Monday, January 11, 2010

Easy & Fun Custom Door Mat

This is a project I was so excited about. I loved the concept so much, but the execution was a bit off.
New Years Door Mat

I made freezer paper stencils by printing right onto freezer paper.
Freezer Paper Stencils
I used a marker to simplify the font a bit and then I cut out the black text. I was careful to save the inside circles for the a's and e's.  The three stencils got ironed onto the rug. This worked out great. It stuck on really well.

Iron on the Freezer Paper Stencil

This is where I made my mistake though. I should have ironed on more freezer paper to cover the rug. Instead I laid newspaper over the rug. The force of the spray paint moved the papers and you can see some overspray on the finished rug. Alternately, I could have just used a brush and regular craft paint. That actually would have been neater and even easier. Lessons learned.

I also wish I had made the font even bigger. Especially the 2010. (Twenty-ten! Can you believe it. I am still in a bit of denial.)

One of my crafty goals this year is to decorate my door more. I am tired of cringing each time I see that barfy brown paint and the ugly orange carpet.

This project was so easy and thrifty I can see making custom birthday mats, housewarming mats, sports team mats. There really is no limit. Updated: The mat is from the 99 Cent Only Store, but I have seen them at other dollar stores too.


Tori said...

Cute idea! I think it's fine, and next time it'll be perfect!
Oh and now I can't believe that it's 2010 already, where are all the flying cars?

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Very cute idea, and I love that you didn't get it right the first time. Aren't you sick of all those perfect bloggers? ;)

Ashley said...

That is so genius! You come up with some of the coolest stuff! I do need to try this though because I am always looking for a god mat!

I have some awards for you!

laterg8r said...

great project, good to learn from your mistakes :D

totally in 2010 denial with ya :D

Tubo Family said...

great project, where did you get the mat? or what is it made of that freezer paper could be ironed on?

i'm with you on the shock & denial for 2010; I SWEAR it was just "party like it's 1999" and then Y2K!

Tubo Family said...

Thanks for the update on where to purchase.