As I stared at my raggedy-looking doormat a couple months ago, I realized that it was time for a change. A welcome mat is the first thing to greet you and your guests when you walk in the door—which is all the more reason why a welcome mat should represent you! All who enter your secret lair should know what to expect, no? So when my friends at DweebCast asked me to do another DIY episode, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. (Check out the video above to see the mat we made for the DweebCast HQ!)
For my personal Dweeby Welcome Mat, I wanted to display a geeky saying or word on it. I decided on using the word, “chowbaso”. Because what better way to welcome my guests than by saying it in Huttese?! The only thing better would be if when you stepped on the mat, Jabba’s voice greeted you. Guess that’ll be a project for another day! In the meantime, here’s how to make your own Dweeby Welcome Mat!
What You’ll Need:
- Coir Door Mat
- Large Stencils
- Outdoor Spray Paint
- Painter’s Tape
- Newspaper or Paper Bags
- Straight Pins
STEP 1: BUY YOUR DOORMAT
When selecting your doormat, I recommend finding one that has short, coarse fibers. A coir mat is best since the paint adheres to it well and it will also wear better over time.
I found this coir mat at IKEA for only $9.99!
STEP 2: SELECT YOUR STENCILS
Most craft stores offer a good selection of stencils or you can make your own. You want your geeky word or quote to take up space on the mat, so try to use stencils that are on the larger side. I found these large paper stencils at Michaels.
STEP 3: ARRANGE YOUR STENCILS ON THE WELCOME MAT
Once your area is prepped for spray painting, begin arranging the stencils on the mat. Use painter’s tape to attach the stencils together. This will keep the stencil aligned.
Use straight pins to secure the stencils onto the mat.
Then cover the rest of your mat with newspaper or paper bags.
STEP 4: SPRAY PAINT MAT
When selecting your spray paint, you’ll need to find an indoor/outdoor paint. I chose black spray paint since the color hides dirt well.
Now, spray paint the stencil by moving the can in a sweeping motion a few inches away from the welcome mat. You’ll need to paint a few coats to get the right amount of coverage. Wait a few minutes in between coats, then allow the paint to dry for at least 24 hours.
STEP 5: CREATE BORDER
Once the paint is dry, remove your stencil. You can leave the design as is or you can use painter’s tape (or masking tape) to create a border around your design! Measure each of the sides with a ruler, to make sure the border is even all around.
STEP 6: SPRAY PAINT BORDER
Cover the areas you want protected, then spray paint the exposed area of the border.
STEP 7: REMOVE PAINTER’S TAPE
After all the paint is dry, remove the painter’s tape and protective covering.
Now your Dweeby Welcome Mat is now done! Bounty hunters, beware.
Happy crafting! ٩(^ᴗ^)۶