DIY Custom Door Mat
Written and photographed by Amy of A Blossoming Life
Hey y’all I am Amy from the blog A Blossoming Life and I’m so excited to be here on Kelly’s blog sharing one of my frugal DIY projects. I love to blog about DIY projects, all things frugal and natural! Currently, the hubs and I are venturing into buying a house so there will be lots of home projects on the horizon.
Do you ever have those moments were you are just like “Egh, when did that start to look so bad? Need to fix this right. this. second!” This tends to happen at our house. It’s actually how most things get done around here. Ha! Sadly true. We got this door mat 2 and some years ago, right before we got married. Well it has definitely seen better days, but I didn’t want to just throw it out. So I grabbed some spray paint and gave it a little freshening up. By the way, I love doing new projects because sometimes they don’t work out the first time. You have to learn and think outside the box. Lets just say that this might have happened with this project…. Ahem.
- Old rubber mat- Use the back of the rubber mat if the front still has fuzz on it like mine did
- Outdoor spray paint (I chose Valspar Spring Sprout as the base color)
- Painter’s tape
- Exacto knife
- Sharpie marker
- Acrylic outdoor craft paint
Directions: Clean off the back of the mat with soap and water and allow to air dry. In a well ventilated area, spray paint entire mat the base color. Make sure to protect the surrounding area with a tarp. Since the mat was black, it needed around 4 coats of paint. Luckily the Valspar paint I used says to only wait 5 minutes between coats.
While waiting for the mat to dry, I created a custom saying on Picmonkey.com, saved it as a picture, put the picture into a word document so I could make it as big as possible, and printed it. Get PDF here
With an Exacto knife, I cut out the letters. Make sure to put something behind the paper so you don’t cut into anything you don’t want to. Then I taped down the paper onto the mat and traced the letters using a Sharpie marker.
Next I painted the letters in using a small paintbrush and outdoor acrylic craft paint. I applied 2 coats of black paint. To make the arrows Draw a straight line using a ruler and a black Sharpie marker. To make the triangles I used a cookie cutter, traced it with a sharpie, and then painted it in with craft paint. For extra protection from the elements, spray with a outdoor sealer. That’s all there is to it! Not to shabby if I don’t say so myself!
This project was super fun and easy to make! The best part is the possibilities are endless. You could put your last name, initials, use fun stencils, or just funny quotes! What do you think? How would you customize your door mat?
Thanks Kelly for letting me share this fun and easy tutorial!