Create your own Welcome Foolish Mortals doormat with the instructions below!
A few months ago I created my own Disney welcome mat for the front door – I was happy with how it turned out, and 6 months later I’m even happier at how well it’s holding up! Doormats I purchased from Target and the like faded really quickly but this one is still going strong. Since it worked well the first time, I decided to get seasonal and create a Welcome Foolish Mortals doormat.
Inspired by The Haunted Mansion, I thought this would be perfect for the fall/Halloween season. Though honest, the sentiment of calling people foolish mortals could be appropriate year round! 😉 I purchased a Haunted Mansion font to make this one. I also got to use my Circut for the first time! I just purchased it in September and I’m excited to do more crafting.
A couple of tips or things I learned while making this. My cricut only prints up to 12×12, and a doormat is larger than that. So I had to print out the design in sections and then line them up as best I could. I was also concerned about the stencil not working perfectly and the paint bleeding under it. This hasn’t been an issue as everything turns out great.
This design took me a good deal of paint. I used about a bottle and a half of the acrylic outdoor black paint in the materials below. Each of those bottles is 2 oz. So I probably used about 3 oz. of paint.
I’ve never done this before as I’m new to Cricut but I’m happy to share my file with anyone who wants it – click here for the cricut link. Let me know if this doesn’t work!
And if you want to see a quick video of my whole process, I put that together too!
How to make a Welcome Foolish Mortals doormat:
- Natural coir doormat (I got this one from Amazon)
- Cardstock or stencil paper
- painter’s tape
- Outdoor acrylic black paint
- Foam paintbrush
- Smaller brush for detailing
- Create your design. Feel free to use the one I shared through cricut or make your own. If you don’t have a Cricut you could still print something out and cut it out by hand with an exacto knife.
- Print the design onto cardstock or stencil paper.
- Secure the stencil to your mat using painter’s tape.
- Get ready to paint! You may need to do this in sections depending on how your stencils printed. I used the large foam brush to do most of the painting.
- Let dry, and do a second coat if necessary.
- Remove stencils. Use small brush to touch up any spots.
- Place your mat outside and enjoy!
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What do you think of this Welcome Foolish Mortals doormat? What sort of design would you put on a welcome mat?