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Make this quirky painted DIY doormat in under 1 hour

I have been wanting to make this stenciled painted DIY doormat for sometime so here it goes! FINALLY! This a really great DIY project for beginners (see some other beginner DIY’s here) and can easily be done in an afternoon of creative bliss. It literally took Melanie and I under 20 minutes to do this DIY.

Your doormat is the first thing people see when before they enter into your home. It should be a reflection of your personal style and possibly sense of humor. Anyone can purchase a doormat at a store, but add some personalisation to yours by making one yourself. I used the free ‘LillyBelle‘ font to make my stencil.

DIY Painted stenciled doormat tutorial with moroccan inspired hexagonal floor tiles

What you will need for this DIY doormat?

What you need to make your own DIY doormat

  • A plain Coir or Jute doormat (I purchased mine, a 40x60cm one from Mr Price Home, they retail for around R100 – R120)
  • A stencil of sorts. I cut a vinyl stencil on my Silhouette Cameo but you can use a pre-bought stencil or cut one yourself
  • Sponge Brush or Stencil Brush
  • Some Acrylic paint in the color of your choice, note that you can also use a spray paint but it does not always give clear outlines
  • A Sharpie pen or permanent marker
  • A clear Spray on sealant – I prefer making use of the Rust-Oleum Painters Touch 2x cover
  • Some masking or painters tape to cover up the parts of the mat that you don’t want to get paint on

How to make your own stenciled painted DIY doormat

  1. Make your own stencil or use a bought one.

  2. Position your stencil on top of your mat
  3. Outline the stencil on your mat using the Sharpie pen or if you are brave, skip to step 3.
  4. If you are using spray paint you can start spraying, alternatively either paint your design within the stencil lines using a brush or stencil it on using a sponge brush. It is important not to paint but rather dab the brush onto the mat. Also, be sure that you do not paint too thick as it will cause clotting.

  5. Carefully remove the vinyl or stencil in one smooth motion.

  6. Wait for the paint to dry completely before sealing your design making use of a clear sealant

Some DIY doormat ideas of what you can put on your mat

  • Clever sayings like ‘Look at those shoes!’, ‘Pretty Pretty’, ‘Welcome’, ‘Oh Hello’, ‘Yay it is you!’ or more.
  • A lovilee design or emoji – just remember that the more intricate the design the more difficult it will be to paint
  • Geometric shapes in various colors
  • Personalise these mats to say something like ‘Welcome to the <>’
  • Monograms

DIY Painted stenciled doormat tutorial with moroccan inspired hexagonal floor tiles

These DIY doormats are perfect for use at your own home but also make for great and unique housewarming gifts. Once you start I can guarantee that you will be addicted to start churning out more!

Now all that is left to do is to hope that our pup does not decide to eat the mat for supper!

A big thank you to Melanie Wessels Photography for the lovilee images!

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  1. Hello

    Would you consider selling me 2 stencils for DIY doormats?

    I would like YAY ITS YOU and HELLO BEAUTIFUL please

    I’m based in Durban so happy to pay courier


    • Kari

      Definitely will, popping you a direct mail

  2. Hello!

    I’m making a doormat for myself and a friend. Hubby has concerns about the type of paint. Did your acrylic hold up ok? Have you tried any others that work better?

    We are shooting for them to survive a few seasons! Lofty goals lol

    Thanks for your time!

    • Kari

      Hello Amy,

      I painted mine in Feb and it is still perfect. I did however seal it with the Rust-Oleum spray on sealant and it is not in direct rain, we have a small roof under our entrance area but the mat gets walked over at least once a week.

      I have not tried any other paint. I saw that some people made use of spraypaint online but the end result was not as crisp at the one that I painted. I am sure that you can maybe give enamel a try?

      Mine is still as it was on day 1

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