When I grabbed a plain door mat from IKEA, I knew it wouldn’t stay plain for long! I love everything DIY, so of course I was going to spruce it up a little. So a few tips for you on how to make a DIY Hello Door Mat – –
DIY Hello Door Mat
STENCIL – – I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out “hello”. I thought it needed a little something else so I added the brackets, which I think was a 5-years-ago fad, but I still like it, so there ya go 😉 A great tip when cutting stencils is that I use contact paper – the stuff you can buy on rolls for lining your shelves, etc. That way I don’t waste my good vinyl. I like the wood grain contact paper because I can see it well on my project ( I used to use clear, but it was too hard to work with!)
RUG – I grabbed this rug at IKEA, but I’ve seen similar types at other various stores. It has a good texture to it, which means it’s great for a rug, but it does mean that the stencil won’t stick that great. Which will be okay – since it’s not a smooth surface, the paint won’t seep.
PREP – I cut my stencil right up to the edge, so I just used extra cardboard scraps to cover additional parts of the rug from overspray. Spray outside 😉
PAINT – To be sure the word was visible, I sprayed two coats of paint, letting it dry a little in between coats. You can see where the spraypaint kind of “melted” the edges of the plastic contact paper on the second coat, but it still had great line edges when I pulled up the stencil.
You want to make sure you really get the paint down into the fibers of the rug —
Since we live in the country nowadays, I actually have a door mat outside and inside, so this rug has made it’s place as the first thing people see when they step inside our home. Love it!!