Monday, April 4, 2011

Rock Shoe Mat

As we were building our house i was looking on the internet for ideas on how to decorate it. I came across a shoe mat where they used these tiny rocks. Where my husband comes home with dirty and muddy shoes on a regular basis i wanted to make something like that but it a little more durable by using bigger rocks. Wanna see how i made this?

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When i saw the mat with the small rocks they used a bought plastic shoe mat and i thought i have tons of left over wood from our house so I grabbed a scrap piece of wood that i saved and for the rest of the supplies i bought 5 bags of rocks at the dollar store and some silicone from the hardware store.

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I painted and then arranged the rocks on the plywood. 

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Then i started gluing on the rocks. I used a clear silicone sealant but you can use anything you have around the house. I thought about using my glue gun but it has disappeared during the move.

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I started gluing each rock then i went the easy way out and put glue all over the board. Both ways worked good and where i used the silicone sealant it stayed soft and i was able to move the rocks around if i didnt like they way it looked. The more random the rocks the better it looks.

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I had some left over silicone so i filled in some of the spaces on the one corner to see which way my husband would like better. If he likes it i will do the rest if not i will just pull it off and add new rocks.

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I love it! I love it even more that i used a free piece of plywood, $5.00 worth of river rocks and a $5.00 silicone tube and was able to make a $10.00 mat that is cute, durable and a perfect addition to my bare house. So what do you think of my rock shoe mat?

-Tara

29 comments:

  1. I love this!!! Such a easy project that adds so much character, plus it is unique! Hmmm, I may have to do the same thing! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. What a neat idea, I love it! My kids would love something like this, as they are always showing me their rock treasures that they find!

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  3. I think it is very cute! I can't believe your glue gun went missing! Yikes!

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  4. I love this idea...so many possibilities!
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  5. Love your mat! Did you put anything on the bottom of the plywood to protect the floor?

    I live with a plumber who always had dirty boots. I'm tired of paying $20-$30 for rugs at Lowes/Walmart that don't last or collect dirt. This is wonderful!

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  6. I've been thinking of doing this underneath our wood burning stove...Right now there is just a fire backer- board, covered in tin ,painted to simulate red brick. I have thought of using the bags of Dollar Tree rocks... but wasn't sure how to fasten them to the board. (which I'm going to paint black also!)
    I think this silicone idea is FANTASTIC--- NOW if I can just get it done before -- late fall sometime????
    I'm am super stoked about you posting this idea.
    PS... I personally like the silicone filled in around the rocks. For my purpose it will be great.
    If I do this -- I'm gonna post it and send you a link...
    love this idea 100% ...!!!!!

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  7. This is such a lovely idea! Love how your rock mat looks, very nice, maybe do one using pebbles??? Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Wow, what a neat idea! I love it!

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  9. wow. this is amazing. I bet this traps a lot of dirt. I am a firm believer that the right door mat can make a big difference in the dirt brought into the house!

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  10. This is a really great idea! I have been looking for something to use in our entry and this just might be it! Thanks!

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  11. Very cool! I really like the way it looks, and I'm sure it's super durable too. I'd love for you to stop by my blog sometime, www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  12. I love it! My doormat needs a facelift. Maybe I'll just glue rocks directly to it! Following from Making the World Cuter's follow along =)

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  13. Simple but great project. I'm your newest follower from the Homemaker on a Dime linky party. Stop on by if you can.

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  14. I've seen mats like this using fake rocks... Never would've thought to make one with real rocks! Very creative idea! Thanks for linking to Fancy This Fridays!

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  15. this is a cool idea!! i've seen these before but thought they would be messy. nowwww i know you glue the rocks down! haha. problem solved. thanks for sharing!! :)

    I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/04/your-whims-wednesday-2-and-features.html

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  16. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. This Mat is amazing. Thanks for creating such a fun and inspiring blog!

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  17. That's a stinkin' awesome mat! Great job! Thank you for sharing this at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  18. I've seen those mats for tons of $ at Bed Bath and Beyond and the like. I NEVER thought to DIY it!

    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday Hope to see yours among all the amazing projects!

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  19. That looks so pretty! And heavy enough, I'm sure, that it won't be scooting around as kids toss their shoes onto it.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! I appreciate you stopping by. I will be posting this week's link party shortly. I'd love to see what you have to share this week!

    Hope to see you soon!
    :)rachel @ http://SunScholars.blogspot.com

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  20. Ok, this is such a cool idea! I think the silicone looks great. Thanks for sharing this week!

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  21. BTW, I featured this! Hope you'll stop by and grab a button and link up again this week!

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  22. Great tutorial for a wonderful DIY project! I love the look of the polished river rocks, and have a hunch I'd probably linger on that mat for quite a while after a long day in high heels!

    Thank you so much for linking up another wonderful project on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17!

    Jenn

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  23. Thanks for popping by and linking up to Creative Juice!

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