A few weeks ago I was on the hunt for a new welcome mat for my apartment. I wanted to find a mat that 1. celebrated my love of Disney, 2. could withstand some wear-and-tear, and 3. was affordable. I searched high and low online to find something that was just what I was looking for, but came up empty. Don’t get me wrong, there are some beautiful Disney-inspired welcome mats out there, but they were way out of my price range, coming in at $50-$100 each (eek!), and weren’t exactly what I was looking for.
I decided that with a little bit of creativity and elbow grease I could put together a Disney welcome mat for a less than half the price that was exactly what I wanted – and I did! All of the supplies, most of which can be used to create more than one mat, came to a total of $15-$21, depending on where you purchase the mat from.
Below is a step-by-step outline of how you can bring home a little Disney magic through a $15 welcome mat.
Step 1: Pick your design
This was the hardest part for me because there are some many cute, quirky, and fun ways that you can bring home the Disney magic through a DIY welcome mat! I decided that I would make one that I could put out for the Holiday season and landed on a Big Hero 6 Baymax inspired design that I had created for a Holiday card.
Step 2: Create an outline
Once you’ve selected your design, lay the mat out on a flat surface. Begin drawing your design with the paint and paint brush directly on the mat. You will notice that the paint will go on very light. Use this to create a guide for yourself.
HINT: Not the best artist? Find a design online that you love and print it out to use as a stencil. Measure the size of the mat and select that size in printer properties. Several pieces of paper will print out that you can tape together. Cut out the portion of the design that you want on the mat. Place the stencil on the mat to use as a guide.
Step 3: Pound it
In order to make the design darker and thicker, apply a generous amount of paint to your brush. Instead of “brushing” against the surface, pound the brush against the mat, hitting the base of the rug. Continue to do this on all guidelines until design is complete.
Step 4: Let it dry
Let the mat dry for a minimum of 12 hours before placing it outside to enjoy!
Looking for a design for inspiration? Got you covered – HERE
Make sure you share your mats on Instagram and tag @karmankismet so I can see how you brought the magic home!
Here’s another mat I’ve made, plus some Disney Wall inspired pumpkins!