DIY Card Game Playmat?

I have recently started playing Magic: The Gathering, and was looking to get a Playmat, I would like to make one because I don't want to spend a ton on a mat, I was wondering if anyone had any links to a tutorial on how to make a portable one from scratch for under $5?
In case you don't know what they are, here is a link to some ( http://sales.starcitygames.com/category.php?t=a&cat=5090 )

Thanks.

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Play mats are for beginners and noobs. They are only needed for those who are still struggling with the game mechanics. You will not see play mats in tournaments or competitions at your local game/comic shops. Get use to the mechanics and move on.

Old post...but this is really not true. Besides looking nice, playmats really serve only one primary purpose, and that's to reduce wear and tear on your card sleeves. At my Lgs, they have those slightly rough/bumpy white plastic folding tables, and after game after game, all that abrasion and sliding adds up. They also help out if the table happened to be...sticky, or otherwise dirty.

If you're playing on a really smooth, clean surface, sure playmats are superfluous. But they have ZERO to do with either game mechanics or being a "noob".

Finally, on topic, but you can order blank white playmats, yourself, from Amazon. From there, you can attempt to either draw, or otherwise print, a custom design onto them yourself. You won't get one for quite $5, but they're not much more expensive. There are also companies available, some of which double as custom mouse pad printers, that will do in-house, professional level, custom prints for you, for $25-$35. Not bad, all in all.

That's what card sleaves are for.

Tuckoguy (author)  mpilchfamily3 years ago

Actually, When I looked at the local tournaments, They had pictures from previous matches, and 9 out of 10 people had play mats as you can see in this picture. Just saying...

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mh76dk3 years ago

If you put in "mtg playmat build howto" (w/o quotes) in google search, it finds at least a few youtube videos (supposedly) showing how.

Triclaw3 years ago

make your own by following the set up in the rule book or look at a play mat on line and do your own graphics but put contact paper over your art work to prevent getting ink or crayon on your cards