Friday, April 13, 2012

{DIY} Welcome Mat

Since moving into our home almost 2 years ago, the exterior of our home has stayed almost exactly the same as when we bought the property. There were a few trees removed and a flower bed that was in the middle of the lawn that has since been mowed over, but that is pretty much the extent of our landscaping. Of course once the spring time came last year I was eager to work on the "curb appeal" of our home but I was 7 months pregnant at the time, and bending over to pull weeds or plant flowers was not really an option. 

This spring my mind has been flooded with ideas for what we can do to update our bare flower beds, keep up with the lawn, and hopefully avoid having the outside of our house become overgrown with weeds along the way. I have seen a few ideas that I l-o-v-e on Pinterest, and hope to one day replicate. 
Please don't pin this picture from here. You can click the picture to go right to the source and then pin it. Thanks! 


Please don't pin this picture from here. You can click the picture to go right to the source and then pin it. Thanks!
Although some of the projects that I have in mind are fairly large, I also have a few small ones that I want to tackle... like a welcome mat for our front door!


  • Outdoor Mat
  • Spray Paint
  • Painters Tape
  • Measuring Tape
  • Stencil / Cutout
I started out with a basic outdoor mat that I picked up at Canadian Tire, and a cutout that says "hi.". I decided not to go with the typical "Welcome" so instead I chose something that still makes you feel welcome, but will also, hopefully, give our guests a little smile before they enter our home. 

Then, using a Cricut machine, I cut out the word "hi.", and measured and taped the stencil to the centre of the mat.

After giving my trusty black spray can of paint a few good shakes, I carefully sprayed the mat making sure to only get paint where the lettering was going to be. 

I gave the lettering a few good coats of paint (to make sure that it was really black), and removed the stencil after it was dry. 

Now I have a somewhat personalized welcome mat for our front door! 

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