Painted Foam Play Mat / Rug
Well little Miss Rylie is on the verge of crawling… I can just feel it! With this new giant milestone approaching, I realized I needed a more “crawling-friendly” area for her to play in. So the once well-used office is slowing transitioning into her completely child-proof playroom. First things first – a new play mat. My colour scheme for this room is going to be blue, green & a raspberry pink so the standard multi-coloured play mats just won’t do. Enter a new project for me! Super easy to do, if you have a lot of time to put into it. After squeezing in crafting during some nap times and late nights I was able to finish this in a weekend.
So here are parts of the mat after about 6 months. As you can see it’s a little worn out… not too bad, and definitely still acceptable 🙂 The mats dented more than I thought they would, and to be honest, I didn’t expect on any peeled paint. Oh well, I still like it more than the multi coloured mats!
1 – foam mats (Walmart $10.48 x3)
2 – artist brush (Dollarama $1.05)
3 – stencil brush (borrowed)
4 – foam brush (had on hand)
5 – blank stencil (Michael’s $4.33)
6 – foam roller (Dollarama $2.10)
7 – all natural shellac (Home Depot $14.93)
8 – primer (had on hand)
9 – latex paint in Silver Dust (had on hand)
10 – craft paint in True Blue (Michaels $1.33 x2)
Update* – you can download my template if you plan on tracing with a blank stencil. Just print and trace! Circle Template
Quick Steps >>
I painted the smooth side of the pieces while unattached so I could move them around my house as they dried. I tried the textured side first but the paint kept chipping off.
1 – 2 coats of primer on the smooth side with foam roller
2 – 2 coats of base coat with foam roller
3 – stencil (create your own or buy one) with pieces attached to make sure the design matches up with craft paint and stencil brush
4 – touch up any stencil slips with base coat and artist brush
5 – 2 coats of shellac with pieces unattached with foam brush
6 – put mat together and let the crawling begin!