For the past 6 months at least, I’ve received message after message- here’s a link to a rainbow doormat, you need one. But I never bought one because, being stubborn and crafty, I figured I could make my own! So I finally did it and spoiler- love it! Here’s how to make a diy rainbow doormat
how to make a diy rainbow doormat
- Doormat 23″ x 35″
- Paint- Cupcake Pink
- Honey Hut 2102-60
- Mannequin Cream 2152-60
- Golden Tan 2152-40
- Crystalline AF-485
- Tranquility AF-490
- White Satin – 2067-70
- Windmill Wings 2067-60
- Painters Tape
- Heavy Duty Scissors
I used outdoor latex paint for this project. Interior latex paint or craft paint would work as well.
step 1- cut out the doormat
The first part of this project is probably the trickiest- cutting the mat. How do you draw a semi circle on a bristly mat? Well, turn it upside down and draw on the back! The black rubber backing is easy to draw on! Note, for this tutorial I bought a larger doormat. Any size will do, but the bigger the mat, the more bold the result will be.
To create the semi circle, I used a string and a thumbtack and pinned it into the bottom center of the mat. Then I tied a pencil onto the string. Next, I stretched out the string and used the tied on pencil to draw the semi circle. The pencil mark was hard to see, so I tried erasing it. Turns out, eraser marks are easy to see on black rubber!
Once I had my semi circle how I wanted it, I started cutting on the line with heavy duty scissors. It’s a little hard and tedious to cut through the doormat, but it definitely works. Note, you’ll get a big mess with the little pieces of fibers from the mat falling off so this might be a good project to do outside. Or just be prepared to sweep up the mess.
Next, I decided that I wanted my arches to be 2″ since that’s what worked to show all the colors I wanted to paint on. So I put painter’s tape at the 2″ mark. Then I eye balled the first arch to have it mirror the arch of the overall shape. Once the outline is drawn, I went in with a thicker brush to fill in the line.
And now, just repeat the arch painting. To fill in the inside of the arch, you’ll want to dap the paint on with a paint brush. It takes time and a good amount of paint to fill the mat with color.
For the center of the rainbow, instead of cutting it out for an actual rainbow shape, I just painted it blue. That way I have as much doormat space for show wiping as possible. Ready to see how it turned out?!
Ta da! Look at this cutie!!! The happiest pastel rainbow doormat I ever did see!!! I really like how it fits nicely in front of the door.
But the question is- what way should the doormat go? The flat side touching the front door or the arch touching the front door? Let me know in the comments! Also do you kind of want to make one now?!
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