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10 DIY Doormats You’ll Want to Have!

welcome homeOne of the most underrated objects of your home is certainly the doormat. While it gets a lot of use, it’s usually forgotten about because most people change it out every few years. Once it’s on its final leg, it gets tossed and a new one gets purchased. However, some homeowners don’t necessarily like the price tag that comes along with purchasing a new doormat. An easy way around paying a hefty price for something that will eventually get ruined is to create one yourself. Check out these ten doormats that are relatively easy to make, cool to look at, and most importantly, gentle on your wallet.

1. Cork

a lot of wine corksDo you know someone that loves to enjoy a glass of wine or two with dinner every night? Then this recycled cork doormat is the perfect gift for them! Don’t worry, you don’t have to drink all of that wine to get all of those corks. Pay a visit to your local craft store and pick them up in bulk for cheap.

This cork doormat adds a nice, rustic touch to the inside or outside of any home. Enjoy it on the front porch or even right outside of the shower. The basket weave pattern will be a beautiful addition anywhere it’s placed.

Sarahracha has a great tutorial on how to make this unique doormat.

2. Symmetry

If you’re looking for a doormat that’s simple to make, yet has a unique looking design, this is the one for you. If you have a little time to spare, the steps to make this doormat are quick and easy to follow. The only thing that you have to do is to cut two semi-circles out of a preexisting doormat and then place each semi-circle on either side of your door.

If you’re looking to spice the doormat up a bit, feel free to paint or stencil any design on it that you would like. Adding your own personal touch will make this doormat stand out even more.  You can even make them into fun wedges of fruit, too!

Follow this tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to achieve this symmetrical look.

3. Garden Hose

garden hose doormatChances are you have a garden hose lying around and, depending on how long you’ve owned it, it may be time for a replacement. Now just because your old hose has to go doesn’t mean that you can’t squeeze a little more use out of it. Believe it or not, it can be re-purposed into a charming and unique doormat that’s sure to make a statement about your home.

Though this garden hose doormat might look complicated to recreate, all you really need to do is cut the hose into pieces and glue it back together. Head on down to your local craft store and pick up your supplies so you can get started on this fun project.

Follow Mark Kintzel‘s step-by-step tutorial to learn how to make this fun doormat.

4. River Rocks

river rocksSince river rocks are so versatile, there are so many creative things you can make out of them.  It’s easy to bring nature right to your front door with a doormat made of these beautiful rocks. This doormat is perfect for the outdoorsy type or anyone that can appreciate the fun, fresh look this mat will provide.

The river rock mat is also commonly found in the bathroom. If you do decide to create a bathmat as well, it’s important that your mat has to allow water to evaporate. You can do this by using larger rocks and spacing them out wider. This will prevent from mold or mildew from growing in between them.

Learn how to make this beautiful outdoorsy doormat by following the steps at Tattooed Martha.

5. Belts

four leather beltsA collection of old, worn leather belts creates a rugged welcome mat that’ll look great in front of your door rain or shine. So if you have more old belts than you know what to do with, this is the doormat for you. No worries if you don’t have all of those extra belts lying around, they are affordable to purchase off of eBay in large quantities or maybe even at your local Goodwill store.

When doing this project you might have some difficulty making the old belts lay flat. However, the kinks and curls are what make this doormat so charming and unique. So don’t be afraid to mix up different colors and textures to create a doormat that’s perfect for you. Use dark and light brown belts to create a warm look and black belts to create a more modern design.

Make this doormat by yourself by following these simple steps.

6. Painted

painted houses on doormatPainted doormats are one of the easier DIY doormats to do. Not much is required when it comes to materials and skills, but the results will look great when you’re all done with your project. You have complete control with how you want to customize this doormat.

Choose a plain mat without any design and paint on intricate patterns or your favorite lyrics. Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to be left with a doormat you can be proud of. So go ahead and get creative with this one to create a doormat that’s perfect for you and your home!

Sarah Hearts makes a great DIY painted doormat that’s perfect for anyone who lives by the motto, “home is where the heart is.”

7. Wooden Planks

wooden plankWood is a great material to work with and you can create beautiful custom doormats as a result of it. Since it gives off a natural look, this wooden doormat can go with any current porch or front door decoration you may already have.

It’s perfect for households with kids who get a little dirty playing outside, as the slats are perfect to scrape dirt and mud off the bottom of shoes! It’s also easily cleaned with the spray of a hose and the slats will let the water drain right through.

If you like the look of the wood, but want a pop of color, go ahead and stain the wooden stakes in any colors you want. It’s a great way to make this classic look a bit more fun!

Remodelaholic has a great easy to follow, step by step guide on how to make this natural doormat.

8. Mosaic

If you’re up for a challenge and looking to put your DIY skills to the test, making a mosaic doormat is the right option for you. Once you’ve gathered all the materials you need for this doormat, simply break tiles into small pieces and put them back together to create this unique look.

For a fun touch, piece the tiles back together to spell out your favorite words or sayings. Keep in mind that this doormat is more for decorative purposes and might not be the best for rainy and snowy days as it can get slick.

Create this unique doormat by following this detailed tutorial.

9. Initialed

If you don’t want to invest a lot of time into making a doormat, go with a simple initialed design. It’s a great way to add a personal touch to the front of your home without requiring a lot of skill on your part.

All you have to do is purchase a plain doormat (or use your current one if it’s in good condition) and some spray paint, both of which are easily found at any local hardware store. Print out a letter of your choosing, a last initial is commonly used, and cut it out of the paper. Place the cut out paper on one of the bottom corners so the design doesn’t get stepped on constantly. Once you have your placement, spray away and peel back the paper to reveal a perfectly customized doormat!

For a more detailed guide on how to make this doormat, take a look at this tutorial.

10. Stamped

Creating a stamped doormat is a great way to encourage any kids in your household to get creative. Much like the initialed doormat, it won’t require a lot of time or skill and it’s an easy way to add a personal touch to the front of your home. It will also be a great conversation piece for anyone that visits your home!

Check out how this tutorial at Skip to my Lou to learn how to make this fun doormat.

home doormatIf you’re ready to get rid of that old doormat, a new DIY doormat is the way to go. Not only will it be cheaper to make your own, but it will be a great, personalized addition to the front of your home! So, what are you waiting for? Get started making one of these fun, unique doormats right away.

 

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