DIY stenciled doormats have been super popular this year. This tutorial will show you how to make your own custom doormat just in time for Christmas. All you need is a Cricut, Silhouette, or other electronic cutter and some basic supplies to turn a basic boring doormat into a color and festive Christmas decoration!
$1 to $25
Step by Step Instructions
Use your electronic cutter and cut out your design in vinyl. I prefer using Oracal 631 for this project. Since this is going to be a stencil, leave the vinyl in the negative space and remove it everywhere else.
Lightly rub a t-shirt on a new piece of transfer tape to remove some of the tackiness. This will help make transferring the vinyl to the doormat a little easier. You can also use a piece of transfer tape that has previously been used. Then apply the transfer tape to the vinyl.
Use a craft stick or vinyl burnishing tool to burnish (rub) the transfer tape onto the vinyl. Then, remove the vinyl backing.
Place the design on the doormat (found at Home Depot) and center. Start to separate the vinyl from the transfer tape. Once you have a small section separated, place a piece of packing tape along the edge. This will help to keep the vinyl in place while you remove the rest of the transfer tape.
Continue removing the transfer tape. You’ll have to hold the vinyl down with one hand while pulling off the transfer tape with the other. At this point, the vinyl really doesn’t stick to the mat. The goal of this step (and it’s probably the hardest part) is simply to remove the transfer tape from the vinyl.
Once you’ve removed all the transfer tape, go back and straighten out the design. Make sure all the letters have their centers in the correct place.
Next, turn on your iron to the lowest setting. Place a teflon sheet (parchment paper or even a sheet of paper) over the vinyl and iron for about one to two seconds. This will pull the vinyl tight and help it stick to the mat. Repeat over the entire design.
Now the fun part…paint your design! Use a stencil brush and an up and down motion to apply the paint. Try not to brush back and forth. This will help minimize bleeding.
Once the design is dry to the touch (or you can’t wait any longer), pull off all the viny. And you’re left with a fun Christmas doormat perfect for welcoming holiday guests!
Nice, clean, crisp lines even on a rough doormat!