How to Make a Stenciled Fall Welcome Mat

Ready to spruce up your front porch for fall? Get creative with this DIY doormat. It's fun to make, and your design options are endless.

Greet Guests With a Fall-Friendly DIY Doormat

Greet Guests With a Fall-Friendly DIY Doormat

Guests will appreciate a clever greeting on a fall-friendly doormat. We made this one with some craft paint and stencils!

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Materials Needed

  • plain doormat
  • craft paper
  • scissors
  • adhesive spray
  • stencil blanks
  • spray paint, in desired color (we used black)
  • acrylic craft paint, in desired colors (we used red, plum, brown)
  • paint palette
  • foam paintbrush

Lay Out Design

Print out your design, then cut it out and lay it on the doormat. (You can download our Autumn Daze printable or design your own.) Play with spacing and tweak it until you’re happy with the design. Tape the papers together to get the spacing just right between the letters.

Step 1- Lay Out Design

Step 1- Lay Out Design

Print out the greeting and/or design. Cut it out and lay it on the door mat- play with spacing and tweak until you’re happy with the design. Tape the papers together to get spacing just right between letters. Use a measuring tape and yard stick as a straight edge.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Trace Onto Stencil Blank

Once layout is determined, place a stencil blank on top and trace lettering and any artwork with a pencil. (Secure the printout to the stencil paper using painter’s tape.)

Step 2- Trace onto Stencil Blank

Step 2- Trace onto Stencil Blank

Once lay out is determined, place a stencil blank on top and trace lettering and any artwork with a pen. HINT- Secure the printout to the stencil paper using painter’s tape.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Cut Out Stencil

Using a utility knife on the cutting mat, carefully cut out the stencil. Keep the smaller pieces together to use them in the next step.

Step 3- Cut Out Stencil

Step 3- Cut Out Stencil

Using a craft knife on the cutting matte, carefully cut out the stencil. Keep the smaller pieces together to use them in the next step.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Secure Stencil 

Lightly spray adhesive to the backside of your stencils (Image A), then press firmly into place. For smaller areas, like the interior of an "A" use masking tape to ensure clean edges. Trace the shape onto the tape, then cut it out (Image B, C).

Mask With Craft Paper

Mask off area around edges of your design and between lettering with craft paper. Secure with painter’s tape to the table you’re working on.

Step 5- Mask with Craft Paper

Step 5- Mask with Craft Paper

Mask off area around edges of your design and between lettering with craft paper. Secure with painter’s tape to the table you’re working on.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Spray-Paint Text

Spray-paint the letters. Avoid painting at an angle, as the paint may seep under the stencil paper. Allow to dry for a few minutes before moving on to the detail work.

Step 6- Spray Paint Text

Step 6- Spray Paint Text

Spray paint the letters about 8 inches away with a light, sweeping motion directly overhead. Avoid painting at an angle, as the paint may seep under the stencil paper and muddy up that crisp, clean edge you’re going for. Allow this to dry for a few minutes before moving on to the detail work to avoid any smudging.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Finishing Touches

Cut away craft paper to reveal other parts of the design ready to be painted with acrylics. Using a stencil brush, add color with acrylic craft paints (Image A). Blend colors to give your design more depth. Allow to dry fully before removing the craft paper and displaying your doormat (Image B).

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