Lifestyle Tries: Creating custom welcome mats

Charissa Graves | Banner | The Banner's Lifestyle team demonstrates how to make fun and seasonal doormats using craft supplies. This DIY

Making a good first impression is everything, especially when entering a home. A doormat with a funny phrase or a friendly welcome adds a touch of personality to a home. Instead of spending money purchasing a doormat, you can create a one-of-a-kind welcome.

There are nine materials you will need to make your own doormat: a plain doormat, black acrylic paint, a bristle paintbrush, paper, an X-acto knife, a big board, sealer and sewing pins.

With just a few easy steps, you can make your own personalized doormat and start your friends and family off on the right foot when they come to your home.

Step 1: Start by using Adobe software or Canva to make sure your artwork is the same size and dimension as your doormat. Then, add your greetings in any style font you would like. Save your work as a PDF file after you have finished the artwork.

Step 2: Print your artwork. Any type of printer will work for your stencils, but make sure to adjust your print settings so that you can break up the artwork into different pieces of paper if the stencils are too big.

Tip: Go to settings, click on the dialog window and click the poster to print. Enter 0.25 in overlap, tile-only large pages, preview to make sure it looks correct, insert paper and then print.

Step 3: After all your stencils are printed, tape all the pieces together so you can cut out the shape of the stencil.

Step 4: Trace out your artwork with an X-acto knife.

Step 5: To make sure your artwork does not move while dabbing the paint, place the sewing pins all around the paper stencil.

Step 6: With your paintbrush, dab paint all over the stencil while holding it in place. It is important that you use a bristle paintbrush because it will transfer paint onto the rough texture more successfully. Once you have covered everything and the letters are bold, you can remove the stencil from the doormat.

Step 7: Let the doormat dry, and then you are done.

Now you have created your own custom doormat for all your guests to enjoy. Whenever someone takes the first step into your home, they will see your work.

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