After last week’s dismal weather, today is all about willing summer to return to our sunshine-starved shores. It doesn’t get more summery than a big refreshing slice of watermelon, so I couldn’t resist choosing this most delicious of treats to adorn my newly DIY’d doormat.
Try this project for a tropical summer update at home and get creative with different shaped sponges, such as palm trees or even Santa hats for a Christmas twist!
You will need:
Plain coir doormat. We used the Diall natural coir doormat, £5, B&Q
Scissors & pen
Tester pots of paint in coral/pink (for the watermelon flesh), green and black
2 x paper plates (or flat paint containers)
Step 1. Using a pen, lightly draw the shape of a slice of watermelon onto one side of the sponge. The slice can be as large or as small as you like, depending on the design you want to create (ours was approximately 10cm long). Carefully cut out the slice, cutting it into two parts – one the main part of the slice and the other the top part which will be the green rind.
Step 2. Pour a generous amount of the coral/pink paint onto a paper plate (or flat paint container) and dab the larger piece of sponge in this colour until one flat side is well coated. Place this onto your mat where you want your first slice to be positioned and push down onto the sponge to transfer the paint. Make sure it is firmly pressed down to ensure an even print before removing.
Step 3. Repeat the above with the green paint and the rind shape of the sponge, leaving a couple of millimetres between the coral and green sections to avoid the paint mixing on the mat. Repeat steps two and three until the mat is covered and you’re happy with your design.
Step 4. When the coral and green paints have completely dried, use the black paint to dab on little dots to create the watermelon seeds.
Leave to dry before using your mat and remember that it isn’t designed for outdoor use. I’ve put mine on our landing so that when I come in from our roof terrace I don’t take any dirt upstairs to our bedroom. I love the pop of colour it adds!
Big thanks to Cassie Pryce who I worked with on this project.
Don’t you think my new watermelon doormat goes perfectly with my Tokaree basket?
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