Have you seen all the cute and witty doormats on Instagram and Pinterest? Wondering where exactly they found something so fun or maybe have an idea for one of your own? If you’re up for a little crafting, look no further because you can DIY your own custom front doormat. It’s easier than you think!
As you can see, I created mine for fall, but since you’re starting with a blank slate, you can let your creativity run wild. Think Christmas, Summer, funny sayings, anything you want!
I will put in a disclaimer that I created my custom doormat using my Cricut to cut out the words. Any cutting machine – Cricut, Silhouette, or any other die cut machine – works great. You can also use stencils or create your doormat free handed.
If you’re interested in getting a die cutting machine, I love my Cricut Explore Air 2 and highly recommend it!
Create Your Own Custom Doormat
To create your own custom door mat, the first thing you need to do is come up with a fun idea. Check out some fun ones on Pinterest to get your mind working!
Once you know what you want your doormat to say, you’ll need some supplies.
What You Need
First you need a blank Coir doormat in any shade beige. I recommend getting a mat that is 18″ x 30″ for a standard front door fit and plenty of workspace for your project! Here are a few options that you can order for just around $10 a mat.
Think about the colors you want to use in your custom front doormat and purchase said colors in acrylic paint.
You will use more paint than you realize, so if you’ll be using all black or a lot of one color, I recommend getting a larger bottle to work with.
You’ll need a large paint brush for the majority of your project. I recommend these jumbo paint brushes from Creatology.
Then you’ll possibly want to go over smaller designs with a skinnier paint brush like I did on my leaf stems.
Your stencil can be created many different ways:
- using a custom cutting machine
- using a printer and cutting out the stencil
- purchasing premade stencils from craft stores
Related Post: Easy, DIY Christmas Ornaments for Kids
How to Make It
1. Print out your design or grab your stencils.
Like I said above, you’ll need a cutting machine if you want to make a custom design, or you can choose to use stencils. Stencils work great for this project as well!
2. Lay out design exactly how you want it.
The stickers can be moved once you place them, but be careful!
**If using a print out or store bought stencil, be sure the tape around the edges of your stencil so it doesn’t move!
3. Choose your paint colors.
I recommend squirting the colors you want to use onto a paper plate for easy access. If you plan to use a lot of one color, you can even use a disposable or plastic cup.
One thing to note is that you will likely need more paint than you think!
4. Paint your mat.
Dab paint brush into paint and onto mat. No strokes, just dabs.
That’s right, no strokes. Simply dab the paint over your stencil over and over again. Press the bristles of the paint brush into the bristles of the mat to get the paint to go a little deeper than surface level! Not too hard, just enough to get the soaked in a bit.
5. Continue dabbing paint until stencils are all filled.
Just keep on dabbing! You’ll want to do about 3 coats of paint to get the full color effect.
6. Remove stencils.
When you’re done dabbing paint on all of your stencils, remove to see how it turned out! If
7. Add additional art if you desire!
You can see in the photo before that we chose to add some additional art besides our words! The leaves were created with a handmade stencil and my pumpkin as well as my sister’s design (left) were created freehand.
This is your own custom DIY front doormat, so get creative and make it your own!
8. Place mat at your front door and show all your friends!
Now you’re ready to DIY your own custom front doormat!
Take these tips and run with them. Use them loosely or follow my instructions to a T. Whichever you decide, you’ll end up with a beautiful custom creation that you’ll love welcoming all of your guests.
Before to pin this craft before you go! Follow me on Pinterest for more fun ideas.
If you like this craft, check out some of my fun holiday DIY:
- Easy, DIY Christmas Ornaments for Kids
- How to Create the Perfect Themed Christmas Tree
- DIY Ornament Wreath
- Make Your Own JOY Decor
What type of doormat do you want to create? Something for the holidays or something witty?
Feel free to ask any questions about this craft in the comments or e-mail me!