My friends over at the Unclutterer had a great idea on their blog today. The basic idea is to use inexpensive matte-finish oil cloth, plus chalk, to decorate your table for Thanksgiving. You can write right on your tablecloth, to put names where guests are to sit, to label dishes, or to keep the kids from getting bored by letting them play tic-tac-toe, etc.
But I’m thinking, wouldn’t this be a great thing to do every day in our homeschool? We do our schoolwork right at our dining room table. My husband prefers “normal” wall decorations, rather than maps and school-ish charts. So I don’t have a white board on my wall. I have a tiny one in my crate, but I often wish for something bigger. In our last house, we had a window that was perfect to write on with white-board markers, but that just doesn’t work here.
So I’m thinking that this tablecloth idea would be fabulous for illustrating math problems, learning spelling words, diagramming sentences or making chore lists. I could cover it up for a pretty family dinner with my normal cloth tablecloths.
So, Mom, how does one go about buying “oil cloth”? I’ve never done that one before. Does it come “hemmed” like in the picture above? Is this something that a non-crafty mom like me could pull off?