the zig zag stitch on your machine, sew the unfinished edges making sure that your needle lands just off of the table cloth on one side to serge the edge of your high chair mat.
Cleaning Your Splat Mat
When your little one is done
dropping food on the floor eating, wipe the splat mat clean with a damp cloth or paper towel.
If it gets really bad you can hose it down, or put it in the wash and lay the second one out!
Other Uses for the Splat Mat
I've found so many uses for these!
I often pull one of these out when my toddler wants to do Play-Doh on the countertop or when she paints on her easel in the backyard.
They do get stained from paint eventually, but we designate one for paint and eventually just replace the ones that get really bad cause they're easy to make and really budget friendly!
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