Layered doormats are all the rage this year! After looking at a few Halloween doormats I started to think “hey, I think I can make one of those”. That way I could use some of my favorite halloween puns to make the most festive front porch ever! Here is what I did to make my own DIY halloween doormat.
Create your own Halloween doormat
So first I had to pick up the supplies. I started with:
Not part of the DIY but my buffalo check rug came from HERE
After I cut out the letters I placed them on my mat to plan out how I wanted it to look.
I used a black marker to make a dot in the corner so once I removed the stencils I would know where they should be placed again.
I used a foam paint brush to start to fill in the stencil letters one at a time. Then I used one hand to press firmly against the letter stencil and the other hand to paint. I used a dabbing motion against the doormat to get a light coat of paint on the mat.
I am going to be honest, I was really nervous during this part. When I was applying the paint I went kind of slow at first to make sure I didn’t mess.
What I learned: If I tried to put too much paint on the first coat I had problems with leaking on the sides of the stencil. I found it best to just create a light coat, kind of a template, that I could go back and fill in after.
After I completed the original coat of paint with the foam brush I used a smaller brush to finish up the details. I found the smaller brush took longer but gave much more coverage and made the lines sharper.
What I learned: I found the 2.5 inch letters I used were a bit too small. I felt like a little larger of a letter would have not only looked better but would be easier to fill in. I think the thicker letters do help as well with a lot less margin for error.
This DIY Halloween doormat took about 15 minutes to make. I am not the most crafty person and if I can do this you certainly can too!
What I learned: Give your mat extra time to dry. This type of mat has a wire time of material and the paint sits on top and can take a lot longer to dry than you think.
Do you like to make a lot of your halloween decor? I would love to hear about your favorite tutorials. Leave me a comment and let me know!
I share more easy Halloween crafts, costumes and food on my Halloween page.
Diana Blinkhorn is a professional content creator, social media strategist, and owner of TheGrayRuby.com. Her site caters to the everyday mother, sharing the real and raw side of motherhood. She loves to write about trave,l with a focus on cruising and Disney, and sharing her everyday life raising 3 young girls. With over 6 years of experience in social media marketing, Diana has built a business in this ever-evolving industry. She has been featured in publications such as Tampa Bay Parenting, HGTV.com, and HuffPost Parents.
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