12 Crafts of Christmas {DIY Personalized Welcome Mat}

I just looked up prices for personalized coir welcome mats and Y’ALL!
Those things retail for anywhere from about $30 to OVER $150!
You’re gonna walk on it!
And get it dirty!
On purpose!

And the craziest thing is that this took me approximately 10 minutes from start to finish.
Marshall can verify that this is the fastest craft I’ve ever done.

Start out by designing and cutting out your stencil.
(I have a Silhouette machine and lots of vinyl, which certainly makes this easier;
but last year I didn’t have a cutting machine and I hand cut stencils out of contact paper.
This doesn’t make it harder, it just makes it take longer to do.)

Once my stencil was cut out, I stuck it onto the mat and smooooooshed it around until it was stuck on well.

Then I covered the rest of the area with painter’s tape.
(I tend to get a little over-zealous with spray paint.)

While I was shaking the paint can, I danced barefoot on top of the rug.
This is an essential step!
(No, really!  It is!  The stencil wasn’t very well stuck until I did that.)

And then spray painted…

After wating about 5 minutes, I pulled off the stencil.
I love the way this turned out!!

Now, admittedly, I bought the cheapest mat I could find and it may not last long,
but I wanted to try it on something inexpensive before I invested anything.
But if I were doing it again (and I will!), I’d get a higher quality mat.
Which, ya know, would increase my overhead a little.
But still…not to $150!

(Also?  I’m thinking my next one may have a little something like this on it.)
12 Crafts of Christmas 2011
1. Personalized Necklaces
2. Button and Lego Wall Art
3. Personalized ClipBoards
4. Fabric Covered Wire(Wall Art) 
5. Stationary
6. You & Me Books
7. Personalized Welcome Mat
8. Personalized Dessert Carrier
9. Kid’s Artwork Cup
10. Ornaments
11. Sewing Tutorials
12. Photo Display Block

5 Responses to 12 Crafts of Christmas {DIY Personalized Welcome Mat}
  1. punkinmama
    December 5, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Love it! And the mustache one? Hee.