A Stenciled Floor Mat is an easy way to use a dollar store item and add a little spring to your decor. Use a stencil and paint for this simple idea.
Stenciled Floor Mat
I bought this simple mat at Dollar Tree last year with the intention of using it for a holiday craft. That didn’t happen, so it was still in my craft stash, waiting for its turn!
Deciding on just what to do with it might have taken me longer than actually doing it! I finally decided to make it a spring craft, so I searched through my stencils. I found a cute bird and flower stencil.
Since the mat has ridges on it, I knew that the paint wouldn’t look very smooth, but since I only paid $1.00 for the mat, I was okay with that. I chose a couple of DecoArt paints and some spouncers from my paint supply bins.
To keep the stencil in place while I painted, I sprayed the back of it lightly with spray adhesive.
Since the texture of the mat is rough, some of the paint went on in splotches. The small dot from the stencil were especially not good. After I removed the stencil, I used the spouncer to make them a little bigger. It’s still not great, but since this is a floor mat, I was okay with it. The painted bird is much better than the branches.
To protect the paint, I added DecoArt DuraClear Varnish. I know that this mat isn’t likely to hold up too well over time, but it’s a fun and very cheap addition to my spring decor.
The stenciled mat is being used just inside the door that leads onto our deck from our sun room.
After I finished the bird stencil, I decided to add a few flowers to the bottom of the mat. I found a small flower stencil in my craft stash, to use.
I wouldn't use this for high traffic areas in our home, but as a decorative piece near a not often used door, it works great. Plus, it was so inexpensive that when it shows wear, I can easily make another that will go with other seasonal decor.