Ahh Springtime… the flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing and the crafters are making door mats!

I decided to try my hand at making a door mat. I knew it would come with some challenges due to the unique rough texture of a door mat, and as you can see in the video above, I had a huge fail right in the beginning. No worries though! I tested it out so that you don’t have to 🙂

Materials Needed for this Project:
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First Attempt (FAIL)

At first I cut a stencil with my Cricut Explore Air 2 and some Oramask Stencil Vinyl (by the way, I also own a Silhouette Cameo 3 – both are amazing machines!). I knew it would be hard to stick but I thought I could make it work if I just skipped the transfer tape. My plan was to try and pull of the stencil vinyl one piece at a time and stick each piece on separately. Well… don’t try that because it was a huge fail! The piece was way too big to handle in that way. I knew transfer tape wouldn’t work because I have a hard enough time transferring my stencils over to a hard surface like wood, and this surface would be impossible to stick to… so I had to find another method.

Second Attempt (SUCCESS!)

I decided to go back to my Cricut Explore Air 2 and use my light grip mat to cut some card stock. You need a light grip mat to cut card stock because otherwise the card stock will rip and it will be tough to get it off of the standard grip mat. Whether you use a Cricut or Silhouette – you need a light grip mat to cut more delicate materials like card stock.
Anyhow, I cut the stencil into two separate halves (two 12×12 sheets) and then placed everything on the door mat carefully and secured it with some push pins and painter’s tape. The reason this project is so challenging is because the bristles of the door mat are rough and don’t allow anything to stick to it, which makes it hard to use any kind of stencil. I’ve read some people have recommended using a spray adhesive to help the card stock stick to the mat. I attempted this on a small piece but the spray adhesive did nothing for me.
Placing the card stick seemed to work with some patience, painter’s tape and and some thumb tacks in areas where I couldn’t use tape (like the inside of the “B” or “l”. The thumb tacks didn’t really stay secure but it was enough to get me through the project.
I then used a stencil brush to apply acrylic paint one section at a time. I used an up-and-down dabbing motion to slowly work the paint into the fibers of the door mat. This up-and-down motion is key. It took much longer to do it this way but it paid off in the end. You can also use spray paint for the door mat. Just make sure you cover
What a cute project this turned out to be! And it was fairly simple after I scrapped my initial plan and went with the card stock.
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I am a Christian wife, mom of 3 young boys, entrepreneur, website designer, digital marketer, tech nerd, maker of crafts, and drinker of tea. I have worked from home for 11+ years, and, ironically, my favorite television show is "The Office."

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