Are you looking for a festive way to welcome your guests this holiday season? If so, then I have a super easy project for you, just in time for the holidays!
Creating these festive mats reminded me of how I used to paint carpet mats years ago. I sold them at craft stores and craft fairs and even took special orders for them.
At the time, I would buy discontinued carpet samples from a local carpet store for about a $1.00 a piece. I’m happy to say, my profit margin was fantastic on these painted mats, and they were hot sellers!
So this year, I decided to make them again to use in my own home. It brought back a lot of memories when I was painting these festive mats!
The supply list:
- Carpet mat of your choosing – low pile, works best (this is what Ikea has now for a couple of dollars each)
- Craft paint – color of our choice
- Small stiff paint brush
- Tape measure or yardstick
- Painters’ tape
- Small container for your paint
- Sketch or printout of lettering (pick an easy to replicate font)
Carpet mats like this can be picked up just about anywhere and usually aren’t expensive. Plus the variety of colors is pretty much endless! I checked the Ikea website, and they have a similar rug available now, but I didn’t see the one like I got this summer.
Let’s Get Started
First, find the center of the mat and mark it with a tiny piece of tape. Then decide how tall you want your letters to be. Next, apply tape at the top and bottom of where your lettering will be.
Likewise, on your sketch or printout, find the center of the lettering. DON’T skip this step…otherwise, your lettering may be off center!
Since the word JOY only has three letters, I started with the J for this one. The other two, I started in the middle of the word.
I dare say, your options for paint color and words for your festive mat are extensive! I opted to reflect the season in 3 words, JOY, MERRY, and JINGLE!
What’s more, I love the color red and have accents of it throughout my home so for me the decision was easy. Not to mention, red is indeed a festive color! In my opinion, the contrast of the red paint against the white mat is quite pretty.
It’s Easy to Make it Festive!
If you are concerned about keeping the word centered, it is best to start in the middle and work your way out, one letter at a time in both directions. That way you will be less likely get a little lopsided. Can you tell I’m a stickler for centering things!? 😉
You can also mark the width of each letter on the painters’ tape, so you don’t make them too narrow or too broad.
Don’t overload your brush with paint as you don’t want to glop it on the mat. It’s best to layer it on a little at a time. Plus it will allow you to achieve more defined lines for your letters.
Of course, you will want to be cautious, so you don’t smear the letters you’ve already painted on your mat. I found that a longer handled paintbrush is helpful to avoid this.
Once you have your word painted on the mat then carefully remove the tape to see your gorgeous hand-lettered word!
Set your mat aside to dry where little ones or pets can’t walk on it and smear it. Once dry, your hand-painted beauty is ready to join your other festive holiday decor!
I hung mine over my banister to dry, because as you can see two of my furries were waiting to walk on them! 🙂
I couldn’t be more pleased with how these came out! Since the mats are machine washable, and the craft paint is permanent, these festive mats are easy to clean!
Furthermore, the non-skid backing makes them perfect to put by the doors and in front of my kitchen sink.
There are so many uses for these mats. They could easily be adapted for any holiday or simply just as a welcome mat!
In fact, when I made these years ago, many of them were personalized with names! That, in turn, makes them wonderful to give as gifts!
I love giving handmade gifts. It’s always a joy to make someone feel special by creating something just for them!
If you want to save this project for later, be sure to pin one of these two images to a board on Pinterest!
Do you have someone on your gift list that might like a hand painted, festive mat? Honestly, these are super easy to make and only take about 30 minutes to complete!
If you missed my last post, Creating With Sheet Metal and you are looking for additional unique gift ideas this post is for you!
So what’s next on the blog?
I will be sharing An Old-Fashioned Christmas with you! Then a bit later in the season I will show you how to make some easy and inexpensive Christmas ornaments and decorations. Since Mr. Man and I have the tree farm now, I’ve got LOTS of pine cones to create with, so I hope you will join me then!
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