Learn how to get an adorable DIY doormat to create the perfect layered look for your front porch decor. This fall doormat example shows you how easy it is to create your own coco mat using a Cricut or Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.
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How to Make a DIY Doormat
I certainly didn’t invent these cute coconut coir doormats with clever phrases. However, I’ve made it my mission to create an easy DIY tutorial for craftsy folks on a budget.
(Hopefully, that’s why you’re here!)
If you want a quick video on making the doormat, check out my recent YouTube video queued up for that segment. There’s also plenty of other craft inspiration in there.
You can order coco coir doormats HERE or find them at your local craft store. I recently discovered a large assortment of fun pre-made stencils at Hobby Lobby if you want to skip the DIY stencil part.
Where’s the fun in that, though?
Notes for Cricut vs. Cameo Users
I’ll give you screenshots of my Silhouette Studio software below, but keep in mind the steps are nearly the same for Cricut machines.
CRICUT USERS: If you decide to download a cut file from the Silhouette Design Store, make sure you download the “SVG” version to use with Cricut Design Space.
- Coco coir doormat
- Stencil vinyl or heat transfer vinyl
- SVG Design
- Acrylic paint
- Stencil paintbrush
- Spray sealer
- Painter’s tape or masking tape
Scroll to the end of this post for more great stencil options and product links!
Step 1: Cut the stencil to size
To begin, I measured my doormat to figure out how large my lettering should be. I sized my phrase “Hello Fall” to be roughly 10 x 22 inches in my software.
Take note of how I oriented my page to feed the roll of vinyl.
Tip: Make sure you are using a roll of vinyl without a cutting mat.
Now, here’s another troubleshooting tip for those using older Silhouette Cameo machines. When feeding your vinyl without a cutting mat, move your vinyl a little left of the blue guiding marks on your machine.
Otherwise, the vinyl has a tendency to shift around because the left rollers can’t catch and hold the vinyl sheet. Trust me on this one!
Once your design is nicely cut, weed the letters you plan to transfer (i.e., remove the vinyl letters). Aaaand you’re ready to begin stenciling!
Step 2: Apply the stencil to the doormat
After using the stencil film for this project, I might suggest trying a thicker material for your DIY doormat, like regular matte vinyl or even heat transfer vinyl.
The reason I suggest a thicker vinyl is because the stencil film doesn’t adhere very easily to the coco fiber. In the end, I used a winning combo of painter’s tape and sewing pins to make sure my stencil stayed put. I’ll show that stencil who’s boss!
Everything turned out just fine in the end. However, I do think applying heat transfer vinyl with a hairdryer (to shrink it to the mat) would help the stencil stay in place.
Another option is making a freezer paper stencil. You would just attach freezer paper to a cutting mat and cut out your design in small sections.
Tip: Stencil film works best for projects with a hard, smooth surface like wood, glass, or plastic.
Step 3: Paint 3-4 coats of acrylic paint
Here’s the fun part! Using a very hard bristle paint brush dipped in acrylic paint, pounce the stencil gently in a vertical motion. Make sure you don’t disturb the lettering. My strategically placed pins helped me avoid pulling up the stencil.
Tip: Dab off any excess paint before pouncing to prevent the paint from bleeding.
Once you’ve applied 3-4 coats of paint, let the mat dry for 1-2 hours before removing the stencil. Then it’s time to admire your handiwork!
See the FAQs below for more details on other paint options.
Step 4: Remove stencil and apply sealer
Once you’ve removed your stencil, you’ll want to seal the mat. This helps weatherproof the doormat a bit and prevent the paint from wearing off too quickly.
I used this spray sealer for the job. It’s a great option for many craft projects. Just make sure you use it in a well-ventilated area and wear a mask if necessary.
After about 30 minutes, you’ll be ready to start welcoming your guests with a brand-spanking-new doormat!
I love how this project turned out. The mat adds such character to my front door. I hope you make one and love it, too! Feel free to tag me on Instagram @firstdayofhome to share your creations!
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FAQs: DIY Doormat
How long will the door mat last?
Like most coco mats, a DIY painted doormat may last 12-24 months with regular use. It can last a lot longer if you only use it only seasonally, especially on a covered porch. A lot depends on how much traffic it sees and how exposed it is to sunlight and rain.
Using outdoor acrylic paint can also help the mat last longer and withstand the elements.
You can always try touching up the paint as it fades and then sealing it again to extend its useful life.
Can you use spray paint instead?
Yes! You can absolutely use spray paint for coco coir mats as well. Choose one that is appropriate for outdoor use, and make sure the non-stenciled part of the mat is well covered before you spray.
Can you use polyurethane as a sealer?
Polyurethane spray is another good option for sealing a coir mat. However, many sealers are formulated for wood primarily. Make sure you choose one that is appropriate for various crafting projects.
Also, sealing the project is completely optional. It just helps protect the doormat from wear and tear.
As always, leave a comment if you have any questions or just want to say hello!