DIY Fall Doormat: turn a plain doormat into a fall doormat with this simple DIY using craft paint and a DIY stencil to add leaves.
Every fall season I love to decorate my front door. It’s always nice to add a wreath and fall door mat to welcome guests. I wanted to add something quite simple this year, but it was hard to find something that was relatively simple and neutral, so I ended up making my own DIY doormat to get exactly what I was looking for. It was really simple and inexpensive to put together, and turned out great. If you’re someone who loves home decor, you can create with your own cute designs on a custom doormat. And it’s really easy too. This project is a great way to create added character on a plain doormat. DIY projects are the easiest way to personalize your front door.
DIY Fall Doormat Materials
- plain doormat
- white craft paint
- small brush
We used a woven mat made from natural materials for our cute doormat, but coir mats work really well for this too. For the paint, our neutral loving hearts choose white, but you could use black paint instead. Or, if you’re feeling the fall spirit and want to use different colors, like traditional fall colors and get your pumpkin spice and fall leaves vibe on, you can do whatever you like for your own DIY fall doormat. We made ours to match our front door decor, and went with white flowers, pum
pkins, and fall wreath. If you prefer more colorful pumpkins, or something a little darker for spooky season you can customize your colors and stylish doormat to suit your look.
Making a Stencil
I wanted to add a white leaf pattern to tie in with my all white fall outdoor planter and wreath this year. To get started I sketched out an oak leaf on to some paper, and cut it out. The background piece become the simple stencil.
I did an oak leaf, but you could do any leaf that you like, or a combination. If you’re not great at drawing you could just use clipart for a pattern.
If you’re a Cricut owner you could go into Cricut Design Space and find a simple leaf pattern and cut it out on card stock to make a very simple stencil. You can also use your Cricut to make iron-on vinyl stencil. This works great with a coir doormat and a more complicated design. I’ve experimented with the freezer paper method, and vinyl stencil methods too, and found the iron-on stencil the best for very intricate designs to ensure no bleed. If you want to learn more about this method -check out this blog post about how to make an iron-on vinyl doormat stencil with your Cricut machine.
The method I used here is v
ery simple. We cut out our design by hand with scissors, and used white paper. This is the easy way to make a outdoor mat. No complicated Cricut cutting machine required.
Once you have the paper stencil created, use some white acrylic paint and dab it on with a paint brush. I used a random pattern for my leaves, and I stencilled a few leaves coming off the side as well to create a really cute fall doormat. The fun part is placing the leaves in creative ways and making your own pattern, my turning the turning the stencil different ways. I love a random pattern, but you can making it more uniformed if you prefer. You also might want to use different leaf stencils, or different sizes. It’s so much fun designing your own, and creating something you love that you could never find at a store.
You want to take your time and be careful to hold down the paper and not get it underneath. I didn’t use masking tape or spray adhesive or glue dots for this project, I just worked carefully. This method worked really well, and was so simple and non-complicated. You could use stencil brushes for this part, but again I found a regular brush was fine, and I just worked carefully. You don’t need much paint on your brush when you’re stencilling, because you don’t want any excess to bleed under the paper. As much as possible you want nice crisp edges.
You could different kinds of paints. Some people use outdoor paint, if they want their stenciled doormat to last longer. I had great success with craft paint from the local craft store. I don’t rec
ommend spray paint for this project, because it’s harder to control, and more likely to bleed under the paper stencil and not give crisp lines.
I wanted the paint to not be totally uninformed -kind of rustic looking. So I didn’t worry about the paint being completely even. If you want a more even look, just do several coats of paint until you
r happy with the look.
- plain doormat
- white craft paint
- small brush
- Draw or trace clipart of a leaf pattern onto some paper or card stock and cut it out with scissors.
- Place your paper stencil on your doormat and use a paint brush and white paint to stipple the paint on. Work up and down, with a small amount of paint at a time to avoid overloading the paint and having it seep under the stencil.
- Move the leaf stencil around to create a random pattern of leaves on your mat, including some coming off of the edge of the mat. Allow the paint to dry fully before using.
Also this easy DIY method of transforming a blank doormat would work for any seasonal decor, or theme at any time of year -think snowflakes for Christmas or winter, flowers for summer, and a pattern pumpkin doormat as a cute halloween doormat. After you make your first doormat you’ll have so many fall doormat ideas, and for other seasons and occasions too.
This DIY fall doormat was easy and inexpensive to make, and it looks really great with all the other white fall decor.
With a DIY Fall Doormat, life really is a party!
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