DIY Rope Welcome Mat
I will get to the instructions to make your own Rope Welcome Mat but first I want to introduce you to a store called Tractor Supply Company.
If you have never been to a Tractor Supply Company store you are missing out! And that is coming from a city girl. Tractor Supply is so much more than farm supplies and tractor equipment it is full of pet supplies! Your favorite pet brands are carried by Tractor Supply Company. I know what you are thinking because I thought the same thing before I moved to the mountains and they opened a new location in the next town over in Fall of last year. Why would I go into the store in the first place? If for no other reason because at TSC they are our neighbors. At TSC they care about what happens in my community and do what they can to help make our community a better place not only for the people that live here but for that animals too. On a regular basis your local TSC will invite the shelters and rescues in your community to come and hold adoption days at the store. It might not get any pets adopted that day but it brings awareness to the situation and helps raise much needed funds and food 😉 for the animals. They also do vaccination clinics and bring in farm animals experts to share information with the community. They are big into helping out the local 4-H club so that the children in the community have the supplies and support they need in order to become successful. In fact Tractor Supply Company celebrates you and your pets every year during their annual Pet Appreciation Week which is taking place this year between September 17th – 21st with a special in store event on the 20th. Leashed pets welcome. Visit your local store to enter the raffle they are offering for some great prizes from event sponsors including a TSC Gift Card, Rebate on your next vet visit, and other goodies!
And that bring us to my post for today. Tractor Supply asked us to come up with a project to help our local shelter that uses supplies found at Tractor Supply. Armed with a spending budget of $25 I thought long and hard about what I could do that might make a dent of difference at our local shelter. I thought about the shelter the physical space, the location, the layout and one thing stuck out in my mind. There is absolutely nothing inviting about it. When you think stereotypical animal shelter this is the shelter that pops into your mind. It is tucked away far off the main road behind the Fairgrounds in a tiny little building. The staff does what they can to help the animals in their care but their resources are few and far between and the shelter is regularly bursting at the seems overcrowded.
I could help the shelter become more inviting more welcoming that way if on the off chance someone finds their way to the shelter to adopt an animal and not dump one – yes I see the issue they can find it to get rid of an animal but not to adopt one into the family. My first idea was to paint giant yellow paw prints from the main road all the way to the shelter – leading people back there. I would need county permission to paint the roads and since the fair grounds is being used for the county fair at the moment I didn’t see that being approved quick enough. So my next thought was I needed to do something that would welcome people to the shelter once they got there.
I would make a Welcome Mat! Something colorful and fun. So I ran out to our local Tractor Supply and picked up some rope. For purposes of this tutorial I picked up the brightest color rope I could find knowing that the wider rope that should be used for this project was already being used in a project for this campaign. Not that it I mind the colors I got to use hot pink and purple are very bright and exciting colors but in truth the rope really isn’t thick enough for an industrial welcome mat which is what they need at the shelter. Even if the majority of in and out are the dog catchers going out on an call or bringing in strays and runaways.
Materials Needed for your Rope Welcome Mat
Braided Poly Rope – the thicker it is the better it is for this project
Glue Gun – you will need a lot of glue for this project!
Duck Tape and or caulking
To get started you will want to clean a large workspace. I used an outdoor table so that the glue would be able to dry in the sun but you could do this project inside if you have a large enough table. Cover the table with plastic or paper so that the hot glue doesn’t get stuck to your table. (I might have missed that step. Good thing I was using a glass table so it was easy to pull up). Once your table is covered and clean unravel a large portion of the rope. You could go with all one color or you could use multiple colors of rope.
Start coiling the rope as tight as you can make it around itself. To start you should be able to coil about 4 inches of rope before you need to start gluing it. Place the glue between the coils and push together gently. At this point you can switch colors or continue on with the same color. If you are using multiple colors you will want to match end to end old color to new color.
As your welcome mat gets bigger and bigger you will find that you need to glue more often as for whatever reason it seems to want to unravel more often. This is actually why I had to stop last night and didn’t get to add another round of coils. I needed it to dry before I could move onto the next row. Burning my fingers with hot glue are not a part of the project. You do not have to worry f the back isn’t pretty. As you can see in my pictures the back is full of strings of glue and areas where the glue came out too fast. Don’t worry that is the back and you will be covering ti with duck tape. Once you have made your mat as big as you want it to be you have two options. You need to decide how high traffic the area is that you will be placing your welcome mat.
If your welcome mat is for indoors at your front door which is only used by visitors you can get away with placing duck tape across the back of the mat and you will have a secure enough mat. If on the other hand the area is very high traffic once you are done with the duck tape on the back and have cut off the edges you will want to flip the mat over and on the top of the mat follow the coils with a caulking gun. The caulk will help keep your mat together and make it more durable an tough for high traffic areas.
Be careful your dogs might think this is a new special mat for them!
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