Have you noticed, all the home decor stores pretty much carry the same ol’ stuff? I hunted high and low for a new mat to match this one I bought last year. It’s absolutely cheery. Once I get a vision in my head, I can not be deterred and refuse to settle for something else. Does that happen to you?
That’s when I turned to trusty Pinterest. Lots of clever crafting out there.
I’m always seeing cool DIY’s and they make it look so darn easy. **
** This is where I should tell you to SAVE yourself. Just go buy some tacky, plain-Jane beige or brown mat at your local Target. But what fun would that be? Full disclosure, this project threw me a few curves, but in the end I like the results and it’s really cheery on the front porch. So I decided to share what I learned making my very own
work of art DIY door mat.
First stop, my local Ikea for a plain mat. This one was $7.00.
Ignore cute Pinterest pictures and consider a mat that IS NOT Sisal (read on).
Because everything I love is aqua, I thought I’d use some left over paint I had from the chair in my craft room. It’s a shade called Ocean.
Plan for more than one can of spray paint if you are spraying Sisal. I spent the good part of one afternoon shopping for another can in the same colour 😦 Sisal just sucks up paint like crazy.
I already had a bunch of painters tape at home and used that to mark my lines.
Did you ignore Tip 1 and bought a sisal mat anyways? Consider using duck tape. The painters tape will not adhere firm enough and bad things happen.
If you end up with wavy lines, I’d recommend the new ‘Oil Based Sharpies’ and a yard stick. They come in plenty of colours, I used gold and white. I actually like how it emphasized the plain stripes.
Best not to expect perfection or the store bought look. Boomdee says,
I left room for a message and using 4″ letter die cuts at my local Scrapbook store, made stencils to spell HELLO
Most scrapbook stores have large die cuts for use for a small fee (I’m a member so it’s free!)
Bonus, you’ll also get letters to use on another project. Just be sure to have the right of your paper down on the die cut as they are reversed.
I traced the stencils on to the painted mat with my gold ‘Oil Based Sharpie’ then hi-lighted them with white. I thought they looked so much better than the flat letters.
Consider outlining your stripes and hi-lighting your letters. It will give your flat mat some dimension. I used oil based Sharpies.
Our new mat has been gracing our front porch for three weeks now. I’m pretty happy with how it’s holding out in all the rain we’ve had. While not a family heirloom, I’m confident it will last for a couple of seasons and it’s a nice way to greet our guests with a colourful and cheery “HELLO”!