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DIY: Summer Doormats

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By Elaine Elliott

Spruce Up Your Front Porch with a Summer Themed DIY Doormat

 

Summer is in full swing which means it’s time to entertain your friends on the porch or have a backyard party with the kids. Impress your guests with one of these cute welcome mats to embody all the fun the summer season has to offer. Each design is easy to make and won’t break the bank!

 

Slice of Fruit Mat

 

This design is simple, colorful, and guarantees you get two mats in one! Plus, it’s the perfect welcome to a fruity cocktail party or barbeque. Options can include a slice of watermelon, lemon, orange, or lime. Once you’re done cutting and painting, you can put one on the front porch and one on the back porch for double the fun.

 

To start, purchase a circle mat from any store. Cut the mat in half and use gloss spray paint to fill in the colors. Cut out stencils with paper to make sure the colors don’t bleed. You can weigh down the paper with coins or tape to ensure sharp, clean lines. You might want to wait overnight for sections of the paint to dry before spraying the other segments.

 

Colorful Board Mat

 

From muddy outings to sandy feet, a wooden plank doormat can withstand the wear and tear of summer. Best of all, you can make it as colorful as you want! An eye catching rainbow design is great for all summer long. You could also paint the planks to match the color scheme or your porch. You might even want to make a different mat to represent each season or holiday.

 

To make this mat, purchase about 16 2x2 lumber cuts, your choice of acrylic paint, rope (such as cotton clothesline), stainless steel nuts, and a drill to make the holes. Once you have all the materials, cut equal holes on both ends of each plank for feeding through the rope. Paint the boards before threading the ropes through. And add nut spacers between each board so the planks don’t slide around. Once finished, you’ll have a mat that is as colorful as can be and easy to clean!

 

Cute Pineapple Mat

 

Pineapples symbolize warm greetings and hospitality. This is why you’ll see pineapples engraved on the side of doors, columns, and welcome mats on front porches. The fun fruit is perfect for a summer mat, but you can also keep using it yearlong!

 

For a simple, minimalist design, purchase some stencils and spray paint to update a plain mat of your choice. If you want to get creative, the pineapple stencil can replace the “O” in “welcome” or the “O” in “home!” Similar to the fruit mat, trace out where the spray paint will go and cover the rest of the mat to prevent any smudges. 

 

With so much doormat inspiration, it’s time to go to the craft store and create your own DIY porch project! This is a great opportunity to get together with some friends for a crafts night, or give the kids something to do in the dog days of summer. With so many bright colors and welcoming vibes, you can’t go wrong with any of these mat ideas!

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