Are you one of those people who leaves their Christmas tree up past the New Year’s? It’s ok if you are. Totally ok. Because up until Monday (February 20th) my house had been sporting a Halloween-themed door mat on the front porch.
So, just to be clear, the Halloween mat made it through Christmas, New Year’s AND Valentine’s day. Yep.
Now, I’m not trash talking the Halloween mat. It was pretty sweet. The only problem with it was it was a little too… uh… seasonally specific. I was clearly in need of an update. I decided to do something with a nod to lyrics, sort of like this project. Here’s what I did to create my door mat:
1. Supplies needed: a plain mat (I got mine from Bed, Bath & Beyond), fabric (I used burlap), fabric glue, scissors, yarn (I had planned to use black but then changed my mind to red half way through the project-I’m an indecisive dork), and a tapestry needle. I tried to use materials and colors that would hold up against door-mat-weathering. As in, I knew this project would be getting stepped on a bunch so I wanted it to hold up for a while. 2. Cut out your design, mine are hearts. 3. Use a small amount of fabric glue to adhere your design to the mat (let dry according to your glue brand’s directions). 4. Hand stitch on the rest of your design, I did lyrics and messy stitching design on the hearts.
I do like my new mat. If I were doing the project over I would probably choose a slightly more simple stitching technique for the hearts, as it turned out a little more chaotic looking than I had envisioned. So if you are planning to do a similar project that might be something to consider.
But hey man, it’s a door mat. It’s all good.
Thanks for letting me share project #9 of my 2012 craft challenge. xo. Emma