Here’s the problem. Well, there are three. The first problem is I have two white carpets in my apartment. The second problem is that people do not take off their shoes and as a friend and I discussed, we don’t want to one of those people who say: can you please take off you shoes?
The third problem is that I was seeing these super whimsical, welcome mats with cute phrases like: Sup or Y’all or the Neighbors Have Better Stuff. I considered getting one and then saw the prices.
Here is the thing with DIY projects. Sometimes it is totally worth to buy the product and not DIY yourself. Maybe you don’t have any of the supplies. Maybe you don’t enjoy it and the annoyance feels like currency. The price of a DIY project is different for everyone so no one should get down on themselves. For this one, I decided to DIY. And a after a Chicago winter, it’s still completely intact.
I bought the same type of mat I’d been seeing and the thickest sharpie paint pen they make. The important thing to note it that this sharpie is OIL based paint because when people (or myself) wipe their (or my) winter boots on it, you don’t want the water to smudge or ruin your creation. Next pick your saying. I won’t lie: I like to be original. Plus, remember problems one and two up there? I settled on: Lose the Shoes. I hope it is a polite and funny way of saying, no really, please take off your shoes.
Here is How to Make Your Own Cool Welcome Mat on the Cheap:
Next, press the oil based paint pen down so it bleeds and thickens each letter until the letters are the thickness you would like.
This ended up being much easier than expected. Have you ever gotten in too deep with a DIY? My hand is raised. And also, how do you psychically tell people to take their shoes off without being that person who tells guests they have to? Thanks!