Monday, April 14, 2014

{DIY} Welcome Mat for Spring

Welcome to Monday! Not sure if I am ready for the day, but ready or not it's here! I hope you had a nice weekend. It was in the 80's here and I so enjoyed spending time outside. I did get my front porch spruced up for sitting and entertaining this spring/summer. I can't wait to show you. I should have some pictures up on Wednesday!

While sprucing up the front porch I noticed that my welcome mat was plain and boring. I wanted to do something to make a small statement as guests arrived at our front door. I came across this Etsy site and knew immediately that I wanted to recreate one of these mats for myself. Originally I wanted to write "Welcome Ya'll" or "Hey Ya'll" but the Hubs wasn't going for those. So I decided on something very simple:



We have been joking all weekend and saying "Hi" really quick to each other and laughing. We have to entertain ourselves somehow people! 

1. First, I used my Silhouette to cut out 4" letters onto white Cardstock. (You could just print some fun letters and trace them onto a heavy paper.)



2. Then I punched the letters out and placed the stencil on the lower left corner of my welcome mat.



3. I used a thicker bristled brush to help get the paint to soak down into the mat.



4. I also made sure to use a little painter's tape at the corners so the stencil wouldn't slide while painting. Then I waited for an hour or so until the paint dried. 


You can see in the above picture that I used a sample of Valspar paint that I had on hand. It is a fun limey green color, but reads almost yellow in some of my pictures.







I love the small update. It isn't too bold and crazy....just a little somethin to add some fun to our porch!

How about you! What were you up to this weekend? Any outside work or fun DIY's that I must know about?

Linked up at: Thrifty Decor Chick

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    1. It was so easy and fun! You must give it a try!

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  2. i don't know how you do it, amy. always such fresh ideas that come together so easily! love the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks sweet friend! Wish you lived closer so we could DIY together!

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    2. me too!

      p.s. i LOVE that you and john kept saying "hi" to each other - you guys crack me up!

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    3. Ha! Yes I am sure you can imagine us saying that to each other. We are dorks...what can I say! hehe

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