In just an hour and on a DIY budget, you can design and create a unique floor covering for the back deck.
To make an outdoor mat of interconnected cutout shapes all you need is a large piece of synthetic turf. We used fake grass with a long 35mm pile so it would feel lush underfoot.
Come up with the design or copy one, then make a cardboard template. Trace the shape onto cardboard, using a Sharpie to get a clear edge, then cut it out using scissors and a utility knife.
Fake grass is designed to withstand the weather, so the mat can be used under cover or left in the open and it won’t need more maintenance than an occasional shake or hose down.
Use a straightedge and compass for basic and geometric shapes, or draw stylised ones freehand. For more complicated shapes, find them online, print out and enlarge using a photocopier.
For more complicated shapes, find them online, print out and enlarge using a photocopier
For this project you will need turf, a cardboard template, a Sharpie and double-sided tape
A cutout design of stylised shapes makes a striking mat
Position a 1.8m piece of synthetic turf grass-side down on a flat surface. Attach a cardboard template to the back with double-sided tape and trace around it with chalk, moving the template to create the design.
Use a utility knife with a sharp blade to cut out the chalk-drawn shapes on the back of the synthetic turf, keeping the edges or points of the shapes attached to create a mat of interconnected shapes.