It’s time for a new doormat! I’ve been looking at the ugly one by our front door long enough! A ragged door mat doesn’t make a very good first impression for guests. This DIY custom doormat is just what I needed.
This project can be done with different kinds of mats, depending on your needs. Since we live in a rural setting, ours needs to be able to remove sand and mud from shoes, so I chose one of those really scratchy mats. I found mine at IKEA and it is quite large (about 24 X 35 inches), and according to the tag, the natural fiber is coir. I had to Google to figure out what coir is; turns out, it’s made from the husk of the coconut. Who knew!
To complete the project, you’ll need a stencil. I cut mine from outdoor vinyl. I think if I did it again, I might try cutting from poster board and then spray adhesive to the back. The vinyl was difficult to remove from the transfer tape, and I had a hard time getting it to stick to the mat. However, a different type of mat might not have caused this problem.
I used fabric paint for the design. The plan was to use spray paint, but by the time I got the stencil stuck down, I was afraid to move it. So I poured some fabric paint in a cup and dabbed it on with a sponge brush. This actually worked quite well.
- Bike Welcome Mat SVG or file of your choice
- Door Mat
- Vinyl for Stencil
- Transfer Tape
- Red Capped Blade
- Sponge Brush
Settings for Zing Orbit and Make the Cut:
- Force – 23
- Speed – 12
- Multicut – 0
- Import design.
- Load vinyl and cut design.
- Weed vinyl and apply transfer tape. Optional – Rub sticky side of transfer tape with a cotton cloth to make it less sticky before applying to the vinyl.
- Apply vinyl stencil to mat and remove transfer tape
- Stick vinyl to mat. Slowly, carefully remove transfer tape.
- Pat vinyl down to adhere as firmly as possible it to doormat.
- Use sponge brush to carefully dab paint on mat.
- Let dry and remove stencil.