Decor Steals Typography Bamboo Floor Mat Knock-Off

DIY Decor Steals Typography Bamboo Floor Rug Mat via Knick of Time

The Typography Bamboo Floor Mat sold by Decor Steals is wildly popular, and though they recently offered it for a great price of $119.50, that still isn’t affordable for everyone, so I decided to try creating my own version for less money.

DIY Decor Steals Typography Bamboo Floor Rug Mat via Knick of Time

I ordered a bamboo floor mat runner, sized 24″ x 72″ on ebay and paid $21 (including shipping fees).  I didn’t need a larger floor mat, but could think of several places I could use the runner.

Here’s my version, and I’ll share what I did and the problems I encountered…because I always seem to have them.
DIY Decor Steals Typography Bamboo Floor Rug Mat via Knick of Time

I selected fonts and created a vinyl stencil with my Silhouette.  I cut one stencil for the bottom half of the image and cut it 12″ tall x 72″ long.  Positioning a stencil that long turned out to be a very difficult challenge and by the time I had the whole thing in place, I realized it was crooked.  I removed the whole thing and started over again, but kept getting areas that bubbled up, so I ended up cutting it into smaller sections, which made it easier to lay down.

The only problem was, my vinyl lost some its adhesiveness from being lifted up and down several times, so it was difficult to keep it sealed to the mat.  Those little gaps meant that the spray paint was able to get under the stencil causing bleed.

DIY Decor Steals Typography Bamboo Floor Rug Mat via Knick of Time

For the top half of the image, after cutting the stencil, I cut it in half, dividing the top font from the bottom font, which made it more manageable to work with, but I was still having problems getting the vinyl to stick in some places.  I think it was just because it was a rougher surface.

I’d rate this project as somewhat challenging, but I’m glad I did it.  I have more time than money and I never would have coughed up the money to buy one, so for $21 + the cost of a can of spray paint, I have one now!   I know where I plan to use this runner, but it will probably be at least a few more months before we finish remodeling that space.  It’s a big project, so don’t hold your breath waiting for a reveal.  Word to the wise – wear gloves when attempting a project like this.  Having to constantly try to smooth the vinyl in place meant I was rubbing my hands across vinyl that had paint on it, and spray paint is a beast to remove without scraping your skin off.



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  1. Oh my gosh! That runner is fantastic! Thanks for sharing how you made it with us.

  2. OH Angie, I love it.
    I love those bamboo rugs. I have the medium and small one. And with the price of the large one I have been debating as to whether I should try making one. Now that I have seen yours, and although you rated it as a challenge; I am convinced that I should try it. If I totally mess it up I can always just paint over it!
    Thank you for posting and being honest about the challenges.

  3. Hi Angie, “you don’t have to have a lot of money to have style”. I just love seeing creative women do their stuff, and you do it so well 🙂
    Have a lovely week,
    Your blogging sister, Connie 🙂

  4. wow Angie, you did an amazing job! You’ll try anything…and you do a great job at all of them!

  5. It turned out wonderful. Love it.

  6. Looks great, Angie!

  7. Though you had trouble, it looks great and I think even some of the bleeding is kinda cool. As far as paint on your hands, Nail Polish is great at taking it off without harming your skin.

  8. Angie … you really tackle some hard projects. It sounds very difficult but turned out really nice. I would like to try to make a table runner.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  9. Great project, Angie! I love it.

  10. Love that!
    and love the pic of original
    anyway to enlarge either one to regular sheet paper size, to print off to frame??
    would love to have that.

    be blessed
    PS too bad I gave my cuter away..I could cut my own stencil.
    any chance you do them to sell???

  11. LOVE IT and it turned out wonderful!! I happen to be able to go to a warehouse sale that has these mats very cheap and I own a smaller version like this! Hope they have the sale again this year. 🙂

  12. Great! You are brave! I love those runners and you showed us that there is a way we can have them and save. Thanks.

  13. I’ve been thinking of doing this for some time!!! It really turned out beautifully and I think I need to get on this project!!! Great job, Angie!

  14. That is a great finished product! Well worth the time, I’d say. I love it!

  15. This looks amazing Angie!Love your bamboo mat!Now I am the opposite I have no patience for something like that.I saved up and bought one from decor steals and for the size the price was very good 🙂 .The one I have under the table is quite large I know I would not be able to handle doing it myself.And right now I don’t own a silhouette.

  16. This is great Angie! I really need to purchase a silhouette!!! Wonderful job!~~Angela

  17. Despite the problems you had, it turned out great! laurie

  18. I think your rug is fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Fabulous! I love it and appreciate you joining the Open House party.

  20. I love what you did with the runner, Angie. You can add just any thing that speaks to your decor.
    It looks amazing! Great idea.

  21. And here’s another reason why I need a Silhouette!! Great job on this! I love the different fonts. It’s so striking and well worth the $21 and all your labor.xoxo

  22. Love this! What a bargain! Time to crank out the vinyl cutter! Thanks for linking up to the Dream*Create*Inspire party!

  23. Can you explain how you design something like this and import into Silhouette to be that long? I can’t figure out how it works.

  24. I love these bamboo mats! They’re adorable! I think that I am going to put in bamboo flooring in gold coast in my new home–probably in the kitchen! It will look so good!

  25. Thank you so much for your great post and pictures are really very awesome. Great post.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Adorable! I love your mat. btw you can remove most paints with nail polish remover.

  27. GOO GONE W
    ll remove spray paint from your hands easily!!

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