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Make Your Own Doormat- Easy DIY Doormat Tutorial!

Learn how to easily make your own doormat with a few items. A DIY doormat can be personalized with any words or pictures!

Hi Friends!  It’s finally Spring around here!  I absolutely love spring colors and the slightly warmer weather, but I’m not a fan of all the spring allergies that kick up here in Sacramento. 

It seems to get worse every year and one of my kiddos has a terrible time with spring allergies, which fortunately allergy shots have been a lifesaver for us! 

So, for this project, I thought I’d bring Spring and helping keep pollen outside together and show you how to easily make your own doormat!  

make your own doormat

Painted coir mats are easy to make with just a few products.  You can make a DIY doormat however you want, depending on if you have an electronic cutting machine or not. 

You all know how I feel about my beloved Cricut though!  I think everyone should have one if possible and you can read all about awesome Cricut ideas here. 

I painted the butterfly and flower using a felt decoration from the Dollar Tree and I used my Cricut to cut out the Welcome stencil. 

So, if you have a cutting machine, I even have a file you can download of different “Welcome” fonts you can use to make your own welcome mat.

Materials Needed for Make Your Own Doormat

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  • Coir Mat – I got mine at here for under $10  (It’s 18″x24″)
  • Outdoor paints – I got this set on Amazon.  They are permanent weather resistant and the pack had nice spring colors!
  • Felt Decor – Dollar Tree has all sorts of seasonal decor that usually include some sort of large hard felt decor
  • Cricut and Vinyl (optional)
  • paint brushes and dabbers
  • Welcome file – Scroll down to download these 9 ones for FREE
free cricut file

DIY Doormats Tutorial

First thing, I did was lay my flower and butterfly on my mat to see where I wanted them.

diy outdoor welcome mats

Now, there are two different ways you can proceed. 

I painted the entire backside of the felt cut out, then placed it on top of the mat, and pushed it down with my hand and a brayer.

Then take the cutout off and you’re left with a light layer of paint. 

Then I took a paintbrush and painted another layer of paint over the first to make it darker.

make your own doormat

I did the same thing with the flower. 

The other option of painting a DIY doormat is to lay your cut out on your mat, and paint an outline of it and then paint the whole thing in.

I added a little color to the middle of the flower and then let the mat dry. 

patio paint on outdoor welcome mats

I wanted to add some details, so once the paint was dry, I put the flower back on the painted doormat and outlined the inside and outside with another color. 

Then I added some black paint to the middle of the butterfly.

painting on coir mats

Applying a Vinyl Stencil to a Doormat

While all of the paint was drying on the door mat, I cut out my Welcome file with my Cricut onto vinyl. 

Weed out the letters since you’ll be using it as a stencil!  I made mine as long as I could, to fit on my mat – 23.5 inches.  

Free Welcome SVG File

Sometimes the file will look blurry when you first open it, but once you download it, the SVG will open up clearly.

If it doesn’t automatically download, you might need to right-click on it and Save As. If you need additional help, make sure to check out my post on how to download and upload files to CDS.

Or check out my Cricut Design Space 101 series for even more tutorials.

As a reminder, all of my FREE SVG files are for personal use only and not for commercial use. Please click here to purchase a commercial license if you want to use the files for commercial purposes such as to sell items for your small business.

Download your FREE Welcome SVG file by clicking here! – or – Download a PNG file by clicking here!

Now, this is the trickiest part!  You need to transfer the vinyl to the mat without transfer tape. 

I started by putting a small part down, then while holding that it in place, pull the white backing off.

diy doormat

The vinyl does not want to stick to the coir mat so you’ll have to mess with it a little and some not so nice words may escape your mouth! 

Some of the vinyl folded on itself but I just gently pulled the pieces apart until it was all flat.  Then use your hand to press it down as well as you can.  Tape it in place.

Add the extra pieces from the “e” and “o” that are still stuck on your backing paper.

doormat stencil

The vinyl stencil and doormat are not a very tight seal, so I think the dabber brushes work the best.  Put some paint on a dabber and just start dabbing it on in an up and down motion. 

Don’t try to go side to side or you’ll pull the vinyl off!

coir doormat welcome

You might need to do two coats if you are going on top of another color like I was.  Then carefully pull off the vinyl of your new DIY Welcome mat.

DIY doormat

If you need to add some more paint, grab a brush and go for it, filling in all the spots you missed!

outdoor welcome mats

That’s it!  It really didn’t take very long at all.  You can make your own doormat as colorful or as simple as you want to. 

You might just want a single word “Welcome” across your homemade door mat or no words at all and just images.  It’s entirely up to you!

make your own doormat

Here is my DIY Welcome mat at my front door along with my easy DIY spring wreath (find tutorial here!)

make your own doormat
make your own doormat

If you’d like to save this doormat tutorial for later, you can PIN it now if you’d like!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a creative day!

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Thursday 12th of April 2018

I never thought to create my own design on a doormat. You could even personalize one as a gift for mother's day. I'll be checking my mom's doormat to see if it needs replacing.


Thursday 12th of April 2018

I want to make one of these! My mind is whirling with ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!


Wednesday 11th of April 2018

Cute! I have several doors that need new mats. This is a great way to dress up an otherwise plain, boring welcome mat. Visiting from Inspire My Creativity party. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to