DIY-ing is so therapeutic to me. I can’t decide what I love more: how great it is to use your hands to create something or seeing a finished product that you made yourself.
So while I definitely could have bought a cute doormat at Target or on Etsy, I decided to create my own instead. After SO MUCH research on doormats (see my entire Pinterest board here), I decided to go with something slightly seasonal to get me and the roomies through the cold months. While “IT’S F#CKING COLD OUT” was a definite option on the phrase list, I decided to go with “COME ON IN THERE’S WINE” so as to not offend the mailman.
What you need:
- Doormat (I found mine at Home Depot)
- Spray Adhesive
- Black Spray paint
- Craft Paper (I bought a big green sheet of paper at CVS)
- Exacto Knife
- A handlful of push pins
- Decide on a phrase. This is by far the hardest part.
- Map out your phrase on the craft paper, using a pencil and ruler. While many people end up printing out a font, I don’t have a printer and my block lettering skillz are okay so I decided to do it by hand. Other option is to print your letters, cut them out, trace them and then cut them out again. Whatever floats your boat.
- After the phrase is mapped, exacto-knife out all of the lines, remembering where you need to have color, and where you don’t. I almost cut across the lines of the triangles in the N’s a few times when I wasn’t supposed to. ALSO remember to keep the inside of your O’s (and your R’s, A’s, B’s D’s, P’s and Q’s if you have them. This is essential.)
- Go outside and spray adhesive on your mat. Make sure it wait a minute so it can get sticky.
- Lay your stencil to your mat, pressing down to build a connection. Don’t worry, the doormat is porous and the stencil won’t be down for too long, so it’s best to try to lay this as flat as possible. If I could go back and do any part of this over, I would spend more time here to adhere the two pieces. It will help you get as clean lines as possible.
- Add in the middle of the characters, and pin them down so they stay.
- Consider pinning down any other little bits that won’t stay flush.
- Shake the spray paint like usual and start spraying in even strokes, over your stencil. This will take a few layers, so go back as necessary. You only get one shot! Make sure it’s black.
- Let dry for 5 minutes.
- Pull off the stencil and let dry for a few hours before putting out for people to step on!
- Impress your friends with your DIY decor skills before they even walk in the door.