I have been in need of a new welcome mat for quite awhile. The one that has been on my front porch was a sad little thing–a remnant of carpet from when we first moved into our house almost four years ago. When I received a Silhouette fabric ink starter kit to try out, I considered it providence, and knew just what I needed wanted to do.
I wanted to use the word welcome, along with the definition below, and I used my Silhouette to cut out the stencil vinyl provided in my starter kit. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–you don’t have to have a Silhouette to do this project. You can use other stencils, or even make your own, and I’ve done that many times before.
I started to apply the stencil to the rug, but I had to make a couple adjustments. It had nothing to do with the Silhouette product, it was because the rug I chose was SO rough. It was hard and stiff (probably not the “fabric” they’re talking about, lol), so the stencil didn’t stick to it very well, but I was determined. The combination of all the small letters and the texture of the rug was not a good one, so I had to nix the definition part and just go with the word welcome. I ended up using duct tape to secure the stencil in place, and that worked really well. You might consider either choosing a different textured rug, OR use larger designs/text–nothing small.
I really love the end result, and it’s most definitely a huge improvement!
What a darling gift this would make! How about for a wedding, teacher, or housewarming gift? It’s an inexpensive and simple way to give something personalized. You could use a monogram, Mr. & Mrs. (WAY cute for a wedding gift), a teacher’s name, and more.