Hi friends! I’m Beth from Sawdust and Embryos! If you aren’t familiar with my blog… my husband and I have twin girls. Twin TODDLER girls. Drama City. Let’s just say they’re very ‘spirited’ and strong-willed. As parents we’re learning to choose our battles. And with regards to discipline, since they aren’t quite old enough to understand ‘loss of privilege’, we’ve embraced the Time Out method for now. I would like to introduce you to THE CORNER:

The Time Out Corner ~ DIY Time-Out Rug {Sawdust and Embryos}

This is the place in our home that we’ve designated for the girls to go to calm down and ‘re-boot’ in times of toddler crisis. However, when we go away for the weekend or visit family for holidays, it becomes complicated because they’re in an unfamiliar environment with all kinds of other distractions. I decided to purchase a little carpet square (AKA Portable Time-out Mat) from our local hardware store for a measly $1.

Carpet Square Time-Out Mat {Sawdust and Embryos}

I told my friend Dana of my plans (she has a vinyl Etsy shop) and she drafted up a couple designs for me using the phrase ‘It’s all fun and games until somebody gets a TIME OUT’. This is the one I chose.

Dana's Decals N Decor {Sawdust and Embryos}

She cut it for me on her industrial vinyl-cutting machine (if you have a Silhouette or Cricut you could use that too). I centered that bad-boy on my carpet square, pressed down, and pulled off the backing verrrrry slowly.

Time-Out Mat ~ using vinyl as a stencil {Sawdust & Embryos}

Using Vinyl as a Stencil ~ Time-Out Mat! {Sawdust and Embryos}

I taped off the edges and spray-painted! I let it dry and off-gas for several days… no need for fume-y chemicals around my precious babes!

Vinyl as a Stencil {Sawdust and Embryos}

I expected some bleeding since the rug isn’t a smooth surface, but the edges were surprisingly clean!

Using Vinyl as a Stencil on a Rug {Sawdust and Embryos}

Portable Time-out Mat ~ using vinyl to stencil a carpet square! {Sawdust and Embryos}

It fits perfectly in ‘The Corner’, and has proven very effective with out disciplining endeavors. The girls know they need to be on the mat and simmer down, and for the most part (miraculously) they don’t fight it! And I’m happy to report after several months, the paint has hardly faded at all.

Here’s Della giving it a try shortly after she got caught jumping on the couch.

DIY Time-Out Rug... customized and portable! {using vinyl as a stencil} SAWDUST AND EMBRYOS

I can assure you that no babies were harmed in the making of this blog post… and my girl Della got lots of hugs and kisses after I took this pathetic photo of her. I should also mention that this post is not sponsored by Dana’s Decals N Décor… she’s just my friend and does an amazing job with her vinyl business. If you’d like to purchase this ‘Time-Out Mat vinyl’, that listing is here.

Be sure to come on over to my blog Sawdust and Embryos and snoop around for a bit! There’s lots of inspiration to be had! And if you’re interested in seeing some other projects that we’ve done using vinyl as a stencil, you can click on each link below to be directed to that post.

Orang End Table Using Vinyl as a STENCIL!! {Sawdust and Embryos}_thumb
Chalkboard Cubes Woodgrain Desk
Woodgrain Profile Plaques Wine Rack
Butterfly Dresser {Sawdust and Embryos} Fingerpainting Craft for Toddlers {Sawdust and Embryos}
Woodgrain Vine Coffee Table 3-Tier organization using old tins and candlesticks {Sawdust & Embryos}

Have a great weekend!

Bethany {Sawdust and Embryos}


  1. Jennifer says

    The idea is cute, she probably could have passed on the crying toddler photo. Not everything has to be photographed and shown to the world. “you are in trouble, but mommy needs more hits to her blog so look at me!”.

    • Brooke says

      Hi Jennifer,
      The thing I absolutely LOVE about Beth is how real she is. I think the toddler photo is a great example of how parenthood can be. As a mother of four, I understand her perspective and can TOTALLY relate. I love Beth’s creativity and the rug is a great/practical way to help teach our kiddos when they need a gentle reminder to be nice and listen. I disagree about your “Mommy needs more hits comment” wholeheartedly. Beth’s girls are her life, not her blog. I suggest getting to know her better by visiting her blog.

  2. says

    This is such a great idea! I especially love that it is portable. I may get around to at least purchasing a “square” piece of rug myself for my little guy. We can pick a spot at home & bring it with us while we camp this summer. Love it! Also, I love the little pouty face. I agree with Brooke, totally relatable!

  3. Miranda M says

    LOL that first comment is quite the interpretation but I loved your response Brooke! So often all we see is the glamorous side of a blogger’s life , which, hey, for someone continuously sharing their lives to help us better ours *looking at you and all your amazingly helpful DIY’s!* I say they are welcome to show the beauty when they do all the hard work. It is especially nice to be able to see that babies cry, and mothers…mother. Woop woop to her! And thank you for always sharing your amazing ideas you worked so hard to perfect and showing us other hard workers who can make our endeavors easier :)

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