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How to Stencil an Outdoor Doormat

You will love this simple DIY! Creating your own customized doormat using your Cricut is easier than you might think! Follow this tutorial to learn how to stencil an outdoor doormat.

Each month, members of The Thrifty Style Team share creative, budget-friendly ideas for your home. This amazing group is hosted by my talented friend Julie, from Redhead Can Decorate. Please be sure to check out her post, along with the rest of the team for some budget-friendly Summer BBQ Picnic Ideas. Each of their posts are linked at the end of mine.

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I’ve recently joined this fabulous group of talented ladies. In case you missed it, I had shared this easy side table makeover, using an old table that I had belonged to my grandparents. This Decoupaged Pretty Planter was such an easy and inexpensive DIY using craft paint and napkins.

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Customized doormats are a very popular way to dress up your porch, but they can also be quite pricy. I recently saw this adorable Sunny Days Mat from McGee and Co. I had it in my cart, but couldn’t quite justify the $70 price tag. I kept thinking, “I bet I could make that.”

Can you relate?

DIY stenciled outdoor doormat

So, I did! My doormat turned out to be pretty close to my inspiration, and for a fraction of the price.

Creating your own customized doormat using your Cricut is easier than you might think! Follow this tutorial to learn how to stencil an outdoor doormat.

Materials needed:

How to Create a Customized Stencil in Cricut

screenshot of cricut design space for doormat design
  1. First, in Cricut Design Space, choose your text to create your message. I used the font, Futura. Don’t forget to attach your letters to maintain the correct spacing!
  2. Use Cricut stencil vinyl on your cutting mat.
  3. Cut your vinyl. 
  4. Once all of the cutting is done, you need to weed your vinyl. This means you need to use your weeding tool to remove the stencil vinyl lettering from the vinyl, so that you just have the stencil left.

How to Stencil an Outdoor Doormat

Now that you have your stencil, it’s time to start creating your customized doormat!

  • First, measure your stencil and your doormat. Position your stencil to your liking.
  • Once you are happy with where you have your stencil placed, use painter’s to secure the stencil to your coir doormat. The stencil has a little adhesive, but doesn’t really stick to the coir mat. It is best to use the painter’s tape to secure it into place.
coir mat with diy stencil
  • Now it’s time to stencil! Pour some paint in a paper plate. I used some leftover Fusion Mineral Paint, in the color Ash. It’s a rich, dark gray, almost black color.
  • Using your brush, dab the paint into the letters. I first used a sponge stenciling brush, but felt like the paint wasn’t getting into the fibers of the coir doormat. I switched to a small paint brush. The lettering took about 4 coats of paint, with a little time to dry between coats.
  • When the paint is dry, carefully peel back the stencil to reveal the lettering.
  • Following the directions on the spray paint, generously spray the lettering with a clear, durable topcoat spray paint. This will ensure that your doormat will stand up to foot traffic.
cdiy stenciled oir mat with final top coat

That’s it! Such a fun outdoor doormat for your summer porch! I may even make others to go with my patriotic porch decor and my coastal porch decor.

For some more budget-friendly patriotic summertime ideas, head over and visit my creative and talented friends! You will be inspired by all of the amazing ideas they have to share with you!

Thrifty Style Team

Redhead Can Decorate – 10 Simple Summer Picnic Party Ideas

Our Crafty Mom – 25 4th of July Decorations

I Should Be Mopping the Floor – Easy Firecracker Craft

The How to Home – 10 Easy Crafts and Recipes for the 4th of July

DIY Beautify – 5 Summer Picnic Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

2 Bees in a Pod – 9 Patriotic Decor Ideas

Postcards From the Ridge – How to Make Everyday Items Look Patriotic

The Tattered Pew – 5 Thrifty and Simple Patriotic Decorating Ideas for Summer

Cottage on Bunker Hill – My Favorite Summer Project Ideas

Vinyet Etc. – Vintage Inspired Wreath for Canada Day

Amy Sadler Designs – Fourth of July Home Decor Ideas Using Fabric Scraps

My Family Thyme – How to Stencil an Outdoor Mat

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view of completed diy stenciled mat

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  1. Lynne I have always wanted to try my hand at this. Thank you for sharing your tips and inspiration. Your mat turned out so cute…happy summer to you!!!

  2. This is such a clever idea! I love finding new ways to use my cricut machine and stenciling a doormat is genius! Pinned!

  3. This is absolutely darling and I love the tip about applying the top coat. Years and years ago, when my kids were little, I made a glow-in-the-dark doormat for Halloween and could never figure out how to keep it looking like new so I can’t wait dig out the mat and spray it before October.

  4. Fantastic idea! I’ll have to remember the topcoat spray, that’s such a great way to protect your adorable mat!

  5. This is so, so cute!!! Can you believe I’ve never tried a Cricut before??? Happy Summer friend!!

  6. This is adorable! What a great tutorial and it can be custom made to anyone’s liking! So good!

  7. This is so creative! I love the idea of making a door mat! You made it look so easy, I just might try it! Pinning it now! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Day! Donna

  8. You and I think alike Lynne! The thought “I can make that” keeps me busy! Your mat is welcoming! Pinned

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