How to Make Your Own Doormat

Finished DIY doormat
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  • 01 of 06

    Customize Your Welcome Mat

    Mat on porch.
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    You never get a second chance at a first impression—and the entryway to your home is no exception. A pretty color paint on your front door, plants, and a playful door knocker can all help add that little something extra. But why not go all out and top off those touches with a witty doormat. While buying a pricey version might not seem practical, you can DIY your own with your favorite clever phrase, quote, or even just a simple hello.

    Depending on how confident you feel wielding a paintbrush, there are a few ways you can execute this money-saving craft.

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  • 02 of 06

    Gather Your Materials

    doormat materials
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    While this is definitely not the only way to create your doormat, you might see a few different methods on how to DIY it depending on where you look. Consider this a tutorial for beginners who might not want to spend too much extra money on materials.

    The below materials are what was used for this particular look. While craft paint is always pretty durable, We’d recommend using outdoor craft paint for this project for that extra protection. A common misconception is that using stencils is easier than tracing, but painting over stencils can go horribly wrong if the paint bleeds through the edges.

    • A plain doormat (IKEA has the best deal)
    • Outdoor craft paint
    • Adhesive letters
    • Painter’s tape
    • Ruler and measuring tape
    • An angled paintbrush (firmer bristles)
    • Pencil or Sharpie marker
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  • 03 of 06

    Figure out Your Design

    measuring out the design
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    Start by deciding what you want to put on your doormat. Maybe it’s one of your favorite quotes, a pretty pattern, or a favorite illustration. But before you even look at your paintbrush, you’re going to want to figure out what your plan is. If you don’t think you’re very crafty, using block-y letters might be an easier way to start than diving right into an intricate script. So try your own personal spin on a doormat that you just didn’t want to spend extra cash on.

    Also, worth noting that darker colors should be applied first if you’re planning on layering lighter colors on top because the fibers in the mat will absorb the paint. Darker colors, in general, look better and wear better than lighter ones.

    Measure out and mark where you’ll be placing your letters. Yes, it’s an extra step, but it’s necessary so your letters don’t look slanted when you’re done.

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  • 04 of 06

    Apply the Paint

    Apply the paint
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    Once you know where you want to place your phrase, apply the adhesive letters. Check and double-check your spelling, it would be a real disappointment to get to the end of the project only to realize you made a mistake. Depending on what color you’re going to paint your letters, trace each with a pencil. Since we went with black paint, we used a Sharpie marker to trace the outside of the letters. Work to remove the adhesive letters and you should be left with shapes that you can now paint in. For a precise edge, work slowly and use the straight edge of the paintbrush instead of full paint strokes to cover those lines.

    Once your letters are painted, if you want to add graphics or larger painted areas, let the letters dry completely first. You may need to go back and do a second coat if the fibers are soaking up the paint.

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  • 05 of 06

    Let the Paint Dry

    Let the paint dry.
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    Definitely resist the desire to immediately throw this cute new mat right onto the front porch. While it might look like it’s already dry, the paint does take some time to soak in, so it might look dry, but it won’t be dry to the touch. Store it somewhere cool and safe for a few days to make sure you don’t smudge your design.


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  • 06 of 06

    Put It on the Porch

    Mat on porch.
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    Place your mat on the porch. While it's outdoor craft paint, we'd recommend that you place your mat in a covered area that's protected from the elements. Sun, water, or ice will all fade the paint over time. A little protection will help your design last longer.

    Because this project is a quick DIY and relatively inexpensive, you can always refresh your design or phrase if you get bored. Your guests are guaranteed to enjoy a visit to your home before you even open your front door.