I have wanted to try and design my own front door mat for a while now so when Terrie with Decorate and More with Tip presented me with the opportunity to join a DIY blog hop I accepted! In my typical fashion I dove in without much planning. Bad idea. So here I have my DIY fail and then my DIY success... Also, don't forget to scroll to the bottom where I have a list of other DIY mats by other talented bloggers!
A couple months ago I had purchased a plain mat at Ikea. I thought instead of buying a new one I could make this one work (don't do this). I shook it off and even vacuumed it before going to Hobby Lobby to buy outdoor paint, a stencil and sponge applicators. When I got home I opened my supplies and got to work. I quickly realized this was not going to turn out well. My stencil had very thin lines and the sponge wasn't working great at applying the paint. I found a paint brush and tried again. Still not working I decided to ditch the stencil and free style it. This worked a little better but I wasn't satisfied with my finished product. Ultimately I think a brand new mat would be a better surface to work on.
With my lesson learned I went to Ikea and bought the same mat but brand new. I also didn't want to try and fail again with my stencil painting process. Instead I went to Target and bought permanent paint pens. With a little planning I looked at some DIY mats on Pinterest for some inspiration and decided to go with the saying "hello sunshine". I probably should have practiced my letting before going at it but clearly I'm not good at planning! However I do think it turned out really cute. It was also very easy with the paint pens!
*I placed my "hello sunshine" mat at our front door and my stencil/free hand one at our backdoor. Both have held up to multiple rain and thunderstorms!
Want some more ideas and tips? Check out these other blogs and see how they created their doormats!