You guys might not know this, but I actually really like being crafty & DIY-y (<–technical term). I have refinished loads of furniture, made my own wood signs, shelves, and wall art. The thing is I always get so caught up in the creative process, I always forget to document any of.
I usually get all my supplies set out, take one picture, and then BAM, by the time I think to take another picture it’s all completely done. I’ve made it a mission of mine to be better about documenting my DIY projects so I can share them with ya’ll.
During the off season, my husband and I spend a lot of time at my family’s cabin. It’s out in the country and on a farm so I always have tons of space, scrap wood, and other supplies to get crafty with. During the season my situation is the complete opposite. We live in an apartment and I have zero supplies, so I’m limited with how adventurous I can get in the crafting department.
This is a super simple, super cheap DIY project that literally anyone can do.
- plain welcome mat (I got mine at Target)
- letter stencils
- spray paint (I used outdoor quality black)
- drop cloth
I originally planned to just tape the stencil lettering to the mat. Well it turns out the dinky scotch tape I had didn’t stick to the mat whatsoever (go figure). So I had to improvise.
If you have anything heavier that you wouldn’t mind getting spray paint on I’d recommend using that to weigh down the stenciled letters. Landscaping rocks would have been perfect in this situation. I didn’t have any because: apartment living. So this was a bit tricky for me.
I did the spray painting in two batches because I didn’t have enough O’s to do it all at once.
The right side looked a little bare to me so I made my own little stencil of a paw print and added it to the top right. I love the little bit of balance it gives it.
If you wanted to add more paw prints, or even center the text you definitely could. I liked the left justified look and was a little worried more paw prints would make it too busy given the size of my text.
There it is! The finished product, and my little Lyla Bear helping me show it off. The entire thing was super easy and cheap!
I mean, tell me you wouldn’t want to immediately run into a house with a welcome mat like this?! I know I would!
You could, of course, make your mat with any saying your heart desires. I saw this same saying online, but instead of dogs it said cats. Some other catchy welcome mat sayings I found online:
I hope you brought wine
You better have tacos/You better have pizza
The neighbors have better stuff
There’s, like, a bunch of dogs in here
now tell me…