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Monday, January 2, 2012

{$6 welcome mat}

I have been in need of a new welcome mat for quite awhile.  The one that has been on my front porch was a sad little thing--a remnant of carpet from when we first moved into our house almost four years ago.  When I received a Silhouette fabric ink starter kit to try out, I considered it providence, and knew just what I needed  wanted to do.

I found a plain welcome mat at Home Depot for $6--love the price!

I wanted to use the word welcome, along with the definition below, and I used my Silhouette to cut out the stencil vinyl provided in my starter kit.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again--you don't have to have a Silhouette to do this project.  You can use other stencils, or even make your own, and I've done that many times before. 

I started to apply the stencil to the rug, but I had to make a couple adjustments.  It had nothing to do with the Silhouette product, it was because the rug I chose was SO rough.  It was hard and stiff (probably not the "fabric" they're talking about, lol), so the stencil didn't stick to it very well, but I was determined. The combination of all the small letters and the texture of the rug was not a good one, so I had to nix the definition part and just go with the word welcome. I ended up using duct tape to secure the stencil in place, and that worked really well. You might consider either choosing a different textured rug, OR use larger designs/text--nothing small. 

I really love the end result, and it's most definitely a huge improvement!

What a darling gift this would make!  How about for a wedding, teacher, or housewarming gift? It's an inexpensive and simple way to give something personalized.  You could use a monogram, Mr. & Mrs. (WAY cute for a wedding gift), a teacher's name, and more.

The Silhouette is running through January 5th--you can get a Silhouette Cameo and a Fabric Ink Starter Kit for $299--just use the code BPP at checkout!  
Tip:  You must add the Cameo and the Starter Kit to your cart, then use the code.


Blogger Jessie j. said...

Gosh i love this! What a cute inexpensive way to personalize you entryway. these would even make great houewarming gifts!

January 2, 2012 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Janine said...

I probably would've quit when it didn't work out the first time. I'm impressed.

January 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger PamS said...

This is so cute...I am thinking of all the possibilites now for some nice gifts.

January 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Very Cute....that would look so cute by my front door.
Thanks for the great idea :)

Fruity Lemonade

January 2, 2012 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

Simple elegance! Just the kind of project inspiration I have been looking for as we go into 2012! Classic. Thanks for sharing. Now, to get my hands on a silhouette!

January 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger HI. I'm Julie. The Stalker. said...

just found your blog and love it!

January 2, 2012 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Laree said...

I did something similar for my Mother-in-law for Mother's day. Only I used my Silhouette to cut out freezer paper and ironed it on to the rug (that very same $6 Home Depot one!) and then just used spray paint to get the color on. But I agree - it's an awesome project!

January 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger lauren@warmandfuzzy said...

Love this....i really need to try something like this on my silhouette...thanks for the inspiration :)

January 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Kim@todayismysome-day said...

I must get to Home depot and get one of those $6 rugs and get my stencil on! I've done indoor rugs with great success using stencils I cut with my Silhouette. I just used double stick tape to keep my stencil in place, but with an out door mat, I see it would be tricky.

January 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Missy McShurkel said...

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January 3, 2012 at 1:28 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

Love the Mat, just got a Silhouette and can't wait to start using it. I'm a blogger newbie and was wondering if you could tell me how you get your blog name to appear on your pictures, I've been trying to figure it out and just can't, any advise would help.

January 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

I love this mat. I wish I had a Silhouette. They are awesome. Too bad I missed your giveaway.

January 4, 2012 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger hejo said...

Did you have to use a specific type of paint?

January 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger April said...

Do you have any idea what font your "welcome" is? I'd love to make my own stencil!

March 22, 2012 at 12:05 AM  

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