If you are looking for a simple, easy way to spruce up your door, have I got a fun one for you! I have been looking for a “Welcome” mat for the longest time, and since I tend to be a bit particular about my mats, I just couldn’t find one that I really liked. I wanted something pretty simple, no flowers, not many colors… you know, minimal.
I was browsing my favorite store (IKEA) and I came across plain doormats, and it hit me… I could make my perfect doormat! So I grabbed one (it’s the $10 TRAMPA one, btw) and got to work.
-paint (I used a multi-surface satin finish that I got at Michaels, near the other acrylic paints.)
-stencils (I used a die-cut machine at the kids’ school to make the letters out of card stock, but if you have a Cricket machine or Silhouette machine that would work too.)
1. Figure out what you want your mat to say and prep your stencils. I knew that I wanted something small and simple so I settled on “Ciao!” I liked this because it means “Hello” and “Goodbye!” in Italian… like of like “Aloha!” Plus, Eddie Izzard does this stand-up routine involving WWII, Vespas and Italians that cracks me up to no end.
2. Line up your letters and sponge on your paint. I found that tape didn’t really help the stencil stick to the mat, so I held the stencil with one hand and painting with the other. You could try duct tape but the holding still worked well enough for me. The paint will soak in pretty quickly so you can do a few coats. Keep adding coats until it’s as dark as you’d like.
3. Step back and admire your work! All in all, this project took me 10 minutes to complete from start to finish (in fact, it took me longer to write this post than to make the mat!) Now that does not include prepping the stencils… but that was 2 minutes on the Die-Cut machine. Price wise, this will run you about $13.00 ($10 for the Mat, $2 for the paint, less than $1 for the brush) which is a steal IMO considering most welcome mats I found were way more pricey than that!
Until next time!