What you’ll need

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The fin­ished mat is ap­prox­i­mately 410mm x 760mm.

5.5m of H3 pine (45mm wide x 20mm deep). You need to make 23 x 200mm length pieces and 8 x 60mm length pieces. Ruler, pen­cil Saw Sand­pa­per 6mm di­am­e­ter drill bit and drill (elec­tric or hand) Gen­eral pur­pose out­door wood primer/undercoat Test pots in four colours of your choice (I used Re­sene True Blue, Wan White, De­voted and San­tas Grey). 3m of 5mm thick ny­lon cord Lighter


1 Mark the wood into the re­quired lengths us­ing a ruler and pen­cil, then cut with a mitre saw, cir­cu­lar saw or even a reg­u­lar hand­saw. Give the ends a re­ally good sand to re­move splin­ters and rough edges. 2 On the cen­tre of one thin (20mm) side of each long block, mark a cross 30mm in from each end (see di­a­gram point A). On the short blocks, mark a cross in the cen­tre of one thin edge (see di­a­gram point B). These show the lo­ca­tions for drilling the holes. To drill, clamp the block be­tween scrap pieces of wood (to hold it steady and avoid dam­age), then drill the holes us­ing a 6mm drill bit. Note: You need to be as pre­cise as pos­si­ble when drilling, as there’s not much mar­gin for er­ror. Take your time and go straight. 3 Sand around the holes. A good tip is to poke a pen­cil or sim­i­lar through the holes to re­move any de­bri. 4 Give each block a coat of primer/ undercoat. Leave to dry. 5 When dry, lay out all the pieces in the fin­ished de­sign, al­low­ing 80mm gaps be­tween each piece on the hor­i­zon­tal rows. The smaller, 60mm length pieces go on the out­side ends (see di­a­gram be­low). It is now easy to work out what colour to paint each block. Lightly pen­cil the name of the re­quired colour on the blocks so you can re­mem­ber what paint to use. This de­sign re­quires two small pieces in each of the four colours, six large pieces in three of the colours and five large pieces in one of the colours. Ap­ply two coats of colour to each block – be care­ful not to fill the holes with paint as this will re­strict the cord from thread­ing through. Al­low plenty of time to dry thor­oughly be­tween coats. 6 When dry, lay the pieces out again in the fi­nal de­sign. Thread ny­lon cord through the holes, leav­ing plenty of length at each end so you can tie a knot. Twist­ing the cord as you go makes it a lit­tle eas­ier and less likely to catch. 7 Tie a sim­ple knot at each end as tightly as you can and as close to the wood as pos­si­ble. Ap­ply the flame of a lighter to the knot to melt it slightly – this will pre­vent it fray­ing and com­ing un­done. Now you can place your hand­crafted mas­ter­piece at the door to wel­come – and im­press – your visi­tors.

“TIP: To make a non-slip sur­face, add a lit­tle sand to the paint. ”

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