Outdoor Welcome Mat

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

  • Spray Paint – We used Krylon® Fusion All-In-One™ Satin White
  • Piece of cardboard – Big enough to fully cover the mat
  • Outdoor doormat – We found ours at IKEA for about $5, similar one HERE
  • Utility Knife
  • Pencil
  • Painters Tape

Step 2: Cut Out Your Saying

For this step, we used a piece of cardboard that was laying around in the shop and a utility-knife. To make sure that extra spray paint won’t get on the mat beyond the saying, make sure the piece of cardboard is big enough to full cover the mat. First, we wrote the saying in block letters on the sheet of cardboard. Then, we used the utility-knife to cut through the cardboard and punch the letters out, so that you’re left with open block letters that form the saying.

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Step 3: Tape Down the Cardboard

Center the saying over the doormat to ensure that the placement is where you want it to be. Then use painter’s tape to secure the cardboard in place over the mat.

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Step 4: Spray Paint

Now, it’s time for the fun part! Get our your spray paint and hold the cardboard down with one hand as you spray in the other. At first, we had tried black spray paint without holding the cardboard down and the paint bled more than we wanted. The second time around, we used white spray paint, held it a little further away, and put pressure on the cardboard so there wasn’t a ton of paint bleeding out beyond the cutouts. If the spray paint is a little too light to read, go over the letters 2-3 times so that the letters are clearly seen.

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Step 5: Check Out Your Work

Once the spray paint has had a little time to dry, remove the cardboard piece and check out your work! We love how the white turned out, since it’s not as bold as the black and didn’t bleed into the rug.

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