Spring Stencil Pattern Challenge

Wait until  you see this great stencil pattern I bought! My friend Carole from Garden Up Green asked me if I wanted to participate in a seasonal garden related project challenge, with a small group of talented bloggers. I quickly said, “Of course I do.”

Stencil Pattern Challenge

Garden Quote Stencil ~ Stencil Pattern Challenge ~ gardenmatter.com

Carole had us all purchase this adorable stencil. If you are interested you can find it on Etsy or Ebay.

pray Old Mat ~ Stencil Pattern Challenge ~ gardenmatter.com

My back porch was in dire need of a new rug to wipe dirty feet off when you enter the house, so I thought this would be the perfect to place use the stencil pattern.

Plain Welcome Mat ~ Stencil Pattern Challenge ~ gardenmatter.com

I purchased this nice plain Coco Doormat from Amazon. I really like the natural material, and they work well for removing dirt from your shoes.

Project Materials ~ Stencil Pattern Challenge ~ gardenmatter.com

I used spray adhesive and an exterior black spray paint. Spray the back of the stencil with the adhesive, and press down all over the stencil to make sure no paint will sneak underneath. Shake up your can of paint and keep it perpendicular to the stencil while spraying short spurts of paint. Let dry for a few minutes and remove. Allow the paint to completely dry before moving the doormat to its new home.

Note: It’s a good idea to place newspaper on the area outside the stencil to catch any over-spray.

Garden Saying Stencil ~ Stencil Pattern Spring Challenge ~ gardenmatter.com

I decided to move the stencil pattern around to place the leaf section in the corners for an extra touch.

I like the look of the black paint on the natural fiber, and the quote is so cute.

Bloom Stencil Backporch - Stencil Pattern Challenge - gardenmatter.com

What a fun and useful project this was. I don’t know about you but I find that challenges are a great way to spark my creativity.   Anyway, It sure looks a lot better than the old rug, and I love the greeting.

Now, let’s see what the others created:

Spring Stencil Challenge x8

Carole @ Garden Up Green

Susan @ Momcrieff

Karen @ To Work With My Hands

Maria @ Simple Nature Decor

C.D. @ C.D.’s Country Living

Bon Bon @ Farmhouse 40

Angela and Laura @ About a Mom

Spring Stencil Challenge x8 ~ stencil pattern ~ gardenmatter.com

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. You are so creative Patti, I would have never thought to use a stencil on a doormat. I love this idea!
    I also use the adhesive spray, makes stenciling so much easier. Fantastic!

  2. What a fabulous idea! Very clever and you did a perfect job! I had to redo mine once because it bled, but practice makes perfect! it was great to meet you and stop by my party tomorrow Dream Create and Inspire to link up this doormat.


    • Hi Maria,
      I so love meeting new creative bloggers and love all the projects created in this fun challenge.
      I will stop by your party and link up for sure.

  3. This is so clever! I love the look of the dark paint on the natural fiber, and adding the leaves on the corners is the perfect touch. Great job on this!

    • Thanks Angela. Anything looks better than my old rug and this one is on my screened in porch which is where I enter and exit the garden so it sees quite a bit of messiness. I hope it holds up well. All the projects are soooo good. What a way to start off the week!

  4. What a FABULOUS idea, Patti! I have a lot to learn when it comes to stenciling-but I LOVE how your rug turned out-so I just may have to go buy one and practice my stenciling! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

    • Hi CD,
      I think stenciling is kinda hard actually. I seem to have a heavy hand and am always in a rush so that’s not good. Still, I feel like all the projects were very inspiring. I’d like to have one of everything. Too bad we can’t make eight and ship them out to each other.
      Have a great week!

  5. I adore this idea…..I would love to make myself one of these. Adding the touches at the corners really added the finishing touch. Love it.

    • Thanks Bon Bon,

      I’m loving everyone’s ideas and now I guess I need to find another stencil to try some of the out.
      Have a great week and thanks for stopping by,

  6. What a practical project. But you made it cute! Thanks for reminding me about the stencil adhesive spray. I haven’t stenciled in years and forgot all about it!

  7. What a great idea for your stencil! I can’t believe how many different ideas everyone has come up with. I love your welcome mat!

  8. Very clever use of the stencil! Enjoyed your project as well as the others who used the stencil in creative ways. Have signed up to receive your posts. Sandra

    • Hi Sandra,

      So glad you liked the challenge. It’s great for me because it helps me come up with new ideas when I am prompted with a specific challenge and this one was dearly needed. So glad you signed up to receive my posts. I hope you enjoy them.

  9. It turned out great! Love the idea. I need to replace my mat on my side porch entry. I can get a bit heavy handed too with stencils so I have to be very deliberate and make myself be more patient.

    • Hi Pamela,
      I can’t believe that. You are such a talented painter. You don’t even need a stencil. But hey, I hear you about patience. I wish I had more for sure.
      Thanks for stopping by,

  10. I absolutely LOVE this! It’s way to Pretty to get mud on it, I’d probably hang it up. Country Girl that I am, I’t would fit right in with my Primative Theme.

    • Hi Donna,

      You know it’s held up pretty good but I do have it in screened in porch right before you walk in the house. I’m sure yours will look beautiful because you made it,and hey, that’s have the fun.
      Thanks for stopping by,

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