Hello internet folk!
I come to you today (instead of Thursday) to bring you a lovely and easy, but extremely impressive, DIY. I found the tutorial at Our Geek Home. I love this website. If you don’t know about it, it is a nerdy couple that posts all kinds of DIY ideas for nerdy decor. I love it. They were the ones that I shared a geeky plate tutorial from, and I love how their tutorials are not overly complicated and you don’t need a lot of specialized materials or training so it’s super easy for anyone to do. Though they’re easy, my favourite part is that they look so impressive! I’ll give you two methods, both which are listed on the Our Geek Home website as well,
All you need to do this project is a blank welcome mat, a can (or two) of spray paint, some pins (sewing pins would work fine – though make sure you’re ok to get them covered in paint) and a computer/printer. You can choose any size mat. I would just recommend getting one that is – how do I say this – carpety. Meaning you should be able to see the bristles where you wipe your feet. The paint looks really neat and old fashioned when you can see the natural bristles a little further below the paint. I don’t know about you but I really like the idea of an old fashioned looking welcome mat that has a nerdy emblem on it.
The first four easy steps….
The first method is super easy.
First you need to find whatever pattern/emblem/design that you’d like to put on your mat and print it out. Our Geek Home traced the printout onto tracing paper, but this isn’t necessary as you’ll need to pin it to the rug anyway to hold it down. Secondly, you need to cut and place and pin your emblem. The thrd step is to spray away! Spray down all the areas that aren’t covered in paper. Let it dry and voila! You’re done! You can add more detail to your rug by adding details – like the symbol in the centre of the emblem:
Or if you’re really creative and careful, you could layer colours and emblems though that would probably be easier with the other method. I think they look super impressive. Just think of all the different designs you can do. Remember, when you’re looking for images, it’s best to put the word “stencil” into whatever you’re searching for. This will bring up more blocky images with bigger lines that will be easier to put onto a project like this.
The second method that you can use, using acrylic paint and a stencil method similar to the one used in the towel tutorial a couple weeks ago. I’ll go through both so that you can choose whichever one you find easier or you have the space for. The stencil method may be better if you don’t have a garage or backyard in which to use a spray can freely. The only extra materials you need for this is that instead of spray paint you’ll be using acrylic paint and a small paint roller.
The above pictures is a great example of a stencil that was hand made, though you can still use the same technique above of printing a stencil. Notice that in the first method they kept the emblem blank, using the negative space. The triforce emblem is the reverse where colour is applied to emblem rather than the background. Whichever way you want to do it, is fine. Just remember this will impact how you cut your stencil.
The steps are also very simple for this method. All you need is a stencil (for this method a negative space stencil like the Zelda one is ideal so that you’re not paining an entire mat by hand), your paint, and a roller sponge. All you need to do is place your stencil where you would like it to appear and roll the paint on top. For this method it’s probably ideal to do a couple of coats Since the paint isn’t a spray, it will not go quite as deep on the first go round. Let it dry, and you’re good to go.
Keep in mind that this doesn’t need to be a nerdy project and there’s many different styles you can do this in.
This example from another tutorial website shows how you can take a simple shape and use it to create a beautiful pattern with an interesting use of placement and colour.
Above is a more simple design that just requires some painters tape.
Lastly, you can even do some hand painting if you have a steady hand. Just remember if you spray a background colour that you’ll want to let it dry first.
As you can see, if you click on any of the links on the photos, there’s many different tutorials with many different ideas on how to decorate. My suggestion: Pick something that will make you smile before you walk in the door.
Don’t forget this is also a great way to repurpose old mats that you may not like anymore, so you don’t necessarily need to go out and buy a new one.
Let your creativity fly! And make a mat for every door to your house, garage, shed, backyard, front yard. gate…. well. You get the idea.