Welcome to day 9 of my 25 Days of Craftmas series! Today I’m showing you how to make your own Christmas Doormat. There are several methods to stencil a doormat, and I talk about the pros and cons of each method here. Every method takes a bit of work to get the stencil down, but I think using vinyl is the quickest and easiest way, so that’s the method I’ll be showing you today.
I love making doormats! You can customize them any way you want and when you use a stencil, they come out looking so good!. This custom Christmas doormat is the perfect decoration to welcome guests to your home this holiday season!
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Open the design in your cutting software, I sized my design to about 23″ x 11″. Cut out your design with your cutter and weed away the letters.
I like to use Oracal 631 for my doormat stencils. Because of the matte finish, the transfer tape doesn’t stick quite as well to it. Which in turn, makes it a little easier to get the transfer tape off once the vinyl is on the mat.
Lightly rub a tshirt or towel over the transfer tape. This will remove some of the tackiness which will make transferring the vinyl to the doormat a little easier. Then, apply the transfer tape to the vinyl.
Rub over the vinyl to get it to stick to the transfer tape and then remove the vinyl backing.
Place the vinyl on the doormat and use a ruler to center the design on the doormat. 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.
Pull back about 2″ of the transfer tape.
Place a piece of tape over the 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. At this point, the vinyl really isn’t sticking to the mat
The goal of this step is simply to remove the transfer tape from the vinyl. I think this is the trickiest part of the whole process.
Once the transfer tape is removed, go back over the design and fix any elements that are out of place.
Next, turn your iron on to the lowest setting. Place a sheet of paper over the design and iron for a few seconds. This will make the vinyl shrink and help it stick to the mat. Repeat over the entire design.
Now it’s time to paint your design.
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.
Once the design is dry to the touch, pull off the vinyl.
Carefully remove the centers of the letters with a weeding tool or tweezers.
Stand back and admire those nice clean lines!
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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the resource library