I picked up this welcome mat at Lowes for $10. I saw an idea online (and of course I can't remember where) for a fun welcome mat design that sort of made me laugh. So I decided to make my own.
Update: I got this idea from Kim, who writes the blog Yellow Brick Home. You can find the original post here. Thank you, Penina, for helping me solve this mystery! I must have written this before I started Pinterest because I know I would have pinned it. Lesson learned, pin everything so you never forget anything!
Using freezer paper, I cut out the design with my silhouette machine. Then ironed it on to the mat so that it wouldn't move. I ironed it on not knowing if it would even stick. It stuck very well, so well in fact that I was a little worried it wouldn't come off. But it did!
It took a lot of paint to fill in the design and it did bleed a little. If I did it again I would spread out the letters more so the bleeding wouldn't look so sloppy.
Last thing I did was cut off the black strip. I like it much better without that strip. Now when you come to my apartment you will be greeted with "hi." When you leave you will be sent away with "bye."
Again, so not my idea. I completely wish I could take credit for this, but I can't. All that said...I love how it turned out.