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How to stencil and paint a door mat


Our current craft day involved stenciling and painting a door mat! (This was our last one)  I HAD to share–cause I learned so many little tips! This was a pretty fun and easy craft day (My friend put it on!) but each person gets to create their own personality with it! 


Here is what you need to create a painted door mat

  • Plain Sisal door mat
  • Paint
  • sharpie
  • paintbrush
  • sealer
  • vinyl/stencil


You can grab the rugs online HERE–but WAY cheaper in stores! (affiliate link)

and I Love using DecoArt paint! It’s thick and comes in so many fun colors!

First…get a stencil. We cut ours out with our silhouette and some vinyl we had laying around! (You can print out your design and use an exacto knife to cut out!–still works…just lots more time consuming!) And Expressions actual has stencil vinyl…see it here! 

You are going to use vinyl as a stencil–I have a tutorial that will walk you through it! 

But basically…you are going to weed out the part of your design you are going to want to paint-Leaving the outline. Since the hello was a big piece of vinyl we just peeled and stuck. But more intricate designs you are going to adhere it like this tutorial – but you basically just peel off the backing as your go.

After we got the main pieces…we just peel and stick the inside of the e, ls, and o. The vinyl does NOT stick good to sisal….I mean nothing really does. It’s got a rough texture. So you can peel up and move where you want! 

Here is a quick tip I learned…outline your design then you can peel off the vinyl and get it out of your way while you paint! Just fill in with paint! (if you are using a light color of paint…use a light color of sharpie!)

ANOTHER quick tip.. dab the paint on. Using brush strokes got little tiny dots of paint EVERYWHERE! (and I have the shirt to prove it.!)

I ended up making a cactus one door mat…no stencil. Just willy nilly!

and here is tip: You need to seal and protect these rugs! Look for outdoor!  So there you go–a cute door mat! The only time consuming part was cutting out all the stencils! (Thanks Tanya for doing all the labor for us!) But once you have your stencil and idea picked it…it’s basically color by numbers! 


and here you go if need some ideas on what to put on your stenciled  door mat! 

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.