Everyone knows by now, I love crafting in groups. So when Hometalk encouraged me to put together a craft group to make something for the home, I was all over that. The project was a Wood Slat Mat and I am in love with my ombre version (ombre tutorial below) – –
First up, a few excuses on this post – – it was raining and dreary, but I took pictures anyway so they aren’t the greatest. Also, my computer has been super slow so Trevor tried a whole system reboot. It’s so much faster now, but meanwhile I had files in weird places that are now lost and need recovered – like my blog logo and watermark! And all the cute fonts I had installed – so look past the boring watermark in these, I’m working on it…
Now, back to the project – – we used the DIY Doormat post from The Accent Piece (head there for the tutorial):
The boards at my store were much cheaper, so these turned out being $5 a doormat – nice! The boards were only $2 (you need 2) and that’s for the fancy pressure-treated ones. Trevor precut the boards to the right length. Then we got together and drilled the holes with the drill press and stained the boards:
The fun group, sporting our fashion-forward utility aprons from Hometalk. I love when we can turn playgroup into a little fun crafting:
Now, for the tutorial on the ombre look I went with – – I really love the subtly of it. First, grab a color of paint and some white paint and your boards:
Paint the first board with straight color. Then scoop out some white (I used a stir stick) and add it to your color. Stir with your brush. Then paint the second board. Then add a scoop of white. Then paint the third board.
And repeat, adding a scoop of white in between each board painting.
The sunlight is making this picture a little greener than real life, but you can see the color gradiation, dark to light:
I wanted a little something on the doormat, but “Welcome” seemed pretty formal. I settled on “hey there” and used my Cameo to cut a stencil out. I took the time to do the Mod Podge trick so the letters would be crisp:
Then I painted it onto the darkest board using the mixed paint from the lightest board:
Here you can see the subtle color change in the boards:
And a view of the whole mat. I think this would also make a pretty cool wall hanging:
But it does look awesome as a welcome mat:
So grab a group, grab some boards, and get to crafting!!