DIY Project Idea: How to Customize a Plain Welcome Mat

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I was working on my own outdoor patio space recently and thought I would share an easy DIY project with you. I was looking for a small outdoor mat, but because of the high sun exposure all those beautiful patterned straw-like designer ones just don't hold up. I needed something basic and hardy, but unfortunately that usually equals boring and unattractive. So I decided to give this $10 mat from Walmart a friendly little makeover.

What you need:

• "hello" stencil (instructions below)
• outdoor mat of your choice
• cutting knife or blade
• spray paint in the color of your choice
• painters tape
• newspaper or scrap paper
• spray glue

Instructions:

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1. First you need to make the "hello" template. If you have a design program like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, then feel free to play around with choosing a font. If not, you can use this one (font: Sacramento) and just blow it up to the size you need. I suggest printing it out on a thicker paper if you have it, but regular paper will do if that's all you have. You'll have to print on a few pages and piece them together.

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2. Carefully cut out the stencil with your knife. Be sure to keep the middle parts in the letters "l", "e," and "o".

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3. Once you're done cutting out the stencil, spray the back with glue and place it where you want it on the mat.

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4. Then carefully stick in those middle pieces to complete the word.

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5. Cover any exposed area with newspaper or scrap paper.

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6. Then carefully give the word a coat of spray paint.

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7. Wait about 5-10 minutes and give it another coat of spray.

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8. Once it's dry, remove the stencil and voila! You have your super cute and welcoming outdoor mat.

(Image credits: Melissa DiRenzo)

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