How to Create a Customised Doormat

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Posted on June 3, 2021 by Laura-Jade Bennie
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A customised doormat is a great way to welcome friends and family into your home. It also provides a creative way to inject some personality into more generic front entrances which are often found in apartments or when more permanent fixtures are not permitted, such as rentals or short stay accommodation.

This tutorial is a step-by step guide to creating your own unique design, which is not only for personal use, but can make a great gift idea for newly-weds, new homeowners or “just because…”.

What You Will Need

What You Will Need

  • Computer with access to Canva
  • Freezer Paper
  • Scissors
  • Burnishing Tool or Plastic Bank Card
  • Cutting Machine (This tutorial has used the Cricut Maker with the compatible long Light Grip mat)
  • Cutting Machine Software (Cricut is compatible with Design Space)
  • Blank Coir Doormat
  • Rust-Oleum Leak Seal Spray Paint in Black or Similar Rubber Spray Paint
  • Dust Mask/Safety Mask
  • Heat Resistant Tape
  • Heat Press or Iron
  • Weeding Tool

Useful Tools

  • Drop Sheet
  • Scrap Paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Ruler

Getting Started

The first step to creating your custom doormat is designing your artwork. This tutorial has used Canva.com, a free online design resource which is not only easy to use but gives you access to fonts and templates making great design available to everyone.

Visit www.canva.com and create an account, this process is free. There is a premium version which is a paid-for resource however the free version is perfectly adequate for this project.

Once you have signed up, click on the “Create a Design” button in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Select “Custom Size” and input the physical dimensions of your doormat, this tutorial uses a doormat which is 580mm(w) x 400mm(h). Make sure to select the unit of measurement you are working in for example: mm or cm. When you are done, click the “Create New Design” button.

Setting up the Canvas Setting Up the Canvas

You will be taken into a new project window with a canvas space the size of your physical Doormat. The Cricut machine has a maximum cutting area of approximately 29cm x 59cm. It is useful to create a border this size or smaller as a reminder of these parameters. This will also be useful when aligning your design. This border is only a reference guide and will not be cut.

Inserting a Border Creating the Border

To create the border, click on the elements button on the left-hand side of the screen. Select “Shapes” and scroll until you find the transparent square with a solid border. Select this shape and it will appear on your canvas. Resize the square evenly across your canvas, being mindful to stay within the 29cm x 59cm restrictions. Centre the border on the canvas by clicking on “Position” and making sure “Middle” and “Centre” are selected (these options will be greyed-out if selected).

Centring the Border Centring the Border

Your size template has now been set-up and you are ready to get started on the custom design. Click on the “Text” button on the left-hand side of the screen. This will take you to the font panel which includes sample font combinations. You can choose to use an existing font combination or click the “Add a Heading” button to add a text box to your canvas. You can change the font by clicking on the drop-down arrow and selecting your chosen font. You can also change the size of the font either numerically or by using the size toggles on the canvas.

Inserting Text Inserting Text

Changing the Font Type Changing and Browsing the Font Type

To curve your text, click on “Effects” and select “Curve”. You can then adjust the amount of curve using the slider at the bottom of the screen.

Curving the TextCurving the Text

Curving your text and using different text sizes and font combinations all contribute to adding interest to your final design. This tutorial has used text only in the design however you could include simple images provided the lines can be cut out on the selected cutting machine.

Final DesignFinal Design

Canva is a fantastic design resource. If you are not already familiar with it, it would be worth your while to explore the capabilities and further offers. You can also upload your own images (Jpeg or PNG) which means you can include all your Creative Fabrica purchases/downloads in your designs!

Once you are happy with your design you can download it by clicking on the “Download” button. Downloading as a PNG is the recommended file type. Save the design to a location where you will be able to access it from Design Space as required.

Downloading the Final ArtworkDownloading the Final Artwork

Side Note: You can skip this entire process with help from Creative Fabrica. Their amazing design community have created an assortment of ready-made designs specifically for Doormats/Welcome Mats. Just visit www.creativefabrica.com and search for “Doormat”. It’s that easy!

Importing into Design Space

Start by opening Design Space and creating a new project. Upload your design file by clicking on the “Upload” button in the left-hand side toolbar. Click “Upload Image” and either Drag & Drop your file or Browse your file location. Select “Simple” and “Continue”.

Uploading the artwork Uploading the Design File

Upload ImageUpload Image

Upload and Select Simple Upload the Image and Select Simple

The image needs to be turned into a stencil by selecting the areas you would like to remove or have the cutting machine cut around.  This can be done by “Erasing” the areas to be cut. When selected, these areas will change from solid white to the blue and white patterned background which indicates the area is transparent. Once you have selected all the areas click “Continue”. Select “Cut Image” and name your image accordingly. Adding tags to your image is useful when searching your uploaded images for future projects. Click “Upload” when you are finished. Select your uploaded file and click “Insert Image”.

