Please Wipe Your Feet

    Posted by  ·  February 9, 2007

    It is really cold around here and they say snow is on the way. We thought our front door needed this.

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    To make this doormat you need a carpet sample , ours were free from our local store. Since we repeat this craft all year round he knows us! He didn’t have the rectangle size (or texture free) we like so these square ones had to do. It is best to try to get the regular pile-not Berber, shag or textured carpet.

    We made our own stamps by cutting shapes out of foam sheets and rubber cementing them to a bock of wood.

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    Each stamp needs two layers of foam, so be sure to cut two for each stamp you make. Once you have the foam shape glued to the wood, put something heavy and flat on top of your stamp while the glue dries. This keeps the foam from curling.

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    We paint (we use acrylic) the paint on the stamps with a foam brush. This is easier than dipping and keeps the area around the stamp clean—which is very important. Use a lot of paint.

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    This is probably the only time that rocking and jiggling your stamp is okay. You are trying to work the paint into the carpet. I suggest asking for one extra carpet sample and give a few practice runs to get the feel of the amount of paint, pressure and jiggling you need to do. Kids love to use both hands and press really hard (an important reason you want to keep the surrounding wood of the stamp paint free). An adult probably needs to give the stamp a final press –depending on the age of the child.

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    If your print comes off light, simply take your foam brush and work a bit more paint in those areas.

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    Once you are finished the stamps can be rinsed off with water. Allow them to dry completely before storing.

    If you don’t want to make your own stamps you can always use the large foam die-cut sponges found at craft stores.  Make sure to dampen your sponge and then dip into paint.  You will find an especially nice selection of these sponges around Halloween.

    I have asked for 25 carpet samples at one time (give the carpet store some notice so they can collect them for you) so we could do this for the craft at a holiday party at school with 1st and 5th graders. It actually worked out beautifully. I was able to die-cut the shapes out of foam so I had plenty without me having to cut them all . I had parents each with their own stamp and color of paint and walk around the room allowing the children (who stayed at their desks) to stamp their carpets. The parents would paint the stamp each time. We set the carpets out in the hallway to dry. We did this at the very beginning of the party so they had time to dry before heading home (on the buses -oh my I am sure I was popular with those drivers that day!).

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    Comments

    1. Megan
      Friday, November 4th, 2011
      I am SO THRILLED to find a craft using carpet squares... because guess what my closet is FULL of? I used them in my classroom to delineate work spaces but the very nice gentleman who donated them was a little overzealous and I have over a hundred of the things hanging out in my 750 sq ft apartment. I didn't want to just throw them away and now I have a good use for them! Oh, and Suzanne - if you use acrylic paint it dries like plastic so there's no issue with it getting wet or rubbing off, as long as you wait until it's completely dry before using it :)
    2. Suzanne
      Saturday, April 9th, 2011
      I like the idea, just not sure about it rubbing off on the bottom of your shoes or feet it ever it gets wet?
    3. Julie
      Saturday, December 11th, 2010
      Great idea. I think it would be great for decorative carpets for the kids' rooms as well. Thanks for the lovely idea!
    4. Thursday, January 15th, 2009
      I love how you make stamps! What a great way to do it. I would have never thought of it! You have GREAT ideas!!! Thanks!!!
    5. Megan
      Sunday, February 24th, 2008
      Which store do you visit for carpert samples? Just any carpet store?
    6. Mary Z
      Sunday, February 11th, 2007
      OK- this looks really fun! a must try for us. Thanks! MKZ