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I don’t know about you guys – but I love those fancy monogrammed coir rugs that you see in catalogs. 

Pottery Barn - $59.00

Ballard Designs – Medium - $45.00

I don’t like the price though.  So when I stumbled across this HUGE rug for $7.99 at Ikea a couple of weekends ago – I decided to see if I pull one off on my own!  Seriously – this thing is 24x36!  I love it! 


I decided that I would like to do a single letter with a border.  So I grabbed a great initial that I already had – the one off my fall wreath!  


I traced out the letter with a pencil onto some card stock and then cut it out with an razor cutter.


To make my border and tape off my stencil – I used duct tape.  Seemed to stick better than painters tape!  Here is a view of the start of the taping. 


Now I forgot to take a pic of it all taped up and ready to spray but here is a look at the final project.


I really like how it turned out!  For $8 bucks – I think it works perfectly!  I will say when you spray – make sure you spray as vertically down onto your stencil as possible.  That way you won’t get spray up under your stenciling. 

So this is actually the start of my holiday entry way.  I have a couple more projects up my sleeve to put it all together.  And never fear – there will be bling!!  :) 

So what about you – ever done anything similar?  Planning your own holiday entry way?  I wanna know all about it!  :)


Linking this to

Metamorphosis Monday with Susan from Between Naps on the Porch
Get Your Craft On with Kim @ Today's Creative Blog
Make it Yours Day with Carolyn from My Backyard Eden
Power of Paint Party with Maryann from Domestically Speaking
Show and Tell with Becca @ Blue Cricket Designs

9 frugal friends said ...

Sevenbeads said... @ November 21, 2010 at 7:50 PM

First of all, I love IKEA too! I really like how you personalized your mat. Looks terrific!

Anonymous said... @ November 21, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Cute! I like it in red instead of black too. I love IKEA wish there was one closer to me!


Erin said... @ November 21, 2010 at 7:58 PM

I have been wanting to do this, and by gosh, I have a large R, so thanks for showing me how!

The Inspired Nest said... @ November 21, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Very Cool! I have been wanting to try this but couldn't find a undecorated mat. Thanks for the tutorial! This is on my to do list!

Karen said... @ November 22, 2010 at 7:05 AM

Great idea and what a savings. These would make a nice holiday gift too. I lovvvve receiving gifts that are personalized, it shows that someone put real thought into the gift.

Atticmag said... @ November 22, 2010 at 7:28 AM

That's a great front-door mat. So festive.

Unknown said... @ November 22, 2010 at 7:48 AM

That is a really cute idea!

Vintage Inspired by Sofia said... @ November 23, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Do you think that if you traced the edges with a hot glue gun...then sprayed into the stencil...then peeled off the glue once dried that it would help prevent the bleeding edges?

You did an AMAZING job. I'm horrible at keeping the paint from going everywhere!


Anonymous said... @ November 24, 2010 at 1:22 AM

what an awesome idea!! I love it! Come link up to Ladybug Blessings Handmade Tuesday if you have a chance! www.ladybug-blessings.com

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