We couldn’t decide between a few different geek welcome mat ideas, so we’re making ’em all.
Well, we’re making four – one for each of the front and back doors, and one for the two garage entrances (weird old house, lots of doors for a tiny place). We started with Star Trek and Legend of Zelda, and will probably have Breaking Bad and some kind of zombie themed door mats coming soon. Or maybe Doctor Who and Portal. Decisions are hard.
To make the first two, we started with ONE large door mat, purchased for $9 or so from IKEA. It seemed HUGE for our small porch, so we cut it in half, which makes it about the size of a standard smaller door mat. Here’s a little collage of the process to make the Star Trek mat.
Step 1: We printed out a Star Trek emblem. We wanted it big, so printed it across two sheets of paper.
Step 2: We traced the image onto clear contact paper, thinking it would just easily stick to the mat. Not so. We still had to…
[Step 3] pin it down.
Step 4: Spray paint! Then peel the emblem off. At first we were going to leave it plain like the picture above (subtle geek?), but decided that it needed the full symbol. To make the middle section we just traced that part of the symbol on more contact paper and re-did the steps.
Here it is! This one lives at our back door, since our front door is already red. It’s been there for about a week (if you follow us on Instagram you saw the real-time on when we made it), and so far still looks like new.
Next up we started the Legend of Zelda welcome mat. We wanted to try a different process here, so instead of spray painting we just used regular acrylic craft paint and a sponge brush. Basically the exact same technique we used on our Legend of Zelda DIY laptop desk. The Triforce stencil is hand-drawn on a piece of cardboard, and cut out.
The picture above is after one light coat. We went over it again just to touch up. Super easy.
Here it is at the front door. For some reason we could NOT get good pictures of these mats, so will try again at some point and maybe update the post.
What do you think? Any suggestions on what we should make for the other two geeky welcome mats? TARDIS? Companion cube? Zombies? Tread Lightly? Something else?