Personalized Household Crafts: How To Make Your Own Custom Rubber Door Mat

Your front doorway says a lot about you. So make it attractive by creating a customized rubber doormat. This is inexpensive and easy to do.

Your front doorway says a lot about you, so you want to make it as welcoming and as personal as possible. One way to do this is to make your own personalized rubber doormat. This is a perfect way to express your personality in a way that is both practical and decorative. Making your own doormat does not cost a lot of money nor does it require a lot of skill.

You will need the following items: a rubber doormat of your choice, which can be purchased at any discount store or hardware store. Tip: All rubber doormats have some texture to catch dirt and help keep it from ending up in your house. Choose a doormat with a uniform texture that is simple. You will also need some stencils of your choice to decorate your doormat. These can be found in the same kinds of stores as the doormat. Perhaps you want to have a doormat featuring your family initials or a border of flowers or frogs. Stencils come in a wide array of designs, but for this project, it is best to choose something simple that doesn't have a lot of details. While you are in the stencil department, you will want to pick up some stencil paints in your choice of colors. Stencil paints are thicker than ordinary paint so that they don't run. You will also need some large sponges and a paintbrush for any smaller areas in the stencils. The final thing you will need is some polyurethane spray or other protective spray. Some paper plates, rags or paper towels and masking tape will also come in handy.

Wash and dry the mat thoroughly to remove any debris or residue from tags. Place your doormat on a hard surface such as a table covered with a drop cloth or other protective material. You don't want to stencil your table along with your doormat. Pour out a dollop of the first paint color you are using on a paper plate. Using several pieces of masking tape, position your stencil where you want it and tape it down firmly around the outside edge of the stencil. You don't want to get paint outside of the edges of the design. Take your sponge and dip it into the first color. Dab the paint gently into the design area, making sure you get it into the crevices of the texture on the doormat. You will need to let this dry before going on to another area and color. If you are going to do several areas on the doormat the same color, for instance a flower in each corner, carefully lift the stencil and re-position it at the new location. Let the first color dry and then move on to the next color. If any paint bleeds outside the design area, wipe it off carefully with a rag or corner of a paper towel. Finish applying any additional colors you have chosen, letting each color dry thoroughly in between. Let your door mat dry for at least overnight hours before going on to the last step.



When your project is completely dry, take it into a well-ventilated area, like your back porch, and spray a coat of polyurethane over the entire doormat. Let it dry for several hours and repeat. This will protect your design from both the elements and wear, making it last longer.

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