DIY Monogram Doormat

Make a customized doormat with only a few supplies for a fraction of the cost of the ones at the big box stores!  Best part about this is your DIY Monogram Doormat can  look any way your heart desires!

Here is how this played out in my house!

“Aren’t people just going to wipe their feet on it?”  A question that I would expect to hear from my husband’s mouth, but instead it came out of my 5 year old’s mouth!  Just like his daddy!

Me: “Well, yes, but I didn’t want it to be boring.  I wanted it to be pretty!”

Michael:  “Alright but don’t complain to me when someone wipes mud all over it!”

Me:  {Seeing wheels turning in his little head} “Don’t you dare wipe mud all over it!”

Michael: {Disappointed look…turned into evil mischievous look} “OK!” and runs out!

BOYS!  Seriously…

DIY Monogram Doormat
Anyway…..I needed a new doormat for the front door.  We just threw our old ones away when we moved so we were in need of a new one.  And yes, Michael is correct, people will just wipe their feet on it so I didn’t want to spend a fortune!

I love the ones at BBB that have the rubber base with cute swirls and then you can interchange the mats for your Last Name Initial or holidays.  I just needed an initial but not at $60.

I started out with this guy from Wal-Mart.  $6.  You can’t beat that.  Clean lines, colors I wanted.  Score!

Let’s back track shall we?  Remember my Initial Frame I made back in December?  Before I had my new Cameo?  the one I cut from Vinyl by hand to show you how you can play with vinyl too without a cutter?  And I said “I’m going to hold on to the negative of the Initial and use it again” ???  Well here is where I used it!!

I added it to the doormat.  I went back and forth…centered, off centered, centered, off centered…

To the left it was!  (My husband would then start singing Beyoncé’s “To the left, to the left…” )

I placed the vinyl down and poured some Black Acrylic Paint.  Acrylic is permanent and that’s what you want!  I started with a foam brush but it wasn’t covering that great.  It couldn’t get in all the nooks and cranny’s of the rug.

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So I switched to a stencil brush…it worked MUCH BETTER!  Stencil brushes have stiff coarse bristles.

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Those stiff bristles were able to get into all the nooks and crannies!

When going around the edges, be sure to hold the brush perpendicular to the doormat, not at an angle.  You want clean lines.  If you hold at an angle, then paint will get under the vinyl and your lines will be messy.  I let the paint dry for a bit and then removed the vinyl!

Here is a before of my front porch.  A dirty outline of the former owner’s doormat and sidewalk chalk drawings…an Apple and the letters T!

And now!  I don’t mind the sidewalk chalk!  It can stay!  :)

DIY Monogram Doormat

So a fabulous, personalized doormat for under $10!  Can’t beat that!

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38 Responses
  • Cookie17
    May 7, 2012

    Like this idea,we go through couple each year glad told where you can get low priced (cheaplol,) mats,Thank’s Hon have great week…

    • Cheryl
      May 7, 2012

      yes, so you can change them our for seasons also and it won’t break your bank! So far it has lasted a few huge thunderstorms and still looks great! :)

  • Jen Marrs
    May 7, 2012

    Cheryl- this is so cute! I was looking for a mat at walmart about a month ago to do this with- And this one you found is Perfect! Think I may have to head back and see if they have it! Great job!

  • Maureen
    May 7, 2012


    Who drew the apple?


    P.S. I love to stencil! It can be the greatest way to decorate. I did rabbits on Jac’s nursery walls and wish I could send you a picture but I don’t know how to do that. :(

    • Cheryl
      May 7, 2012

      Michael drew it…for Ryan. Ryan is a bit obsessed with “A…A…Apples!” :)

  • Danyelle Franciosa
    May 7, 2012

    Hello Cheryl, that was very cute and I love the idea in making that Mat! Who drew the apple? I was expecting what’s next with the letter S and I wonder you put only S.

  • Emily
    May 7, 2012

    Great Idea. I need to cut one of those Cameos so I can have letters people can read.

