Last week, we revealed Daughter’s Fall Front Porch and you may have noticed her welcome mat. She searched for several weeks and could not find one that was simple and inexpensive. With two large dogs, the welcome mats get worn out very quickly. What do you do when you can’t find exactly what you are looking for? You create a DIY project!
For this DIY Painted Welcome Mat, you’ll need paint colors of your choice, a computer, printer, scissors, paint brushes and any size entry mat of any material. Daughter picked this one up from Home Depot for $10.
Daughter created the ‘home’ stencil in a Word document, printed it on card stock and then created the stencil. Of course, you could also free hand any word, monogram or image. The font was increased to 600 pt.
Daughter placed the stencil on the mat and used a round stencil brush to outline the letter. Tip: You might want to use painter’s tape to hold the stencil in place. Daughter found it somewhat difficult to keep the stencil in place and paint at the same time. Once you have the basic outline of the letter, you can fill in with more paint. The entry mat absorbs a lot of paint so it may take two or three coats!
Two letters complete after three coats of paint.
You can see the difference between one light coat during the stenciling compared to three coats of fill in paint.
After completing the project, Daughter found another welcome mat creation at Ballard Designs that she will DIY for a Christmas present for her father. The same concept could be used around Christmas with words like joy, hope, believe, etc in red or green.
~georgia & daughter