DIY Doormat

I set out to make my own doormat with only a few little changes.

I bought 2 1×2 boards and divided the length by 4 so that I didn’t have any scraps.  It came out to 23″.  So, after I cut the boards, I had 8, 23″ boards.

I measured 5″ from each end, marked it, and drilled holes.

I gave ’em a good sanding and stained it with what I had one hand: Dark Walnut.

I doubled the hemp, tied a knot, and thread it through.  Then I tied another knot on the other side. Be sure to pull it tight after each knot.

I liked the look of the extra hemp on the ends, but you could trim it down for a cleaner look.

I thought it would be fun to personalize it, too so I printed out a big ol’ W and used my Xacto knife to cut it out.

I dabbed the paint on, careful not to get it on the hemp.

And there she is! I gave it a couple coats of polyurathane since it will be getting heavy traffic and I didn’t want the paint to fade.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 2, 1×2 boards: $6.97
  • Hemp: $4.56 (with tons left over for future projects)
  • stain (already had)
  • paint (already had)
  • polyurathane (already had)
  • $11.53

I think I see these in my future around Christmas time for gifts!


    1. Such a great idea! I was also thinking about making each of the boards a different color.

  1. Oh my gosh! I love it! I’m pretty sure I’m going have a door mat making party. This is soooo fun! Wouldn’t this make a great outdoor rug too? I love it!

  2. Great job! I love that you did the W off centered. It gives it a little extra spunk.

  3. Darn it! My comment got deleted. Well now my enthusiasm is tempered.

    So, thank you for commenting on my blog. I got super excited when I clicked over and saw your mat! I have that pinned on pinterest too and was just looking a firring strips as HD last night as I don’t have quite enough in my scrap pile. AND my last name starts with a W. AND I love your header. AND now I’m your newest follower too! Yay for new blogging friends!

    (yes that was tempered enthusiasm. I’m a total dork. Sorry.)

  4. I love this. It’s simple, pretty, and cheap! Thank you for sharing, I would love to feature this project on my blog.

    1. I just checked out your blog and I love it! Such great ideas on a budget.
      I would love it if this project was featured!

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I LOVE this! What a great idea and try getting that anywhere for that price. Thanks for sharing!


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  7. What a great project!! I’ve seen that door mat on pinterest too but hadn’t even considered trying to make one for myself! Thanks for the great inspiration! And for being a new follower of my blog!

  8. love this! you make it look so easy i might have to borrow my husband’s drill. and i love your stenciled letter–maybe my favorite part.

  9. This is so cute and easy. What a great idea!
    I’ll have to make one too 🙂
    Heck you can even hang it on the wall, all rustic-like!

  10. This is brilliant! We’ve been trying to figure out what to do for a doormat and I think this may be a winner! Thanks! =]

  11. This is so cool….I love it.
    Will be making this for sure!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Great idea. How has it held up under the pressure of people’s weight? I would love to make one but I’m just concerned if it will be able to hold up to the every day demands of life.

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