I love this time of year. The leaves are starting to change, the weather begins to cool down and I start decorating my porch for fall.
I love to decorate for the different seasons and one inexpensive change I can make with each holiday is my front door mat. One thing is for sure…this one has to go!
I know I know…I said inexpensive. If you have priced quality door mats lately in the store you know that they range anywhere from $25.00 to $60.00 and sometimes even more.
What if I could show you how you could make your own DIY door mat at a fraction of the cost? You would be excited right? Well jump up and down and yell “woohoo!” because that is exactly what I am going to show you now.
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Americana Multi-Surface Paint* in the following colors:
(*This product is important because it is formulated for outdoor use)
- Artist paint brushes
- Stencils (optional)
When I was gathering supplies my door mats, I had a tough time finding stencils that were large enough and sturdy enough for this project. Here are some I found online:
I could never find any good alphabet stencils. If you know of any, please let me know so I can add it to the list.
1) Decide on a design or theme for your door mat. I chose a fall pumpkin patch theme.
2) Use a piece of chalk to sketch out your design. For this step, I googled “cartoon pumpkins with stems and leaves” on my phone to have a frame of reference as I drew. I free-handed my design but you could easily use a stencil or even a projector to trace your design.
3) Using an artist paint brush, start adding paint. I always start with my outline.
4) Once you outline is complete, start filling in your design. I like to add varying shades of the same color for depth so I usually always have a plastic plate handy for mixing colors.
If you have a second, check out my post on how I save money by mixing my own paint colors…it will change your crafty life.
5) Add a vine or stem to your design. I actually love it just like this…
6) I added a few leaves for some added interest
7) I finished it off by adding some highlights and lowlights . I am not a trained artist so I don’t know if I put the shading where it is suppose to be…I add it where it looks good to me.
Wouldn’t these DIY door mats make amazing gifts? As I was making this one, I kept thinking of people on my gift list that would love one of these.
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