DIY Front Door Welcome Mat: Tips and Tricks

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Good morning! I have done my first mat of Spring and am so excited to share it with you!

These mats are one of my best sellers, and I have (mostly) perfected my method through much trial and error. I do make mistakes of course (as can be seen on my most recent video!), but I love crafting and making mistakes is how we learn!

Materials needed:

  1. 18” x 30” coir mat. I LOVE these mats, they always turn out so great, and the lines are so crisp.
  2. Stencil on 651 vinyl. I utilize my 12” x 24” Cricut mat, and make my design as big as I can on this size.
  3. Transfer tape
  4. Big, flat paintbrush
  5. Outdoor acrylic paint. I always use black, but I am sure another colour would work just fine as long as it is outdoor paint.
  6. Ruler
  7. Masking tape
  8. Tweezers
  9. Hairdryer
  10. A cutting machine to cut the stencil (I used my Silhouette Cameo)

Steps:

  1. Place your stencil on the mat, use your ruler to make sure it is lined up perfectly.
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  2. Put masking tape on one edge, securing the vinyl down.
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  3. Slowly peel the transfer tape off the vinyl. It may take a little bit of time, just go slowly. Use your tweezers to correct any mistakes that you make. Readjust as you need.
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  4. Take a hairdryer on the hottest setting and lowest amount of air blowing and go over your stencil, pressing the vinyl in with your hand. You should see the texture of the mat through the vinyl.
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  5. Once you have a good seal, start painting! I do a light coat first, using a dabbing motion and cover all of the letters. I will then go back over it with a much thicker coat and let the mat absorb a lot of paint. I will go over it once more if there are any spots that need some more paint.
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  6. Let dry (maybe an hour or so).
  7. Grab your paint and go over any spots that need it with your paint brush.
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  8. Let dry completely (another hour or 2).
  9. Remove stencil.
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  10. Admire your amazing mat!
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Let me know if you have any questions.  If you want to check out my YouTube video, here is the link to it. Thanks so much, I hope this was helpful!!

Here is the pattern:
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