Monday, July 16, 2012

DIY Stone Welcome Mat

Hello my friends... I did this project for a little guest post over at Olga's Stardust - Decor & Style and I thought I'd share it here in case you didn't see it.  I GOT WOUNDS FROM THIS PROJECT, YOU'D BETTER BELIEVE YOU NEED TO SEE IT.

This welcome mat project starts with a little wood, some shelf liner and some river rocks.  How much of those things depends on how big you would like your mat... I made mine EXTREMELY BIG, which I regretted halfway through.  Now that it's done, I love it!

Grab some shelf liner and river rocks.

Cut your wood and shelf liner to the size you want your mat.

Use some hot glue to attach the shelf liner to the wood (you'll be gluing a lot for this project, so just a little to hold the mat in place will be fine.).

You are ready to start gluing your rocks down.  Dump out your river rocks and put them together on the mat, sort of like a puzzle.

Start gluing the bottoms of the rocks to the shelf liner.  Press down so the glue hits the wood beneath!  I started at a corner and worked my way around...

Glue them tightly together... look at them, all packed in there together.  They're best friends, I tell you.  I must warn you to be careful with your glue gun.  When you're gluing the little rocks, they might fall from your hands.  Your instinct will be to grab the falling rock.  Don't.

Glue wounds.

Once you're done, trim the edges of the mat, if there are any left over.

You are finished!

This was definitely a labor of love... I hope you make one!

Thrifty Crafty Girl
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  1. What a beautiful job you've done on this mat. I'm sure it was worth the glue wounds. :) It's awesome. Megan

  2. You have some patience!!! But it paid off, looks great!

    Karen in UK

  3. Wow, that looks great! Can totally sympathise with the glue gun wounds, I can't use mine without at least one burn.


  4. Owie!!! Just look at the pains you go to to make nice things for the family. I think you deserve a raise. :-)

  5. This is great! So sorry about your boo-boos, hot glue and I don't get along very well either.

  6. I'm featuring this at my blog today! Come stop by, say hello, and grab a button!

  7. You rock! I love this project. I am still not on speaking terms with my glue gun, or I would definitely try this myself. Job well done. It was worth your wounds :)

  8. That is beautiful! Wouldn't it look great at a cabin? (That is, if I had a cabin.)

  9. I L O V E this you always make it so simple to follow...this is to of my favorite things I L O V E rocks and have so many and well...WELCOME is such a friendly thing :)) Great job I want one hmm I just might have everything but enough glue sticks going to check THANKS!!

  10. Wow, that looks so great! Nice job! Liz

  11. this is fantastic! i've never even considered a project like that before. please link up at Pin Inspiration Thursday!

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  13. Thanks for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional Link Party. You've been featured! Congrats!

  14. Ever think of turning them into patio table runners to use to set your plates on for dining? White stone runners look amazing - just make sure the rocks are smooth edges.

  15. Just wonderin how you would attempt to clean something like this? Shake it out? Oh I kid I kid! You think lots of dirt gets trapped in there? Love your site!!


  16. I did something similar for my fish tank (smaller of course) next time use silicone sealant instead of hot glue. Just smear it all over thickly, dump rocks on to the mat, and push rocks down into silicone. It will be faster and injury free.

    1. Not sure if you will see this bit I love the idea for a fish tank. What did you use as a base?

  17. I did something similar for my aquarium (smaller of course). Next time use silicone sealant. Smear the silicone on liberally and smash the rocks in. Faster and injury free.

  18. wowza! i was looking for ways to turn river rocks into a back-splash for my new kitchen...and voila! genius idea to use the shelf liner for the backing! thank you thank you thank you!

  19. I love the idea for an aquarium. What did you use as a base? Sorry if this posts twice. Had username issues

  20. This is so cute, but how long does it last before the rock start popping off? I want to make one, but I don't want to be sad.


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