Learn how to make a painted doormat – use this technique for the holidays or year-round!
The holidays are here and life is jolly…and busy. This time of year always seems to fly by, but half of the fun of the season is all of the beautiful lights and decorations. Sometimes time gets away from us over the next few months, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to squeeze in a few great DIYs.
Today let’s talk about a DIY that anyone has the time (and skill) to create. It’s a painted doormat that should take you less than an hour to complete!
The ONLY tools you need to DIY
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Show off your creativity and personality with this one. This DIY is very versatile and you can make your doormats as simple or as complicated as your heart desires. To prove it, I’ve designed three doormats to give you extra inspiration!
Alright, enough chatting, let’s grab a paintbrush and start DIYing!
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- Paintbrushes (see the photo below to see which types we found the most useful)
- Optional: stencil or cardstock to create a stencil
What You’ll Need
How to Make a DIY Painted Doormat
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Step 1: Choose your design
This might be the hardest step. Do you want to stick with something classic? Or maybe a witty quote? We’re going to start out with a classic “Merry Christmas” doormat!
optional Step 2: make your stencil
This step is optional. In fact, we freehanded the whole “let it snow” mat which you can see at the end of this post. For the other doormats, I created the patterns on Illustrator and uploaded them into the Cricut Design Space to cut out on cardstock. If you don’t have a Cricut or Silhouette, you can print your design on cardstock and then use a utility knife to cut out the design.
Step 3: paint your doormat
We started with all of our stencil work. Tape won’t stick to the mat when you place your stencil, so you will need to keep it in place with your hand. Then we moved onto the words. As you can see in the photo below, we had some trouble with our stencils for the words. Rather than trying to recut the stencil, we just lined one letter at a time with paint and then went back and thickened the lines.
While stenciling (and painting) your mat, the quickest way to get full coverage is to dab your mat using your paintbrush. Keep your paintbrush straight up and down for the straightest lines. If you use this method, one coat should be enough coverage!
Side note: I’d highly recommend Americana multi-surface paints for this project over another acrylic paint. It gives great coverage and they are more durable than the standard acrylic version. With something that’s going to be touched constantly, durability is key!
Tips for freehanding: If you’re going to freehand a part (or all) of your design, you can first mock it up using chalk on a piece of paper to get a feel for the spacing. Then you can line your paper up with your doormat and try to mimic the spacing using a light brush stroke.
When freehanding, I recommend painting as you normally would (except much lighter pressure), rather than using the dabbing method to start with. This will result in a much lighter outline so that you possibly have the chance to tweak it before applying the full coverage. Once you feel good about your design, then you can go back and trace over your design using the dabbing method.
There you have it! A quick and easy Christmas DIY to get you into the holiday spirit (even when it feels like there is no time)! So tell me, what design are you going to use on your doormat?