Learning how to make a doormat with Cricut was absolutely worth it to have a gnome doormat to greet me at the door!
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I am a bit of a gnome-lover. I like to make gnome crafts all the time and I never get enough. Something whimsical about these little folks make it just such a pleasure to see them. And I really love learning new crafting techniques.
So, when I found a fun tutorial for how to make a doormat with Cricut, I just knew a gnome doormat was headed my way!
If you’re feeling like this cutie pie needs to be on your porch, let’s get started.
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Tips to How to Make a Doormat with Cricut
- Start by getting the welcome gnome cut file set here. You can use this for more than just a doormat, honestly – it would make an adorable sign or any number of other crafts. But, while this tutorial focuses on how to make a doormat with Cricut, you do not have to use a Cricut. You can use this cut file with any cutting machine – or with no cutting machine at all! Just print your design, using it as a template to cut the vinyl by hand.
- While I’ve seen lots of tutorials for using flex seal or other outdoor spray paint technique for making doormats, I personally didn’t find the idea appealing. What I did like was making a multi-color doormat with outdoor acrylic paints like these. Using a stiff brush and multiple coats (just like when you’re painting anything else), you can get some really bright, vibrant colors that are definitely worth the little bit of extra time.
- When you’re painting, use a stiff brush (I know I said that, but it’s worth reiterating) and go between the bristles of the coir doormat. Just putting the paint on top of the bristles might look fine in the moment you paint it, but if you get the color deep into the mat, you’re going to be so much more happy with how long the artwork lasts. I have had this doormat at the door and in-use for a couple of months now (I wanted to make sure the color wouldn’t fade before I shared the tutorial) and it is showing NO wear. Quite lovely for a fun craft I did one afternoon on a lark! LOL!
How Do I Make this Gnome Doormat?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a Cricut crafts playlist on YouTube, here is our how to make a doormat with Cricut video tutorial.
- Masking Tape or Painters Tape
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- Fine Cutting Blade
- Light Grip Mat
- Transfer Tape
- Weeding Tools
- Permanent or Removable Vinyl
- Stiff Paint Brushes
- Download the cut file and upload it to Cricut Design Space. Follow the prompts to resize the design to fit the size of your doormat.
- Select the entire design and click "attach" in the bottom right corner so that all of the elements will stay together on the mat so the weeding process is easier for you.
- Follow the prompts to cut the file from the vinyl and load the vinyl into the machine as directed.
- Remove the vinyl from the machine and weed the elements that you do not need in order to make a stencil for the lettering only. Leave all of the gnome elements in place.
- Place the transfer tape across the weeded vinyl design and rub it down to affix the transfer tape to the vinyl design elements.
- Peel the transfer tape and attached vinyl off of the vinyl backing sheet. Then place the vinyl elements onto the doormat where desired.
- Gently press down the design (it will not stick well, but it will stick enough) and remove the transfer tape. In order to help get the vinyl to stay in place, just in case, tape down the edges of the vinyl onto the mat.
- With black paint, working in an up-and-down motion, getting the paint down into the bristles of the mat, paint the lettering for welcome gnome.
- Remove the innermost, light-colored section (I chose to start with the nose) and paint that portion, working outward and doing the lightest colors first before working with the darker colors.
- Remove the outermost gnome design elements (the outside outline) and paint the final element of the gnome, then go back over the entire design with a second coat of paint, if desired.
- Remove the vinyl stencil in its entirety while the paint is still damp. Allow the doormat to dry completely then put it on your porch because it's complete!
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