I recently got the opportunity to try out the new Handmade Charlotte Stencils from PLAID FolkArt®. Along with a pack of the Handmade Charlotte stencils (The “Pattern” pack), they sent me a pack of spouncers and FolkArt acrylic paint in some really fun colors. In addition to these products, all you really need to make this project is a short-pile rug and some painters tape to hold your stencils in place.
I started by taking the 5’x7′ short-pile rug from my son’s room since I have plans to redo his room soon anyway. I wanted to paint the rug for our front porch, and when I measured it was the perfect fit. So, I got to work laying out my stencils with a pattern using the stencils and some painter’s tape.
I did one row at a time, allowing the stencils time to dry really well in between rows so they wouldn’t get too soggy with paint to work with. I tried to keep the paint on the spouncer light to avoid bleeding, but the rug soaked up quite a bit of paint. I did three rows on one side of the rug and then moved to the opposite end and did three more, with a plan to do text in the center.
I decided to stencil “WELCOME” down the middle. I cut the large letter stencils using scrapbook paper a craft cutting machine. For this size rug (5×7), my letters were each about 6″ high.
I actually worked on this in a closet to avoid my kids or dogs messing with it…but my 3 year old walked across it before I could stop her and so did our new puppy! The wet paint came up pretty easily with a wet paper towel though so crisis averted.
I carefully removed the stencils while the paint was still wet and allowed it to dry overnight before I moved it outside. (And then I went to buy coordinating flowers to plant!)
Since the porch is covered it doesn’t get too wet, and I’m pretty sure it is an indoor/outdoor rug. I still plan to spray the whole rug with some stain guard spray since I’m using it outside. It cleaned up nicely when I swept it with a broom after spilling dirt all over it while planting the flowers.
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