Learning how to make a doormat with Cricut was absolutely worth it to have a gnome greet me at the door! You will love that you can use your cutting machine, but even more: this actually lasts!
How to Paint a DIY Doormat for the Front Door
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I am a bit of a gnome fan. I like to make gnome crafts all the time and I never get enough (if it isn’t painfully obvious that I have an entire YouTube channel dedicated to them…). Something whimsical about these little folks make it just such a pleasure to see them.
I also really love learning new crafting techniques and putting them into practice. Putting together this Cricut doormat tutorial was fun, as was figuring out the best sealants to use to preserve it.
If you’re feeling like this cutie pie – or anything else – needs to be on your porch, let’s get started.
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What Cricut Machine Can I Use to Cut Stencils?
I get asked this question quite often so I thought I would put the answer here before we start on the tutorial for the doormat. The answer is: you can use most machines and vinyl to make a stencil.
Obviously the Maker will cut almost anything you shove into it, so you’re good if you have one. The Explore Air 2 will cut vinyl like butter so proceed if you have that.
If you have the Cricut Joy, cutting a stencil is doable but might be a little tedious. I would use the mat, not the rolls to cut a stencil for a doormat because you need it to be sizable enough to be easily seen. This means you might have to cut tall pieces on the mat vertically which would result in more cuts.
My 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 door mat. It would make an adorable sign, too.
- Making a Cricut stencil is pretty easy – you can use Cricut stencil vinyl (it’s a light blue product), but honestly removable works really well, too.
- While this tutorial focuses on how to make a doormat with Cricut, you do not have to use a Cricut machine to make a stencil. You can print this file and cut the template out of vinyl by hand. I recommend an Exacto knife.
- While I’ve seen tutorials for using Flex Seal or other outdoor spray paint 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. Use a stiff brush and multiple coats (just like when you’re painting anything else), and you can get some really bright, vibrant colors.
- 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!
- Clear sealant should be used on this project, just to make sure it stays nice. My preference are spray sealants like this one and this one.
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.
More Gnome Crafts You Might Like
- Gnome Stickers – If you’re a gnome-lover, making gnome stickers or decals has got to be “up there” on the list of fun things to do!
- Standing Scarecrow Gnome Pattern – Want to dig into a fun fall gnome craft with your Cricut? Make this easy standing scarecrow gnome and scare off all the crows!
- Needle Felting Gnome Art – Such a fun way to pass some time and make an adorable gnome wall art with’s so full of life and whimsy!
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