Friday, 9 August 2019

Weekend Mini-Makes: DIY Slogan bath mat (with FREE stencil!)

DIY slogan bath mat with fabric paint and woollen tassels from a cheap dollar store bath mat. Budget easy, quick DIY craft tutorial to create stylish bathroom decor and interiors

I'm back with another Weekend Mini-Make today: a quick craft you can complete over the weekend - and this time one that cost me absolutely nothing to make at all! I used leftovers from last week's DIY cushion covers, but I've included the price of all the materials, should you need to buy them.

But even better than that, all my mini-makes are designed to be something beginners can try their hand at, whilst also being a relaxing, well being-boost. As I've mentioned before, I regularly turn to DIY and crafting when times get hard, so for me, having a creative outlet has become a vital part of my everyday life. I hope that these simple, cheap ideas will inspire others to have a go, and see if crafting can make big changes in their life too.

So today's quick craft was inspired by the discovery of an old bath mat stashed in a cupboard at my parents house. Instead of chucking it in the charity bag along with everything else, my first thought was 'I could definitely do something with else' - weird, I know. So a few woollen tassels and a bit of fabric paint later and here we are: a bang on-trend slogan bathmat that cost me next to nothing and took a couple of hours to make.

Total spend: £6.62

You will need:
Bath mat (you can pick these up almost anywhere, however the best value one I've seen is one for £1.99 in Poundstrecher)
Black wool
Fabric paint
Stencil - I made my own which you can download and print out further down
Scissors (or craft knife)
Tape
Needle & thread

DIY slogan bath mat with fabric paint and woollen tassels from a cheap dollar store bath mat. Budget easy, quick DIY craft tutorial to create stylish bathroom decor and interiors

Tip: You might want to give your bath mat a wash if it's a bit worse for wear, and then let it dry completely before starting. 

Firstly, I made eight tassels from a leftover ball of wool - the method for making these is ridiculously easy, and you can find it over on the DIY cushion covers post.

Next up: stencilling! I made my own stencil by typing out my slogan and printing. I've gone with a nice uplifiting phrase, because who doesn't need a little bit of flattery first thing in the morning?! You could, however, paint a pattern onto your bath mat, or make yours more personal by writing your slogan freehand.

If you want to recreate mine though, you can download the stencil below (make sure to print onto A3).

Right click or press and hold to save this image & print to create your own stencil:


DIY slogan bath mat with fabric paint and woollen tassels from a cheap dollar store bath mat. Budget easy, quick DIY craft tutorial to create stylish bathroom decor and interiors
I then cut the letters out. This bit is a little fiddly, and would definitely be a lot easier if you had a craft knife and safety mat. I, however, used a pair of scissors and then added some tape to make sure any ripped edges were nice and sharp.

Tip: Print onto card if you can, which would make this step a lot easier

You can then start with the fun bit: painting! Tape the stencil onto the bath mat to hold in place, and then use a sponge to dab the paint into the letters. I then went over and filled in any gaps with a small paintbrush.
DIY slogan bath mat with fabric paint and woollen tassels from a cheap dollar store bath mat. Budget easy, quick DIY craft tutorial to create stylish bathroom decor and interiors
Leave to dry overnight and then very carefully remove the stencil. If you remove this before the paint is completely dry it could smudge and ruin the look.

I then attached the tassels to the bath mat using a simple needle and thread, four to each end.

DIY slogan bath mat with fabric paint and woollen tassels from a cheap dollar store bath mat. Budget easy, quick DIY craft tutorial to create stylish bathroom decor and interiors

DIY slogan bath mat with fabric paint and woollen tassels from a cheap dollar store bath mat. Budget easy, quick DIY craft tutorial to create stylish bathroom decor and interiors

DIY slogan bath mat with fabric paint and woollen tassels from a cheap dollar store bath mat. Budget easy, quick DIY craft tutorial to create stylish bathroom decor and interiors

DIY slogan bath mat with fabric paint and woollen tassels from a cheap dollar store bath mat. Budget easy, quick DIY craft tutorial to create stylish bathroom decor and interiors

And there you have it! A stylish, on-trend bathroom feature - for next to nothing.

Hope you enjoyed this quick and simple DIY - let me know if you make one, I'd love to see! And check back next Friday for another quick craft perfect for completing over the weekend.

Thanks for reading,
Sam Xx



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