A lazy afternoon combined with a coffee based beverage and a good DIY craft is the making of a perfect afternoon. Today’s project was a DIY monogram doormat, which costs around $6.00 and takes about 30 minutes to make.
To start I created my template in Adobe InDesign, but any graphics or word editor will do. Simply determine how big you want your letters to be (I made the letters 5” tall), type your text and print. For my stencil I used the font GeoSans Light for the S and A, and PT Sans for the ampersand.
Next I printed the letter on thick cardstock and cut it out using the exacto knife. When cutting, be careful to leave part of the centers of the letter attached to the stencil, or you will need to carefully tape it on afterwards.
To begin stenciling tape your stencil in place, and take your Paint Marker and colour in the stencil. Although this project can be done with paint and fabric medium or spray paint, I found you get much more crisp letters with the paint marker and in doesn’t change the texture like a thick coat of paint and medium might. Better still, it is cheaper to buy one paint marker, and it is easier to touch-up sections of the stencil with the marker than a paintbrush.
To create a black edge on the rug I simply taped off where I wanted the border to stop and painted between the edge of the rug and the tape.
After the paint has dried, I gave a quick coat of a spray paint protective coating and the new monogram doormat was done and ready to use. I love the clean modern feel of the rug, but for something more traditional you could switch the font to a serif font and place your initials in the middle.
DIY Monogram Doormat: Materials
Thick piece of paper $0.50
Clear protective spray paint (optional)
Sharpie Paint Marker in Black size medium $3.00