So I made no bones about how much I adored our “Hey Pumpkin” personalized door mat from Georgie and Moon. I had great intentions of making my own, but time and energy was just not there. However, even after that, the itch to create never left me, so about 2 weekends ago, I finally got to scratch that itch and ade one myself…all with things I already had around the house!
So if you’d like to make one too, here you go! Now, noted, this would be SO much easier if you actually had a cricut or silhouette machine, then this would seriously take you only about 10mins or so. But if like me, you dont, fret not, its still possible, and easy!
This is all you’ll need:
What you will need:
-Thick cardboard thats big enough for your wording across the doormat. (like a box – just thick enough so paint wont soak through, but also not too thick else you’ll be swearing your way through this trying to cut it. Im convinced my cardboard that I chose was made out of adamantium, as it needed a bajillion slices before it would cut through. So be clever in what thickness of board you use, and you can save time)
– Brown bristled doormat – the best price I found was at Mr Price Home, at R99.
– Black ACRYLIC paint. (not Craft like in my video)
-Long bristled hard paint brush – Builders has plenty to choose from
-(Optional)Thin bristled smaller but still hard bristled paint brush (for small bits and any corrections you may need to make/ gaps need filling after)
-Box cutter blade/Exacto Knife
– Printed out page of your chosen wording for your mat. (I selected “Merry and Bright”. YOu can make your design for your mat on Canva, or if you’re really in a pinch, you can use one of the free images online.)
-Glue (like Pritt or school glue)- tape (to secure sign to mat)-container for paint
1.Print out the wording to the exact size you want to have on your mat – measure to be sure/place ontop of mat to check.
2.Glue the sign/design down onto the cardboard (try not to leave any gaps with glue, you want it secure)
3. Once glue is dry, cut out the words to create your template using the blox cutter. (be aware of spaces in between the letter itself in cursive writing, as its tricky to keep the space there if you’ve cut it out.)
4. Once your template is ready place it on the mat and secure it to mat. Bear in mind it wont stick properly due to nature of mat, so you will have to work mindfully and carefully as you go.
5. Decant some paint and load up your big paint brush, and with straight down movements, push the paintbrush directly down into the mat bristles inside the template.
6.Continue to work this way until you’ve covered all the letters.
It should really only take you about 5 minutes generally. Don’t be tempted to constantly check it, as you may shift the template and drag the paint across your mat, thereby ruining the design.
7. Remove template carefully to ensure you don’t drag the paint as you lift.
8. And boom. You’re done. Let dry for a full day before using it.
If you make one, I would love to see it – tag me on instagram (@traxgport)
For more Christmas stuff to make check out:
Christmas Snow globe ornament