Today I’m going to show you how to stencil a doormat. I have found the best technique and I’m excited to teach you. Doormats are one of the first things that people see when they come to your house! I love making fun custom ones that show off my personality! Whenever I share my doormats on Instagram I always get asked so many questions! What material did you use for your stencil? What kind of spray paint did you use? Where did you buy your doormat? So let’s jump in!
Supplies you need to make a doormat
- Blank Coir Doormat. Ikea, home Depot and Walmart all have blank coir doormats.
- Stencil material:
- Vinyl (I like to use “extra vinyl”. A color I have a lots of that I don’t use very often!)
- Freezer Paper
- cutting Machine (cricut or silhouette)
- Waterproof Patch and Seal in Black
- Clear adhesive spray paint
- Painter’s Tape
I used this scary SVG cut file . But I have lots of free cut files here that would make AMAZING rugs!
How to stencil a doormat
Create the Stencil
Cut out your design. Rugs are a little bigger than the Cricut or the silhouette cameo, so I had to make two cuts since this was a big design! (I’ve got a post if you need help with cutting out large cut files. I used vinyl- because I have plenty. But you can also use a posterboard (or cardstock) to a create a stencil. Freezer paper is another option. It needs to be ironed on to stay in place which can be difficult with the rug! (Here is a post about freezer paper stencil!)
You are weeding the actually letters since we are using this as a stencil.
apply the Stencil
Peel off the backing and apply. I had a hard time getting the vinyl off the transfer tape, so I would recommend using low grip transfer tape. OR take a sheet of your transfer tape and press it to your couch cushion a few times to make it less sticky. Apply it to the rug.
Like I said. It’s slow going. The Rug doesn’t hold the vinyl to well so you have to finesse it in place.
Tape off Edges
Make sure no extra rug is showing. I used my transfer tape and blue painters tape to cover all edges.
I found this awesome sealant spray from a person on tik tok and I’m in LOVE! It’s worth its price and I feel like it’s going to hold up so much better than real spray paint!
It goes on super thick. I only had to do one quick coat so it will last you awhile!
The trick with stenciling doormats is that since the vinyl doesn’t adhere super good, it has lots of spaces for paint to bleed. You want to shoot down directly above the rug. holding the can at an angle can cause paint to get underneath the stencil.
Then peel off the vinyl stencil!
You will want to add a top coat of clear spray just to add an extra layer. I mean, people will walk on this! You want the doormat to hold up!
Now you have the technique- You can make ALL the amazing doormats! I literally have one for every season/holiday!
If you need a funny idea on what to put on your doormat- check out all the cool doormats I have found!
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