This project is great for children.  There is just one thing, you really want to cover the entire sureface of the linoleum with paint.  If you don't, the polyeurthane will just turn the backing to a dark gray color.  For my children, I put some puddles of paint directly on the Linoleum and had them swirl it around.  I went back and touched up the edges where necessary.

I also gave them a plan.  I wanted the placemats to somewhat match, so I told them to use their cat, Sparkles, as the inspiration. 

We made six placemats - all based on a true story
     Sparkles tries to eat Caitlin's Fish
     The day Sparkles sent the little red birds to Heaven
     Sparkles vs. the hornet's nest.  (That day cost me $300 at the vet)
     Sparkles brings a mouse to dinner
     Cats hate baths
     What do you think cats dream about?

We certainly have a lot of adventures to choose from :)

This is great art, cda! You should have many more views than you do, and I think under the "old system" you would have. Instructables is still a great site though. Keep on keepin' on...Cman Oh, in all my travels (dumpster diving and all), I've never seen linoleum....I remember it from the 50's, but thought it had gone the way of dinosaurs....?????
Interesting. I wonder if it's a location thing. We have high construction costs in the midwest largely due to insulation and winterizing homes and linoleum is VERY inexpensive and a good way to put in flooring and cut down on total cost. I don't know, but thanks for your comments.
I think what you call linoleum is sheet vinyl flooring, and available at places like flooring stores or Home Depot Linoleum is or was a linseed oil and cork product. It wasn't something that could be cut with scissors, and is now, in the form of Marmoleum, very expensive compared to vinyl. <br><br> Anyway, this is a great idea and one that never crossed my mind for the scrap pieces I have in the basement. Thank you for sharing it!
Very good idea!<br>
Thanks <br>
Love the placemats! Sparkles seems like quite the character.
Thanks. And he sure is something else but we love him =)

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