Ever since I learned how to make custom doormats with my cutting machine, I just can’t stop! They are such a fun way to add some personality to our front porch. Since I’m working on decorating the front porch for October, I just had to make a new doormat for Halloween. I think it turned out really cute. It’s the perfect finishing touch to our outdoor porch decorations.

Have you ever made a doormat with your Cricut or Silhouette? If you haven’t, you need to try it. Read on for all the details.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE FREE SVG FILE

The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project.  I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library.  These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others.  This library is open to everyone and is free! You can access the library here.

STEP 2: CUT AND WEED VINYL STENCIL

Open the design in your software program and size it to fit on your doormat. Then, add a rectangle around the design to create a stencil.

Do you need more help with creating a vinyl stencil?  Check out these posts.

How to Make a Vinyl in Cricut Design Space.
How to Make a Vinyl Stencil in Silhouette Studio

I sized my design to about 22.5″ x 10.5″. Most Cricut and Silhouette machines can cut this size.  If you have a Silhouette portrait, you’ll need to piece together the design.

I like to use Oracal 631 for my doormat stencils.  The transfer tape doesn’t stick quite as well to the matte finish, which in turn, makes it a little easier to get the transfer tape off once the vinyl is on the mat.

I tested freezer paper, cardstock, and vinyl for the stencil. You can read the full tutorial here. Because the coir mats are so rough, it takes a good amount of time (and patience) to get any stencil to stay in place. After testing them all, I decided that vinyl is my favorite.

When everything is sized correctly, you can cut the stencil with your Cricut or Silhouette.  Once it has finished cutting, weed away the excess vinyl.

STEP 3: APPLY TRANSFER TAPE

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little larger than the design.  Before you put the vinyl on the tape, rub a t-shirt or towel over it. This will remove some of the tackiness, which will make transferring the vinyl to the doormat a little easier.

Place the vinyl on the transfer tape. Use an application tool to rub over the design. Then, trim off the excess transfer tape.

STEP 4: REMOVE VINYL BACKING

Pull off the vinyl backing. Because we removed some of the tackiness of the transfer tape, it might take a little extra work to get the backing off.  Go slow and use your fingers to get the vinyl to stay on the transfer tape.

STEP 5: POSITION VINYL ON DOORMAT

Place the vinyl on the doormat and use a ruler to center the design.  The vinyl won’t really stick, so you can move it around until it’s centered.  Just a note, sometimes these doormats aren’t cut evenly.  If that’s the case with yours, just center as much as possible.

STEP 6: REMOVE TRANSFER TAPE

I just want to warn you…this part can be a bit tedious and frustrating.  But, it only took me about 10 minutes, so it’s totally doable, just be patient.:)

Carefully pull back about 2″ of the transfer tape.

Place a piece of tape over the edge of vinyl and doormat.  This will help keep the vinyl in place while you remove the rest of the transfer tape.

Use one hand to hold the vinyl in place and the other hand to pull off the transfer tape. Keep track of the insides of the letters, they can get lost.

At this point, don’t expect the vinyl to stick to the mat. All you’re doing in this step is removing the transfer tape from the vinyl.

STEP 7: STRAIGHTEN OUT DESIGN

If you’ve made it to this step, give yourself a pat on the back.  The rest of the process is pretty simple from here on out.

Once the transfer tape is removed, go back over the design and straighten it out.

Make sure all the insides of the letters and loose pieces are in place. Once again, you’re still just placing the pieces on the mat, nothing will actually stick to it.

STEP 8: APPLY HEAT TO THE VINYL

This next step is my secret weapon to making a great looking doormat.  Applying heat makes the vinyl shrink, helps it adhere to the doormat, and helps create a really nice stencil.

You can use an iron or an easy press. Place copy paper or a teflon sheet over the design and iron for just a few seconds.  You’ll know it’s worked if the vinyl is tight and you can see the texture of the doormat through the vinyl.

STEP 9: FILL IN THE STENCIL

Start filling in the design with paint.

I used Behr interior/exterior paint from home depot.  I had it custom tinted to black.

Use a stencil brush and an up and down motion to apply the paint.  Try not to brush back and forth.  This will help minimize bleeding.

 

 

STEP 10: APPLY A PROTECTIVE FINISH (OPTIONAL)

To protect the paint, you can spray on a protective finish.

Let the paint dry and leave the stencil in place.  Use copy paper or something similar to protect the rest of the mat from overspray.  Then, just spray on a couple of coats of the finish.

STEP 11: REMOVE VINYL STENCIL

Once everything is dry, carefully pull off the stencil.  You can use a craft knife or weeding tool to pull out the centers of the letters.

Look at those nice clean lines!

Even though it takes a bit of time to get the stencil in place, I think the end results are totally worth it.

I put my doormat on top of a black and white checked rug. It kind of frames the doormat and looks so cute!

 

 

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