Painted Door Mat Tutorial

    Posted by  ·  January 14, 2011

    It is cold and snowy here! This Friday Flashback will give your front door a festive look while providing the perfect spot to wipe snowy shoes!


    To make this door mat you need a carpet sample , ours were free from our local store. Since we repeat this craft all year round he knows us! He didn’t have the rectangle size (or texture free) we like so these square ones had to do. It is best to try to get the regular pile-not Berber, shag or textured carpet.

    We made our own stamps by cutting shapes out of foam sheets and rubber cementing them to a bock of wood.


    Each stamp needs two layers of foam, so be sure to cut two for each stamp you make. Once you have the foam shape glued to the wood, put something heavy and flat on top of your stamp while the glue dries. This keeps the foam from curling.


    We paint (we use acrylic) the paint on the stamps with a foam brush. This is easier than dipping and keeps the area around the stamp clean—which is very important. Use a lot of paint.


    This is probably the only time that rocking and jiggling your stamp is okay. You are trying to work the paint into the carpet. I suggest asking for one extra carpet sample and give a few practice runs to get the feel of the amount of paint, pressure and jiggling you need to do. Kids love to use both hands and press really hard (an important reason you want to keep the surrounding wood of the stamp paint free). An adult probably needs to give the stamp a final press –depending on the age of the child.


    If your print comes off light, simply take your foam brush and work a bit more paint in those areas.


    Once you are finished the stamps can be rinsed off with water. Allow them to dry completely before storing.

    If you don’t want to make your own stamps you can always use the large foam die-cut sponges found at craft stores. Make sure to dampen your sponge and then dip into paint. You will find an especially nice selection of these sponges around Halloween.

    I have asked for 25 carpet samples at one time (give the carpet store some notice so they can collect them for you) so we could do this for the craft at a holiday party at school with 1st and 5th graders. It actually worked out beautifully. I was able to die-cut the shapes out of foam so I had plenty without me having to cut them all . I had parents each with their own stamp and color of paint and walk around the room allowing the children (who stayed at their desks) to stamp their carpets. The parents would paint the stamp each time. We set the carpets out in the hallway to dry. We did this at the very beginning of the party so they had time to dry before heading home (on the buses -oh my I am sure I was popular with those drivers that day!).


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    1. Rachel
      Friday, March 2nd, 2012

      In Switzerland we use Patatoes for the stamps, it's a little easier to handle for the kids.

    2. Melinda
      Friday, February 4th, 2011
      I would love to see pictures of other door mats that you have made!
    3. Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
      This is such a great idea. My daughter loves to do crafts with me we will have to try this!
    4. Tiffany
      Monday, January 17th, 2011
      Luv this idea for making stamps, genius!!!
    5. Sunday, January 16th, 2011
      LOVE LOVE LOVE this site! Will be checking in daily to see what other wonderful things you have added! :)
    6. Saturday, January 15th, 2011
      If I hadn't just brought a new door mat, I would so be making this right now! So cute!
    7. Saturday, January 15th, 2011
      Found you through a google search on fabric napkins :) I love your blog!

      Semalee @ Nailing Jello to a Tree
    8. Saturday, January 15th, 2011
      I totally love this idea!!! :)
    9. Jennifer
      Friday, January 14th, 2011
      Thank you so much for reposting this. I have been looking every where for this. I remembered reading this last year, and couldn't remember where (I have it flagged now!) I am so excited to do this. I think My son will love doing this. We are going to do snowflakes.
    10. Friday, January 14th, 2011
      I've got 100 carpet samples from my husband's work. Looks like we'll be doing a girl scout project...
    11. Friday, January 14th, 2011
      I {heart} this! :) Thanks for sharing!
    12. Friday, January 14th, 2011
      That is such a fantastic idea! It is so cute though, I don't know if I would want to wipe my feet on it! My kids would love to make those, thanks for the great idea!
    13. Friday, January 14th, 2011
      OH this is so cute!! I would love to do this with my Alie! :)
    14. Friday, January 14th, 2011
      super cute idea! and what a great gift!!
    15. Friday, January 14th, 2011
      What a cute idea! It really is too bad that my apartment building doesn't allow us doormats outside our apartments :-(
    16. Lisa
      Friday, January 14th, 2011
      Very cute!