Here’s to hoping this DIY doormat gives our mailman a chuckle while he’s dropping off our 10th Amazon Prime purchase of the week!
If you drive by and see a house with a ton of boxes by their front door, you may think we have an online shopping problem. I won’t argue with you…it’s kind of out of control. I love me some Amazon Prime, and I appreciate the fact that I can shop in my pajamas without having to go outside and deal with a ton of people.
Though if I do have to go somewhere Target is where it’s at. Sometimes Chris comes home from work and if I’m not there I’ll immediately get a text asking what I needed at Target. He knows what’s up. 😜
So I finally decided to finish that DIY doormat I’ve been talking about for over a year with a funny quip about our shopping/vacation habits. Because I think the mailman needs a good laugh when he comes to our door dropping off packages week after week.
It’s a little crazy to think that when I was younger online shopping wasn’t really a thing. At least, not until I was a teenager. My mom used to drag us to store after store buying groceries, clothes, and whatever else we needed. Which really wasn’t a huge deal until you had to stand in a long check-out line at the local Walmart. What’s more boring to a 7 year old than a check-out line?
So I’m grateful that we have things like Amazon Prime and Target online in case I don’t want to get out of my pajamas and run to the store. Because, it happens more often than I care to admit. I like my pajamas y’all, don’t get between me and my comfort clothes.
If I’m being honest, my world consists of Target runs, browsing Amazon Prime for things I probably don’t really need and relaxing Disney vacations. And coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. But since we’re just talking about my shopping + vacation habits here I only put those on the doormat. Plus, Chris doesn’t drink coffee so…..that one got the ax.
This DIY doormat is
- easy, and
- perfect for beginners!
Let’s make our own easy DIY DOORMAT!
- Coir Doormat (I got mine from Target for $9.99)
- Americana Decor Outdoor Paint, black
- Sponge Brush or Stencil Brush
- Freezer Paper OR Stencil Vinyl (I always use Oramask 813)\
- Flex Seal Spray (highly recommended to keep your mats looking great for longer periods of time)
- Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Machine
+ Cut out your design with your cutting machine (OR you could cut it out with an exacto knife if you don’t own a cutting machine!).
PRO TIP: If you’re using freezer paper, place the shiny side down on your cutting mat.
+ Lay your design down on your mat. If you’re using stencil vinyl, press it into the mat and secure the edges with painters tape to keep it from moving around on you.
If you’re using freezer paper grab an iron and turn it on to the cotton setting. Then iron the freezer paper down on the mat (even though it’s stuck to the mat you will be able to easily pull it up once you’re down painting!
+ Using your outdoor paint and brush, use a dabbing motion to paint along the stencil. Using the dabbing technique will stop your paint from bleeding through the stencil.
Do two layers.
+ Once the layers are dry take a smaller brush (this step is optional) and go over your design again. This will help you get paint in all the little spaces you may have missed with a bigger brush.
This helps make the letters look more defined and clear from far away!
+ After all the layers are dry you should seal your mat. This is especially important if your mat is going to be exposed to weather. There are three ways to do this:
- Use a layer of mod podge before you take off the stencil,
- Spray polycrylic over the mat, OR
- Use Flex Seal Spray.
Flex Seal Spray is what crafters in the Silhouette Groups I’m in swear by, especially those who sell these mats in their stores.
WARNING: these mats have a very short shelf life, usually around 6 months before they fade. Sealing your design will help keep the design from fading as quickly, but they will still fade.
And while the mat itself was pretty easy to paint, I still have a few ideas on how to make this even easier for anyone wanting to attempt to make their own.
My favorite must-use tips are:
- Use a bold typeface for your stencil. Those skinny fonts may look pretty but it’s much easier to paint if you have a really bold font on your DIY doormat.
- For a cheap (and easy!) way to cut a stencil, use freezer paper from the grocery store.
- Grab a tiny paintbrush so that you can go over the letters after the initial layer of paint dries. A tiny brush helps you get into all the small crevices, which helps make your letters look bold and more defined.
- DO NOT USE transfer tape to put your stencil on the mat. Placing Oramask 813 on the mat is very forgiving so you can just pick up the pieces and lay them yourself. I used transfer tape and think that’s what made placing the vinyl such a headache.
This project may seem a bit intimidating at first (hello, it took me a year to finally make!) but it really is easy. The hardest part was trying to place the stencil on the mat, though that was mostly due to using transfer tape. Once you get the hang of it you’ll want to make a new mat for every season!
Which, I may or may not do. 😉
If you’re ready for spring + summer DIY’s, check these out!
I’m really anxious to see how long this doormat lasts through all the summer storms and sunshine we’ll get over the next few months. We do not have a front porch so it’ll be exposed all season long. Here’s to hoping sealing the mat gives it a long life. (may the odds be ever in it’s favor)