  • suzyhomemaker
    May 8, 2012

    I love this mat! You did such a good job. I really want to make one now. I will need to pin it, since my project list os very long right now.

    • Cheryl
      May 8, 2012

      Thanks! I understand…the to do list never seems to get any shorter!

  • Tausha
    May 8, 2012

    This is genius! I have been racking my brain to know what to do for my mom for mothers day. She is the woman who has everything and she does not have anymore wall space. This is perfect! Thank you so much! Pinning for sure!

    Thanks so much for inspiration!
    Have a happy Tuesday!

  • Morena
    May 8, 2012

    It looks like you bought it! I need some mats to replace the back door ones the dog chewed up….grrrr. Thanks for the great idea! Off to wally world….

    • Cheryl
      May 8, 2012

      Thanks Morena! So much better than actually buying it :) (and cheaper too!)

  • Maureen
    May 8, 2012

    Hey Girlfriend,

    I forgot to say yesterday that isn’t it a “YES” moment when you finally find the use for the extra part that you’ve held onto for awhile? My husband is a huge “Oh Throw It Out” person and I am NOT! It drives me crazy the way he can get rid of things. Example – We had been married about a year and I had bought a map of the city we were living in so that I could find my way around. Internet was brand new and there weren’t things like Google and Mapquest yet. Everytime he decided to be helpful and clean my car he threw out the map. This made me buy another eventually. I had to buy three overall. His thinking was that we live here; we don’t need a map. Mine was that there is so much to see and do; we could use a map! I finally told him that he wasn’t allowed to clean out my car anymore. LOL
    I hope you are having the best day ever!


    • Cheryl
      May 8, 2012

      Yes, I feel all smart and thrifty and give myself a little pat on the back! And I am SURE to gloat to my husband about how I saved something and used it again! You know…just to prove my point! :) Have a great day also!

  • Becca
    May 9, 2012

    I adore this idea. I have a cheapo dollar store mat in front of our door. It’s navy blue- wondering if white paint would work. Get messy quicker, but I’m gonna give it a shot. Thanks for the idea. I’ll link back to this post if I finish it :)

  • [email protected] Favorite Finds
    May 9, 2012

    I chose this as a feature on Sugar Bee Crafts today. Stop by and check it out.

  • Belle
    May 9, 2012

    Looks great! I’d love for you to add it on my link party at: Thanks!

  • kendra
    May 10, 2012

    This is awesome! I need to replace my mat anyways, I’m pinning but hopefully I will do it soon!!! Cheers!

  • Karen Whitney
    May 14, 2012

    This is gorgeous! It came out great! I voted for you in that contest, you are like #10 now, well done you :)

    • Cheryl
      May 14, 2012

      Thanks Karen! I appreciate the nice comment on my doormat and the vote!

  • Such a good idea! I just ordered a Cameo last week, a mother’s day gift if you will, so I’ll have to go back to your archives to see how you are getting along with yours:)


  • Lolly Jane
    May 18, 2012

    So cute and simple. Pinned (:

    • Cheryl
      May 18, 2012

      Thanks! :) Have a great weekend!

  • Michelle
    May 19, 2012

    Really cute – going to make a special wedding present! Pinned it :)

    • Cheryl
      May 20, 2012

      Thanks Michelle! I am itching to make a few more!

  • Love this monogrammed door mat tutorial…in fact, I love it so much, I just had to include it in my round up of practical gift ideas for moving and housewarming. Here’s the link if you want to stop by and check it out!

    The Thinking Closet

    • Cheryl
      April 29, 2013

      Awesome! Thanks Lauren! It’s one of my favorite projects to date!

    February 1, 2014

    Those look amazingly like mine . Hmmm. I’ve been selling these for a few years now.

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      February 2, 2014

      I made mine a few years ago! Still holding up fantastically! Great minds think alike! I was just making my version of the ones I saw at Bed Bath & Beyond. Luckily Wal-Mart Carries that great blank canvas!

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