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stenciled bonjour door mat Good Morning from Hong Kong!  I just arrived here about ten minutes ago after an uneventful (in a good way) flight.  It was 15 long hours, but I was really tired, so I slept through most of it. I wanted to share this lovely DIY doormat that I made this past weekend while I was trying to spiffy up our outdoor areas during the gorgeous weather we were having, but sometimes my best laid plans go awry. Did you notice that I spelled ‘Bonjour’ wrong on the rug. Seriously, Erin? Of course I look at the rug all weekend and don’t even notice until I’m on a plane above the pacific ocean.  As they’d say in Hong Kong, “aiya”… which means something like, “oh geez”. bonjour doormat DIY Anyway, the photos turned out so pretty and I thought I’d still show you all my step by step, then I’ll whip myself up a new rug once I’m home.  For the full tutorial and material list, Keep on reading!  Materials:

  • Plain Coir Doormat (mines from Ikea for $9)
  • Contact Paper
  • Computer Paper
  • Permanent Marker
  • Craft Knife
  • Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Stiff Bristled Paint Brush

stenciled door mat materials DIY stenciled doormat step 2 ONE print the ‘bonjour’ letters onto computer paper.  Here is a template to use! Then, roughly cut around the type. TWO cut off a piece of contact paper that is a little smaller than your purchased mat. stenciled doormat step 1 stenciled doormat step 3 THREE Lay the cut-out letters onto your contact paper and trace around with a marker. FOUR Using your craft knife, cut around the marker outline you just made. stenciled doormat step 4 stenciled doormat step 6 FIVE use the outside of the contact paper as your stencil.  I didn’t even remove the backing because it won’t really stick to the coir.  Just hold the contact paper very firmly in the area you’re painting and stipple in a downward motion (not side to side sweeping) with your brush using a fair amount of paint. stenciled door mat DIY The project wasn’t super easy, it’s a bit challenging, but the outcome (if you can spell properly) is totally worth it.  The entire time I was making this I thought, “this is going to be a disaster” but when I took off the contact paper stencil, it looked really good!  I was pleasantly surprised! You should totally give it a try!  The template for the ‘Bonjour’ is up in step #1, but you could always do your own design or word as well!

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  • Thus adorable, even with the misspelling. Love it. You have awesome calligraphy skills.

    • Lolololololo! I was looking at the spelling of the word, too and was confused and surprised at the same time!

  • Love this! So simple and elegant!! I wouldn’t want to step on it with my muddy shoes ha!

  • Oh I just love this!! I can’t wait to make something similar for my shore house! I’ll make sure to use spellcheck, because I struggle with spelling most words in the english language, let alone french!

  • Amazing!! I’m always so impressed with your DIY ideas :) Why did I not think of this?!

  • Even with the misspelling I love everything about this rug! I will be making this one for sure!

  • My goodness I am in love with this! Hope you’re have a wonderful trip!

  • This is so cute! I love the font you chose for it.

  • this is awesome! I love stenciled doormats, I have one at my apartment, but now that I know how to make my own I can’t wait to make one! thanks for sharing! what a great DIY project
    xo,
    Dana Kay
    http://danakay16.blogspot.com/

  • I love doormat projects! I made one for my best friend and her husband when they moved into their new house. It turns out it’s a GREAT new house gift. The paint with yours came out so much cleaner looking though so I will definitely have to try your method. And honestly, I bet very few people would even notice bonjour was spelled wrong!

    • Yup, it’s spelled incorrectly .. I kept trying to find the “u”, but .. it’s not there. Great idea, though .. And template it’s actually correctly spelled.. Oh well .. Thank you for the idea!

  • Oh, I will definitely make one of these. Absolutely love it. Thanks for sharing!

  • I have been thinking I need a new doormat for the past week and then I see this- yay! I always love your DIY’s. I’d been wondering what to use to make my own, so thanks :)
    Also, I did not even notice it was spelled wrong- I agree with the others, you could probably leave it and no one would notice!

  • Hello Erin, I love this project! I am definitely going to follow your tutorial, but I would like to write a different message in my native language (Italian). May I ask what font did you use exactly? I like it so much!
    Thank you 😀
    Eleonora

  • Too Cute!! I love how simple yet elegant this do it yourself mat is. (: I found my rug at Ikea, bought my acrylic paint, and am ready to create my own doormat. Thanks for yet again another great tutorial Erin!

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