After seeing the place mats pictured at the top from Publique Living, I decided I needed to immediately try making some of my own. I didn't have sheets of paper or foam bigger than scraps and 8 1/2 x 11, but that's probably best for experimenting, anyway.
We've had ducks on the brain since we've been reading Make Way for Ducklings (and I'm trying to get a craft together for the kids to go along with it), so I guess that's what got me doing ducks here. My drawings and cuts are way less than desirable, but I was rushing to finish while the kids were waking up from naps. I'm satisfied knowing that, if I really wanted to, I could create our own special place mats in this fashion (being more purposeful with the design and execution) for home, parties, or gifts. The foam is especially fun, would be attractive in bright colors, and would be wipeable and reusable.