You’ve probably pinned variations of this DIY before- it’s all over the internet, but I wanted to share a version that gives everyone access to custom typography! You guys know I’m picky about type because of my background in graphic design and this project was no exception.
This DIY was the result of a tight tight budget due to renovating. I’ve had my eye on a custom door mat for awhile now, but as I was about to shoot the front entry for you guys sans doormat, I had the idea to make one myself. It cost all of $25 and took about 30 minutes. Click through for a sophisticated, monogram doormat that looks like you splurged. This budget friendly project couldn’t have come at a better time… just in time for your holiday guests to arrive (and to wipe snow from your boots).
Step 1 // Print your custom template. If you’d like a printable template, all you have to do is comment below with the monogram letter, font name, and your email address. I’ll email you a printable file and you can cut it out and get started! Easy peasy, right? Consider it a little early holiday gift from me to you. Here’s the fonts you have to choose from:
Step 2 // Trace a circle. I decided to stylize my monogram and add a circle around the letter. To begin, I traced a mixing bowl (an 11″ circle) with a sharpie directly onto the rug.
Step 3 // Print the template. Print and cut out your custom letter. This can be done on regular printer paper.
Step 4 // Trace the letter onto poster board. After your letter has been cut out, trace it onto poster board. It’s helpful to trace the same size circle onto the poster board first…. then measure, center, and trace the letter.
Step 5 // Cut out the stencil. Carefully cut out the stencil. I used an X-acto for this step because it makes the inner letter a little easier.
Step 6 // Paint the stenciled monogram. Using a sponge brush, press the paint onto the stencil. Be careful not to shift the stencil during this process. The rug really soaks up a lot of paint, so be generous and use a lot! The outcome will look nice, saturated, and dark if you go heavy on the paint.
Step 7 // Remove the stencil. Gently pull the stencil straight up, revealing the monogram. I freehanded the circle around the letter after stenciling the interior letter. Allow the rug to dry overnight, then it’s all finished!
Not bad for a quick and inexpensive DIY, right? By doing this myself, I saved over $50. I invited one of my girlfriends over while doing this project and she made one as well. We got to chatting about how these would also make really thoughtful Christmas gifts. My pet peeve is a DIY that looks like a DIY. It’s safe to say this looks like a spendy purchase… so I’m calling that a win.
As soon as my house numbers arrive in the mail, I’ll be sharing the entire front entry (sorry to keep you waiting)– a new exterior door, my coveted vintage door knocker, the custom doormat, new exterior lighting, and a new outdoor plant! Just wait until you see the before and after.
Ok, are you guys going to give this one a shot? Let me know which monogram and font you want!! Share it with your friends so they can join in the fun. Everyone have a great week!