Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Door Mat - Cheap and Easy

My entry is a small square of a space. I've needed a door mat forever - okay for a year, but still. It's a little funny when people come in and clearly want to wipe their feet, but aren't sure what to do since I had nothing.

A square space called for a square mat. So I bought four bamboo placemats.
I laid them out in a square like so, (good side down):

And used duct tape to attach them.
Then I had to address the hole in the center. I took a scrap of fabric leftover from a pillow and duct taped it in the center.

It looked fine as it was.

But I decided I wanted to have a little more of the green color and so I took more scraps and cut them into thin strips. I folded them in half and taped them around the edges.

It gives it a little something extra. 

Now I should be taping or gluing on some of this:
it's rubbery drawer/shelf liner. I haven't done that yet because I can't find where I stashed it. So it's currently a slip hazard, but hey, it looks nice. :)

You may be saying, but Jen, how will this possibly hold up? Very well actually. I made one of these years ago and it lasted for three years. And it was getting a bit worn by then but, I only stopped using it when I moved into an apartment in which it was just the wrong shape and size for. And considering I only spent $6 on materials, even if i had to redo sooner than that, it is still worth it to me.

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  1. This has given me some inspiration...I have been struggling to find some rugs for our foyer. It has an odd shape and the standard rug sizes don't fit quite right, since I need two smaller rugs. I'll look around for some placemats and give this a try!

  2. Awesome, Jennifer. I'm glad I gave you some inspiration. I find it hard to find door mats that fit odd spaces, unless you can (or want to) pay for more expensive ones, but even then there seems to be this one size fits all mentality to door mats. Good luck with your project!

  3. Hi Jen! Just stopping by to say I love your blog, your ideas, and your fun writing style. I'll be following along :)

  4. I am your newest follower. I think this is a great idea.

  5. This is so great! You could do this anywhere, hmmmmm got me thinkin'

  6. So cute!! I have been looking for a similar rug and this is just perfect!!

  7. Love this idea. The mat looks great. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I love this! How perfect! And I love that it didn't cost a fortune yet it looks like it did. Great job!!!


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