Door 201

Written by Stephanie White // Posted Under: Decorating, DIY on 08 July 2013

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 is cheap and easy.

DIY monogram doormat

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 (ours letters are 5” tall), type your text and print. For our stencil we used the font GeoSans Light for the S and A, and PT Sans for the ampersand.

DIY monogram doormat

Next we took our letters printed on thick cardstock (in our case matte photo paper) 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.

DIY monogram doormat

 DIY monogram doormat

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.

diy doormat - sharpie paint marker

After the paint has dried, I gave a quick coat of a spray paint protective coating that I had from painting the office chairs and bedroom furniture and we had a new monogram doormat.

DIY monogram doormat

DIY monogram doormat

Alex and I enjoy the clean modern feel of the rug, but for something more traditional you could switch the font to a serif font and place your initals in the middle.

Doormat // Total: $5.49

Doormat $1.99
Thick piece of paper
Exacto knife
Clear protective spray paint (used left over from chairs)
Sharpie Paint Marker in Black size medium $3.50
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