The DIY Doormat You Need This Halloween

Or for any month of the year, really.

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A DIY customized doormat welcomes family, friends and visitors to your home and reflects your inner creativity and personal style. A few simple supplies and a cheeky message can easily add a bit of character to your front door.

What You'll Need

  • coir mat
  • craft knife
  • text template
  • painter's tape
  • sponge brush
  • acrylic paint

Print Template

To get started, you’re going to need access to a computer and printer. We created this cheeky message in an illustrator program using the Arial Black font in all caps. Print template in landscape format.

Tape Off Mat

Cover blank coir doormat with thick painter's tape. This will help minimize paint from leaking through onto parts of the mat you don’t want stained.

Once your doormat is completely covered, place your printed template over the mat and pin into the desired position.

Cut Out Template

Using a craft knife, carefully cut out your letters on your printed template. When your template is cut out, re-secure any spots where the painter’s tape may have moved or loosened.

Paint Design

Saturate your sponge brush with paint and gently press it into the bristles of the mat. Do not rub or stroke the brush or you risk moving your stencil and getting paint where it doesn’t belong. Allow first coat to dry completely then apply a second coat.

Display and Enjoy

To finish your project, gently remove the pins and stencil to reveal your message!

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