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Custom Monogram Doormat

monogram-jute-door-mat 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).

monogram-door-mat What you’ll need for this project:
– Black Acrylic Paint
Jute Door Mat
– Sponge Paint Brush
– Sharpie
– Scissors or X-Acto Knife
Poster Board
– Printable Template (see below)

painted-monogram-diy 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:

custom-monogram-template 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.

door-mat-diy Step 3 // Print the template. Print and cut out your custom letter. This can be done on regular printer paper.

monogram-door-mat-diy 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.

monogram-diy 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.

monogram-jute-door-mat-diy 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.

mat-diy 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!

diy-monogram-door-mat 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.


holiday-monogram-door-mat-diy 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!


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    Allison H
    November 14, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    love that! so simple and personal!

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      November 14, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks Allison! Let me know if you want a template :) xo

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    November 14, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Hello! When you say you freehanded the circle, does that mean you used the sharpie to fill it in, or did you use a small brush to fill in the sharpie-lined circle?

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      November 14, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Hi Isabel! Great question. I just used a smaller paint sponge to fill in the lines. The sharpie is just for tracing! Hope this helps to clarify. xo

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    November 14, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Futura “S”.. thank you so much!!!!

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      November 14, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      Your template is on the way! xo

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    November 17, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Fantastic idea! Where did you purchase the mat?

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      November 17, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks, Katie! The exact mat I purchased is linked in the supply list. xo

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    November 18, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    I know a few people who will be getting these as Christmas presents! any way I could get a “G”, “H”, and “M” in Georgia? thanks for sharing such an easy and beautiful DIY project!

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      November 18, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Sure thing!! I just sent over your templates :) Let me know how they like them. xo

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    December 4, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I would like the R in Georgia font. Thank you!

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      December 5, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      It’s on the way! xo

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    Linda Garoffolo
    December 6, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Sarah, great project! I would like an H in Georgia font. Thanks, Linda

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    Barbara Bettis
    December 6, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Would love to have fonts

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      December 6, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Just let me know which letter and font you prefer, Barbara ;) xo

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    Deborah H Forsythe
    December 6, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Love the mat–very classy. I’d like F in kefa font. May I ask for more than one template? If so I would also like V & Z. . I enjoyed looking at the decor. I imagine the rest of you home is just as lovely Thanks much.

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    December 6, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Beautiful! Would love Cambria E

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    Julie Anne
    December 6, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Classically beautiful!
    C in Playfair

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    cynthia overton
    December 6, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Hi I would like to have the Monogram template in Abril for letter O and T.. I love your simplicity and elegant!!

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    Corinne Collette
    December 6, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Thank you for such an amazing DIY.. I can’t wait to try this out, as we are moving into our new home this week. I would love the Letter K Georgia and the letter C in Georgia font as well. Thank you very much. Happy Holidays to you and yours

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    December 13, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I just purchased a home and was looking for a monogrammed door mat that wasn’t $50 or higher. This looks great and seems easy to do! Has the paint worn off any?

    Could you please email me a template of the letter “Q” in Verlag, Avenir and Gotham?

    Thank you so much and happy holidays!

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      December 13, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Hi Neda! So far, it’s holding up great. I will say- the area in which I have the mat is pretty covered, so it isn’t really exposed to weather. I actually made another one to test it, and put it under one of our gutters to see how it held up… it faded, but the biggest issue was the jute shedding. Hope this helps! I’ll email over your templates. Happy holidays to you and yours! xo

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    December 16, 2016 at 6:08 am

    I would love to make this for all my siblings. Could I please get the following in Georgia font: B, C, G, K, M
    Thank you so much!

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      December 16, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Hi Lynn! What a thoughtful gift. I’ve emailed over your templates. Happy holidays! xo

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    Brooke Fox
    January 4, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Can you send me an “F” in playfair? Love this idea! Thanks so much!!!

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      January 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      No problem! It’s on the way. xo

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    Camika P.
    April 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Such a fun post! Can’t wait to attempt this DIY, can I please get a ‘P’ in georgia?

    Thank you :)

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      April 1, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you! Good luck, Camika… I just sent over your custom file. xo

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    Susan Parsons
    November 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    What a fun project! Can you send me “P” in Cambria…..thanks”

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      November 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Sure thing, Susan! Coming to your inbox now. xox

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    January 15, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Could I have an M in playfair pretty please?


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      January 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      I just emailed it over! Enjoy :)

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    June 19, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Sarah ,

    Can you please email me S in Cambria .

    Thank you

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    June 19, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    And in Georgia please . Thank you soo much

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    Amy Pease
    December 12, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Hi Sarah, great project! Could I get an S and a K, both in Kefa? Thanks so much!

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