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Crafting Month: Create a Customized Doormat

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Posted on March 5, 2023 by Creative Fabrica Freebies

Learn how to make customized doormat for your home with fonts from Creative Fabrica. Welcome friends and family into your home with a fun message!

Create This Project With Designs From Creative Fabrica

  • Crafting Month Free Bundle: The Curly Font Bundle
    For this project, you can use any font you like from this free bundle, to re-create the DIY doormat.

Other Supplies

  • A Computer with access to Canva (you can easily create a free account)
  • Freezer paper
  • Scissors
  • Burnishing tool 
  • Die-cutting machine of your choice (This tutorial has used the Cricut Maker with the compatible long Light Grip mat)
  • Cutting machine software of your choice (Cricut is compatible with Design Space)
  • Blank coir doormat
  • Rust-oleum leak seal spray paint in black (or a similar rubber spray paint)
  • Dust mask/safety mask
  • Heat resistant tape
  • Heat press or iron
  • Weeding tool
  • Drop Sheet
  • Scrap Paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Ruler

How to Create This Project

  1. Prepare all your supplies needed to create this project.
  2. Download the free Curly Font Bundle from Creative Fabrica and select the font that you want to use for this project.
  3. Use an image and text editing software of your choice – Canva is a good options that allows you to install fonts from Creative Fabrica.
  4. If you are using Canva; 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 22.8 inch (580 mm) width x 15.7 inch (400 mm) height. When you are done, click the “Create New Design” button.
  5. 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 11.4 inch (29 cm) x 23.2 inch (59 cm). It is useful to create a border this size or smaller as a reminder of these parameters.
  6. Click on the “Text” button on the left-hand side of the screen and use your downloaded font to create your doormat message!
  7. To curve your text, click on “Effects” and select “Curve”.
  8. Once you are happy with your design, click the  “Download” button and save it as a PNG.

Cut Your Design & Transfer

  1. Upload your image to Cricut Design Space or another cutting machine software of your choice. 
  2. The image needs to be turned into a stencil – remove the areas that you would like your cutting machine to cut around.
  3. When you are happy with your final design, click “Make It” in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Select Freezer Paper as the base material.
  4. It’s time to cut the Freezer Paper to accommodate your design and remove the protective film of the mat. Apply the paper (shiny side down) along the short side of the mat from corner to corner. 
  5. Using a burnishing tool or similar, work out any air bubbles as you apply the paper down the length of the mat. 
  6. Transfer your stencil design from the cutting mat onto the coir doormat.
  7. Using a heat press or iron, press the stencil onto the doormat using a medium heat. Use shorter presses to prevent the paper from burning.
  8. 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. 
  9. 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.
  10. Your personalized doormat is now ready for you to enjoy!


This tutorial was written by CF Writer on The Artistry Laura-Jade Bennie.

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Hi! Is there a way to print put these instructions without the photos? Love the project, but it would be much easier to make if one can print out the instructions to follow while working on the computer in Canva. Thank you!

Creative Fabrica
Linnea from Creative Fabrica

March 6, 2023

Creative Fabrica

Hi Charlisa, so glad you like the project and want to recreate it! Thank you for the feedback on an option to print the instructions - we really appreciate getting input from our community. As a workaround for now, you can copy paste the text into a text document, remove any photos and print that document. Hopefully that is helpful, and we'd love to see your result of making this project! You can share it here on CF by clicking the Share your projects link in this article! Happy Crafting!

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