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Fall Doormat DIY

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I’m determined this year to decorate for fall and the festivities that arrive with the cooler weather.  Last year I couldn’t even think of putting decorations up due to just moving into our home with only our bedroom furnished.  This year I’m starting with a fall craft that will be the first thing I see when walking into my home. Today I’ll show you how to create your own painted fall doormat that is unique to you!

Doormat for the front door during fall

In 30 minutes or less you can create a stylish doormat for the fall season that gives your front porch texture, function, and fall flair.  This easy and inexpensive fall doormat tutorial only cost me $12.  I found my doormat at Home Depot for $10, but you can also find one at Ikea for as little as $5 and can also order through Amazon.

Here’s the how-to:


Doormat || Craft paint || Paint Palette || Paintbrush

As always, I used Martha Stewart acrylic paint for this project.   It’s great for many different surfaces!  I created a doormat a little over a year ago at Sarah’s Hearts’ Meet + Make using the same paint {and was the inspiration for today’s post}.  It still looks brand new a year later!

Supplies for a DIY Painted Fall Doormat

Step 1: Prepare for your painted fall doormat by squirting a generous amount of white paint into your palette {fill more than one round well}.  You will be surprised at how much paint you are about to use!

Using white paint on a doormat

Step 2: Using your paintbrush, lightly paint your wording and design onto your doormat. If you choose to, you can practice writing your quote on a piece of paper first to figure out your typography.

Lightly write your quote on the doormat

Creating your DIY painted fall doormat

I debated using a stencil but quickly realized it would take an hour or more to print and cut out the wording.  I decided to wing it.  This is because I’ve learned that calligraphy no longer has to look perfect thanks to the Flax and Wool Modern Calligraphy Workshop I attended.

Step 3: After you have painted your design, now is the time to go back over each stroke until you reach your desired look.  I painted 3 coats of white paint over my design for a bright white finish.

Paint 2 to 3 coats of paint on the doormat

Step 4: Allow your mat to dry for a few hours before using.  I allowed mine to dry overnight before placing it outside.  Just like the first mat I created a year ago, I did not apply/spray anything over the mat to protect the paint.  Martha Stewart’s paint has held up amazingly well considering the foot traffic that has come through my home in the past year.DIY Painted Fall Doormat

Now you’re fall ready, at least when it involves your front door!  With just 4 supplies and spending less than $15, you can make a statement right away at your front door when it comes to fall decor.  Enjoy your DIY painted fall doormat!

Fall Doormat 1

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  1. Gina says:

    I love this DIY! I already have a doormat, but I might just have to try this sometime soon and find myself with 2 doormats. Thanks for sharing! I love your directions and I’ll have to try out that paint. 🙂

    • ElizabethRishel says:

      Thank you Gina. It was a super easy (and cheap) DIY project that brought a lot of fall flair to my front door. I’ve learned one can never have too many doormats!

  2. Karen says:

    I remember we met for the first time at that M+M!! I want to make new doormats, too!! 🙂

  3. Meghan R says:

    Super cute! I need to work on doormats for my house soon. I have two “front doors!”

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