How To Make Personalized Doormats
Here's a fun new project to work with that can add to that shabby chic theme of your new apartment. You might not realize it, but a doormat might be your first opportunity to impress your visitors before taking a step inside your home. Here's how to make personalized doormats.
Make Your Own Doormats
Enhance your entryway by following these instructions on how to make personalized doormats.
First things first, the materials you will need:
- Plain doormat
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Bristle Paintbrush
- Legal Sized Bond Papers (8.5" x 14")
- Xacto Knife
- Sewing Pins
- Clear Spray
What to do:
- Create Your Artwork - Using Adobe Photoshop or Canva, create your artwork. Make sure to measure the dimensions of your mat properly. Type the greetings you want to print on your mat, and save the document just in case you will need it again.
- Print Artwork - Now that you have your design, it is ready for printing. Adjust your printer settings to break up your artwork, and print them into several pieces of paper. Here are the settings for printing on your legal-size paper:
- Set Page Sizing & Handling to Poster
- In Overlap, key in 0.25in. We need the quarter inch for the areas that need to be glued.
- Select Tile Only Large Pages
- For the Orientation select Landscape
Be sure to check the preview at the side of the settings before printing. You can also print a few to test it out.
- Tape all the pieces - After printing your artwork, tape all the pieces together. You can also use glue.
- Cut out your artwork - Trace your artwork using the Xacto Knife, and cut out your artwork. Set aside the letters with centerpieces that are not attached to anything. You will need them later.
- Place the stencil onto your doormat - Now that you have cut out your artwork, place the stencil onto your plain doormat. Add in the centerpieces you set aside back to their assigned letters.
- Secure your stencil - Place the sewing pins to secure your stencil onto the plain doormat. This will prevent the stencil from moving around when you start to paint.
- Dap paint on your stencil - Dip your bristle paintbrush on your black acrylic paint, and hold it vertically upright while you dap paint all over your stencil. Use a finer bristle paintbrush to darken and fine-tune the letters with rough edges.
- Let your paint dry - You're going to need at least a day to let your paint dry before sealing it.
- Seal your doormat - Use a clear spray to seal your design. This will help make your painted doormat last longer.
It's convenient to buy a new doormat. But it's also nice if you try to make a personalized one. It's a good project to work on if you have spare time.