DIY Slogan Bath Mat | Ikea Hack

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack

Sunday’s are made to unwind…

I picked up this plain bath mat from Ikea a few weeks back and thought it was crying out for a little DIYing. Ikea is great for cheap, plain homeware you can add your own spin to. I had some fabric paint left over in my cupboard so wanted to recreate an interior trend I’ve seen all over the highstreet recently, the slogan bath mat.

Here’s how I made it…

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - before

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - materials used

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - cutting out the letters

I used:

Bath mat, Ikea

Fabric paint, Dylon

Sponge

Paint brushes

Cutting mat & knife

Yarn for tassels

The first decision to make was what I was going to write on my mat so I started to search on Pinterest and saved some ideas over on my interiors board. I decided on the word UNWIND as it would be straight forward to cut out when printed in big bold letters and I thought it reflected a relaxing bath time soak. I used Microsoft Word (old school, I know) to type out my slogan and set the A4 paper to landscape before printing the word UNWIND (size 180 bold) out over two pages.

I then carefully cut out each letter using a scalpel and a cutting mat. I placed the stencil in the centre of the mat and began printing using a basic kitchen sponge that I cut in half dipped in a bit of black fabric paint. As the mat had a honeycomb effect to the fabric, I had to press down hard to fill some of the gaps with that paint. I continued printing until I’d almost filled all the letters with the paint, keeping the middle section of the D held in place to stop it moving.

To finish off the letters I removed the stencil and grabbed a paint brush to smoothed out the edges of the lettering and fill in any gaps.

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - printing the letters

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - printing the word

Top tip: If I was to do this DIY again, I would use card instead of paper as it would provide added extra support when printing.

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - how to print tricky letters

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - filling in the gaps

Whilst the lettering was drying I made some matching tassels to place around the edges of my bath mat. I love making tassels, not only do they add that little extra touch but are surprisingly easy to make too.

To make them I wrapped a few lengths of yarn around my fingers and tied up the top, before cutting the loops at the end to create the tassel. I then attached them to my mat using a chunky sewing up needle and an extra piece of yarn.

Lastly to finish off my mat I heat sealed the lettering by ironing the word on a high setting for 2-3 minutes over a clean tea towel. This allows the lettering to get wet or be washed without the paint running.

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - adding tassels

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - sewing in the tassels

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - tassels

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - finished mat

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - bathroom finished mat

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - finished mat in bathroom

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - how to

DIY slogan bath mat | Ikea hack - how to make

What do you think?

I love how this DIY turned out and it only took an hour to whip up, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon make! I think it adds a little bit of fun to my bathroom and I can’t wait to chill out in the bath tonight with a good book and some scented candles!

Anna x

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