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Painted Foam Play Mat / Rug

On 02, Aug 2012 | 15 Comments | In DIY | By Breanna

painted foam play mat

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.

painted foam play mat


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!

Kids play foam mat diy

kids foam play mat DIYPainter foam play mat

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

Total: $56.51

painted foam play mat


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!


  1. Thank you for posting detailed instructions on how to paint the foam tiles. I’ve been searching all over the net for ideas. I’m opening a home daycare and I desired a chic yet fun playroom, and most designer tiles on average are $4 a piece.

    Again, thank you sooooo much!

    • Breanna

      You’re very welcome!
      Let me know if you run into any trouble. It can be a long process buy well worth it!

  2. You are a very impressive lady. I wish I was as creative as you! I look forward to your next post 🙂

    • Breanna

      Aww you’re so sweet 🙂

  3. Can you tell me how this beautiful mat has held up with regards to cracking?
    Thank you much.

    • Breanna

      Hi Diana!
      It hasn’t held up as nicely as I’d hope, but it is still presentable. We use the mat everyday so there are some nicks. I’ll take a photo soon and send it your way!

      • Thank you so much. I’ve had quite a supply of these; unused and can’t return, and thought it’d be great in front of our hot tub.

        • Breanna

          Diana – I’ve posted some “after” shots for you 🙂

  4. Haley Shewciw

    LOVE this idea! Went out today to buy all the products you used but was wondering where you found your stencil design from?

  5. Great idea & Design! Can’t wait to make it for my little guy. Any chance you could send me the stencil you used? I can’t find it anywhere…

    • Breanna

      Hi Haley!
      I sent you the stencil and added it to the list of supplies.
      I can’t wait to see your final mat 🙂

  6. Carrie

    f ove your creativity!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Do you know if the paints you chose are safe for babies who might want to eat their play at??? I saw the all natural one you mentioned but wondered if you knew about the others?

    I know the mat itself isn’t good for a baby to ingest but I’m a first time mom aka worrywart!

    If you don’t know, I’ll conduct some research of my own bFC I would lovvvvvvve this mat in black and white!

  7. I am going ng to paint one for my spoanish classroom floor and I am glad to know which side to paint on!! Love your!!!

    • Breanna

      Hope it went well for you! I’d love to see pictures when you’re done 🙂

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