Select and EraseErase Unwanted Areas to Create the Stencil

Select Cut ImageSelect Cut Image, Name the Image and Upload

Adjust your image to fit within the cutting limitations of your machine. This tutorial uses the Cricut Maker which has a cutting limit of approximately 29cm x 59cm. To maintain your image proportions keep them locked using the “Lock” icon on the bottom left corner of the image.

Adjust the ImageResize to Fit Cutting Limitations

When you are happy with the size of your design, click “Make It” in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

If your image is longer than 29cm you will be prompted by the Design Space program to use the longer cutting mat.

Preparing the Cutting Mat

What You Need CuttingApplying the Freezer Paper to the Cutting Mat

What You Will Need

  • Long Light Grip Cutting Mat
  • Freezer Paper
  • Burnishing Tool or Plastic Bank Card
  • Scissors

Cut the Freezer Paper to accommodate your design. If you would like to measure it against the mat, make sure the protective film of the mat is still in place or the Freezer Paper will stick to the surface of the mat. Once you have cut the paper, remove the protective film of the mat. Apply the paper (shiny side down) along the short side of the mat from corner to corner. Using a burnishing tool or similar, work out any air bubbles as you apply the paper down the length of the mat. Work over the entire surface of the paper to ensure it is firmly in place.

Cutting the Stencil Design

Cutting the StencilCutting the Stencil Design

Feed the mat into the cutting machine. Go to your canvas in Design Space and click “Make It” on the top right-hand corner of the screen. If your design is longer than 29.2cm you will be prompted to use the longer mat. Having already set-up your mat you can click “Ok” to continue. If you are satisfied with the placement of your design on the cutting mat, click “Continue”.

longer MatSetting Up the Cutting Mat

Your device will connect to your cutting machine (This tutorial uses the Cricut Maker).

Select Freezer Paper as the base material. You will find this by clicking on “Browse All Materials” and searching through the “All Materials” toolbar. If you plan to use Freezer Paper in future projects, mark it as a favourite which will pin it to your “Favourites” list for easy reference.

Select Freezer PaperSelect Freezer Paper Material

Follow the Design Space prompts to complete the cutting process. This tutorial has used the standard Fine-Point Blade which comes with the Cricut Maker.

Follow the DS promptsFollow the Design Space Prompts to Complete the Cutting Process

Once the design has been cut you will need to weed all the unwanted areas to create the stencil.

Weed The StencilWeed the Stencil

Adding the Design to the Coir Doormat

What you needWhat You Need

What You Will Need

  • Blank Coir Doormat
  • Heat Resistant Tape
  • Stencil Design
  • Heat Press or Iron (This tutorial uses the Cricut Medium Heat Press)

Transfer your stencil design from the cutting mat onto the coir doormat. Be mindful not to tear the paper as you remove it from the sticky cutting mat. Centre the stencil on the doormat (shiny side down) and secure it in place using heat resistant tape.

Position the stencil on the matPosition the Stencil on the Mat and Secure with Heat Resistant Tape 

Using a heat press or iron, press the stencil onto the doormat using a medium heat until the stencil has adhered to the surface of the mat. Use shorter presses to prevent the paper from burning. The surface of the paper will become slightly wrinkled, and some areas could start to discolour but the stencil should still be easily removed from the mat.

Use Heat Press to Secure StencilUsing a Heat Press Secure the Stencil to the Mat

Spray Painting the Mat

Materials for SprayingSupplies for Spraying 

What You Will Need

  • Rust-Oleum Leak Seal Spray Paint in Black or Similar Rubber Spray
  • Drop Sheet
  • Scrap Paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Dust Mask/Safety Mask
  • Prepared Doormat with Stencil

Prepare your workspace in a sheltered, well ventilated area. It is advisable to use a drop-sheet or similar protective layer over the floor/work surface you will be spraying on. Place the Doormat on the drop sheet and cover the area around the stencil with scrap paper/newspaper to protect it from any overspray. Secure the scrap paper to the mat and stencil with masking tape.

Prepare Work SpacePrepare your Working Area

Before you start spray painting make sure you are wearing a dust/safety mask which is adequately rated to protect you from inhaling any paint or chemicals from the spraying process. Following the spraying guidelines outlined on the product packaging, spray an even layer over the entire stencil area. To create cleaner lines and prevent the paint from bleeding under the stencil it is recommended to spray at a straight downward angle over the mat and not at a diagonal as this could push the paint under the stencil. Allow at least one hour of drying time before removing the stencil from the mat. Follow the recommended product drying time before using the doormat.

Spray Paint the Stencil Spray Painting the Stencil

Your personalised doormat is now ready for you to enjoy!

Enjoy


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