by Christina Dennis
My entryway needed a happy summer update, so with an inexpensive rug from Ikea and some leftover latex paint from a previous project I made this simple and cute “hello” mat!
- woven or low-pile rug (I used this one from Ikea)
- latex paint
- small paintbrush or stippling brush
- computer, printer & cardstock paper
- Scotch Gard spray
- Exacto knife & self-healing mat
First, measure your rug and decide how big of a “hello” you’d like. I wanted mine exactly centered and not too large, but not too small. Then, using a fun font, type your “hello” in a new Word document or photo editing program on your computer. You’re welcome to use mine if you’d like: The DIY Mommy Painted Mat – Hello (PDF Download) Print it out on cardstock paper.
Using an Exacto knife, carefully cut out the letters and then all of the holes in the letters that need it (the “E”‘s, “O”‘s etc.). Save the holes – you’ll need them for your stencil!
Place the stencil on your rug, wherever you want it (I exactly centered mine) and tape it into place. I placed the “holes” of the letters in their places as I went and held them with my finger, but it hindsight it would have been a lot smarter to tape them in their places with double-sided tape or loops of tape at this point too!
Use a small paintbrush to stipple the paint onto your stencil. There are actual stippling brushes you can buy, but I simply used an inexpensive craft paintbrush. It worked! Hold the stencil down with your opposite hand as you go so that you don’t accidentally paint out of the lines. I had to stipple the paint to push it down because the rug was a little textured. If you’re using a flatter woven rug, it won’t be as tricky!
(Here’s a picture of me holding onto the “holes” of the “O” with my opposite hand while painting – finicky, but it worked! I’d suggest taping them first or using a washable glue to hold them down.)
I found two coats of paint was sufficient. Make sure to let the paint dry for at least 2 hours between coats. After the second coat has dried, spray the painted section with Scotch Gard. Let dry overnight and then spray again, making sure to let the rug dry completely before use.
I’ve had mine for a couple of weeks now, and to clean it I’ve vacuumed it and wiped it with a damp cloth. So far the paint has held up nicely. Even if it faded or cracked a little, I think it would have a sweet “shabby chic” look.
And there you have it – a simple, inexpensive project to spruce up your decor! Think of how cute this would look in a baby’s nursery, maybe with a different saying on it – “You Are My Sunshine” in a sunny yellow, perhaps?
Enjoy your new “Hello” mat!
Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.