Make This Cute DIY Doormat This Weekend (Free Printable Included)

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Want a cheeky welcome mat that sets the tone for your home? We've got a DIY (and free download) that'll do just that — while also leaving dirt at the door. Ideal for entryways, mud rooms, patios, or porches, this custom doormat is the perfect mix of fun and function. And thanks to the modern minimal eye graphic, it also happens to be majorly on-trend. We foresee (wink, wink) instant curb appeal wherever you place it.

a woman's shoes on a brown doormat with black letter spelling "out i see you"--the "o" in "you" is an eye graphic

Things You'll Need

  • Plain doormat (we used this Ikea one)

  • Free template

  • Cardstock, 8.5 inches by 11 inches

  • Printer

  • Scissors

  • Utility knife

  • Ruler

  • Painter's or masking tape

  • Black outdoor acrylic paint

  • Stencil brush or foam brush

Step 1

Download and print the free template onto cardstock. If you'd prefer the letters to be smaller or larger than what we used, simply adjust the scale size in your print settings prior to printing. (For reference, we used font type Bebas Neue with a font size of 250 pt.)

Step 2

Use scissors to cut out the individual letters and eye shape from the template, leaving about a 1/4-inch square border around each letter.

Step 3

Use a utility knife to carefully cut around the lines of the letters and eye shape to create stencils.

creating templates for the "i see you" message by cutting printed letters with a utility knife

For the eye shape, you'll need to cut around the outline first and then cut out the center part of the eye. You'll be left with two pieces, which you'll then need to tape back together to form the stencil.

a composite of two images showing how to trim and tape a template for an eye graphic

Step 4

Use a ruler to find the center of your doormat so that you can center and space the words evenly. Then place a long strip of tape across the doormat to form a guideline so you can ensure the bottoms of all the letters will be lined up and straight.

Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 5

Tape all four sides of each stencil in place on the doormat. Trust us, you'll want to err on over-taping rather than under-taping to ensure a nice clean paint job. Be sure to keep the letters straight and aligned on the guideline as you tape them.

Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 6

Saturate either a small stencil brush or foam brush with black paint and gently press it into the exposed bristles within the stencils. Avoid using a paint stroke motion like you would if you were painting a wall; a dabbing/tapping motion works best for this project to avoid smearing paint outside of the stencil lines.

When you get to the eye stencil, paint around the entire outline and allow it to dry completely. You'll be left with two blank spots within the eye shape where the two pieces of tape are holding the stencil together. Remove the tape pieces and re-tape the stencil back together either above or below the blank spots. Fill in the blank spots with paint.

Step 7

The mat is going to soak up a lot of paint, so allow at least an hour or so for it to dry completely.

Step 8

Once the paint is completely dry, carefully remove the stencils from the doormat.

a brown doormat with a horizontal tape guideline and templates for one word taped in place

If needed, touch up any spotty areas with more paint.

touching up the paint on a nearly finished painted doormat

Place your new doormat in a high-traffic spot to greet and amuse as many visitors as possible. We envision your guests will be all heart eyes over this one.

Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse

Trisha is a writer, video producer + maker with a knack for creating modern DIY content. When her hands aren't covered in paint, she's most likely holding a camera or power drill or both.

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