It’s been DIY free on Petit Elefant for far too long, so I’m here to show you a ‘DIY make a custom welcome mat’, alternately titled ‘I’m late to the bandwagon but I love geometric neon shapes for home decor in spite of my 80′s childhood’.
Let’s get our DIY on, shall we?
This is my front door, and if you look closely yes that IS a snowflake painted sisal welcome mat. I’m pretty sure I got it two years ago for Christmas. Yes, it has been gracing my front doorway all season long, every season since then. Which means maybe I should’ve just left it until the snow starts falling this year.
OR it’s time to spiff things up and do some DIY damage with spray paint. Spray paint is almost always the answer. Unless we’re talking about food, in which case, it’s ice cream. Always ice cream.
Supplies for DIY make a custom welcome mat:
- construction grade / color spray paint
- ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
- (not pictured) grey primer spray paint
- (not pictured) lawn sized garbage bag
- (not pictured) acrylic top coat spray paint to finish
Once you’ve got your favorite worn out snowflake / kitty Christmas / Valentine’s Day / Halloween sisal welcome mat, head outside for some fresh air (if working outside isn’t an option work near an open window or three). Secure a large garbage bag using whatever means necessary (I used 4 rocks) and set welcome mat on top.
Spray one coat of grey primer over entire top surface of the mat. This covers up the old logo / kitty parade / snowflakes while giving a good background color underneath the new colors.
Repeat again until entire can of primer is gone.
Let mat dry outside or near an open window for 24 hours or until completely dry.
Once the primer coat is completely dry (and not a minute before) tape off your favorite design (s) with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape. You’re basically creating your very own custom stencil with the tape. You can do whatever you’d like: an animal, shapes, your name, or the name of your favorite boy band. This I leave up to you.
How am I supposed to know if you like NSYNC or NKOTB?
Once you’ve taped off your design it’s time to start spray painting. (Just a quick FYI: tape doesn’t stick very well to sisal. I pushed the tape down as much as it would stick and then taped off the ends onto the garbage bag and concrete so it would stay put. Spray paint straight down so as not to bleed under the tape). I chose 3 neon colors because I like to get crazy once in a while, and even though I won’t wear neon clothes (only accessories) I think a well placed neon home accessory can really make a space pop.
Even if it’s the outside space right before you enter said home space.
If you are in fact painting sisal instead of some other welcome mat texture, don’t stress if it looks like the spray paint doesn’t look like it’s absorbing. I was really worried about the paint not sticking, staying, looking painted, but in the end each color turned out great. I sprayed every last ounce of each color, until the cans were completely dry.
So that’s an option.
But if you don’t want the color to look too concentrated spray one layer of each color and give it 24 hours to dry. Then repeat the process until you’re happy with the design + colors. The color dries way darker than you think it will.
Appreciate your mad new skills and your super hip DIY welcome mat.
Stay classy, San Diego.