Friday, April 12, 2013

Weekend project: Fruit welcome mats

We're slowly making our new apartment into a home inch by inch. We just barely got a bed last week after sleeping on a mattress on the ground for the past 4 months! On one of my Ikea runs I picked up a circular welcome mat that I thought would be fun to turn into something and yesterday I got it--FRUIT! Plus, once you cut it in half, you get two mats for the price of one. Score.  It's so easy and would make a great weekend project. One of my all-time favorite purchases from Anthropologie was a welcome mat in this semi-circle shape that had a lovely pattern on it. I knew I didn't want to make it so complicated so this fruit version is a simpler idea.



Materials: circle rug from Ikea ($20!), spray paint (white and yellow for lemon & red, black, white, green for watermelon. I used gloss because it turned out to be stronger than the satin), sturdy scissors, kraft paper or any other paper that's wide enough to cover the mat, x-acto, plastic sheet for protecting the ground, coins to use as weights, ruler, Sharpie

For the watermelon mat
Step 1: Fold your mat in half and mark it on either side with a Sharpie to reference as the mid point. Make sure your line goes with the grain of the rug.
Step 2: Create a line down the middle with your ruler
Step 3: Cut down the center. If you've made your mark with the grain it's a lot easier to cut.
Step 4: Spray paint the rugs white to act as the base color.
Step 5: With your paper, trace the outline of the rug and cut it out. This will act as your stencil.
Step 6: For the watermelon: Cut two rings out along outer the edge about 1" for the outermost and 3/4" for the inner. 
Step 7: Cover the middle part of the watermelon.
Step 8:  Leave the innermost ring on and cover with coins to hold it down. 
Step 9: Spray the outermost part green.
Step 10: Once it's dry, cover with the ring again.
Step 11: Take off the center covering and spray it red. Keep going back and forth. I sprayed mine quite thoroughly and came back to it after 10 minutes.
Step 12: I let mine dry overnight. The next morning I covered the middle section back up again and traced where I wanted my watermelon seeds. 
Step 13: Cut out the seeds with your xacto.
Step 14: Replace the stencil and hold down with coins. Spray with black. Let it sit until dry.
For the lemon mat: 
Step 1: Repeat the same beginning steps as the watermelon, but after spraying it with white and letting it dry, spray it with lemon. The white will help the yellow color come out more.
Step 2: Cover the outer rings with your stencil from the watermelon and hold down with coins. 
Step 3: Make your inside stencil by creating the shapes of the inside of the lemon with a sharpie and cut out the pieces. Secure with coins.
Step 4: Spray paint it white and let it dry.

DONE! I'm finally glad I have a green door to nicely show off my new fruit mats. 

25 comments:

Brittni said...

This is so awesome Brittany. I am kicking myself for not coming up with this idea. Love the lemon mat especially. So cute.

Tiffanie said...

These are SO WELL DONE! I love them! I keep a fake green grass mat with a plastic daisy in the corner out as a place keeper until the day I finally find a mat I like. I LOVE these, will have to give it a go!

TinyToast said...

OMG this is the coolest DIY i have seen in a long while! love it! can't wait to try it

Kait said...

what a terrific idea! i adore the lemon one - and i love that the mat was so inexpensive. that ikea, such a gem sometimes

Ally Ebdon said...

These are really really great. I'm dying to paint our door yellow at the moment but we're currently in a place that won't let us but no one can say no to a cute fruit mat. That would just be mean...and silly.

Sophie German said...

What a cute idea now I see an ikea run in my future! (like I need an excuse to want one of those HAHA)

Giulia said...

so cute and funny! and its so well done looks store bought but still super unique:)

Lauren Bradshaw said...

This is so so great! So cheerful.

Ashley C said...

Love. I will definitely have to keep this idea in mind.

Ana Degenaar said...

I adore this but not as much as I adore your blog. So happy i stumbled upon this.

Lindsay said...

I loved seeing these on Instagram! The lemon one is adorable.

Mazzi said...

Such a great idea! Perfect for spring :) Thank you!

Mazzi said...

Such a great idea! Perfect for spring :) Thank you!

livewhatyoulovekris said...

Super cute! Love these!

Pippa said...

What a fabulous idea! Thank you.

Sharna said...

So cute! I found you through Pinterest and I'm an instant fan! Love your blog!

Sharna
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Eddie's Room said...

Wow I have to try this soon - trying to think of other fruit that would be cool too.
So are you living in Denmark now and who is Lars?

Eddie

Come over to Eddie's Room on Facebook for some crafty ideas and conversation. :-)

coco mats said...

I don't know anything about creating a mat..your explanation was very clear..Thanks for sharing..

Karen M. said...

My daughter saw this page and made me the watermelon mat for my birthday. It is super cute!!! Looks so great at the back door you don't want to wipe your feet on it!

Jane Trogdon said...

I think that you could take the whole rug and make a flower for spring!

Michelle Rafferty said...

I don't know if you have mentioned it but what is the best spray paint to use. I'm in the uk so names might be different

The House That Lars Built said...

I just used a typical spray paint from the hardware store. It might have been Rustoleum. I don't know if they have that over there?

Francesco Cijecam Bonini said...

Love them, love them! I made the watermelon mat for my sister this Christmas.... so cute that her neighbours want their slice of watermelon-doormat too! I used paint brush... pretty good. Thanks for the great idea!

Leticia·Ameise said...

I love them! I'll try to do it! :))

chris ethier said...

Love this! What is the texture like now? Is it alright for bare feet? Also do you think this project would be doable on a large scale? Thanks!