Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hexagon Stenciled Mat: a tutorial


I'll start out by saying I'm not 100% thrilled with how this project turned out. I had a much different vision in my head when I browsed the doormat section at Hobby Lobby and envisioned tessellating hexagons. I ran into some issues when the contact paper didn't adhere to the doormat quite as well as I had hoped. This led to some paint seepage in the stencil. Nonetheless, I thought I'd still share this project with you. I really do think it's a fun project, just one of those that fell short of expectations. I'll just provide you with some first-hand tips so that your rug may turn out a little nicer than mine.  

Next time I'll use an indoor rug with a less textured finish. I think the rough, textured nature of an outdoor mat doesn't isn't exactly ideal for this project. I would also go with a different color scheme next time. My mat turned out a little too 4th-of-July-esque for my taste. I was looking for more of an orange-red, but it was slim pickings at Hobby Lobby. 

And it should be noted that you could use any shape for this project...squares, triangles, hearts, circles... I think they'd all provide a nice pattern. I found my hexagon shape here, printed it and transferred it to cardstock so that it would be easier to trace over and over. 


Materials:

Doormat
Heavy Contact Paper
Spray Paint
X-acto Knife
Marker
Hexagon Stencil


Most doormats are blank on the underside. I used this as my empty canvas. 


Mark the ends of the mat on a section of contact paper. Cut the contact paper so that there are several extra inches on either side of the mat. 

It helps to go ahead and continue the mark across the full width of paper. That way you know where to stop the design. 


Start tracing your shape, leaving at least 1/2" in between (I think I might do as much as 1" next time for better adhesion). You might also find it helpful to use a ruler to keep your shapes as straight as possible. 



Move over to a cutting mat (an old magazine on a hard surface would work too) and start cutting the shapes out. I chose to leave some shapes uncut for variation in my pattern. 



This part is a bit tricky. You'll need to slowly remove the paper backing and adhere the contact paper to the mat. Masking tape helped me to keep the paper on securely.


Paint carefully with the spray paint facing downward towards the rug. You may notice where my red ran over the blue in some areas. More of that imperfection I was telling you about. 

Give the paint a little time to dry and remove the contact paper. 


So not exactly what I had in mind...but still a pretty cool addition to my doorstep. 



It compliments my recently acquired pumpkin collection quite nicely. 


By the way I saw the idea for "drilling" holes in pumpkins here (via Martha Stewart). I actually used a cork screw and it worked perfectly! It really looks lovely when all lit up. 




Questions? Let me know (:
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15 comments:

Mel said...

Awesome!!! And I love the pumpkin idea.

kajed said...

This looks awesome!

I haven't used freezer paper before, but have seen others use them for stencilling things; would that stick to the mat a little better?

Helen B. @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog said...

This looks so unique! I love it!

Helen
Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

Rebecca @ Herons Crafts said...

This looks great! Although I certainly don;t envy you having to try and keep that contact paper straight and not sticking to each other!
Have a great day
Rebecca
Heronscrafts.blogspot.com

Veva said...

It looks great!

kisses

My white idea

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

aw! what a cute little front door area :)

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

I LOVED how it turned out and would LOVE to try this, on heavy duty floor mat even! And cool that Martha had the same idea as you!!! Cork screw, genius and easy!

Katy said...

Kajed,
Freezer paper would work great for fabric, but I'm not sure about this kind of mat. An indoor rug maybe. I'd love to see what this design would look like on fabric. Hmm maybe another day (:

Sarina La Torre said...

This is a great idea and it came out great! Sometimes unintentional changes can enhance a project like this!

Miss Sultana said...

love this! and i love the pumpkins with the holes. i will def try that this year

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Mark said...

I think it looks awesome!!!

kimber said...

I think it looks great! Plus, I love how you come up with DIYs. So unique. loved it!! I'm definitely going to try it.

Ama Ryllis said...

Very nice, like the colors

Rae said...

How has this mat held up so far? I want to paint one, but my husband has me convinced it would get ruined pretty quickly.

Your's is pretty cute and love the hexagon shapes!

Thanks!

Nadia Bhuptani said...

Amazing! Thank you for this, we absolutely love this DIY!

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