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How to Make a Rainbow Doormat

I dare you to put this doormat at your door and not smile every time you step on it! Once you see how to make a rainbow doormat in our tutorial below, you’ll see exactly how easy it is to add a little sunshine to your doorstep.

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make a rainbow doormat

This DIY rainbow doormat project came together in a hurry, and I couldn’t be more excited about how easy it was. It was actually a part of a challenge I did with Apartment Therapy, and you can see the whole video here. I wanted to share a few more details about how to make a rainbow doormat, in case you’d like to try for yourself!

DIY Doormats

Making your own doormat is one of those craft projects that feels daunting but actually comes together really simply! The key to making it look polished and pretty is really making sure that you mask the mat well before you paint. Other than that, it’s just a matter of flexing your creative muscles!

When I was brainstorming what to make out of the plain doormat, I knew I wanted to try to play with the shape. I tried a few different methods of cutting the mat and eventually found a super simple solution to make cutting very easy. Read on to see what it is!

How to Make a Rainbow Doormat

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

Instructions

  1. Start by cutting your mat. Flip it face down and draw the arch of your rainbow with a pencil on the back of the mat. Carefully slice through the rubber on the back of the mat with your box cutter. The fibers on the front will easily come apart.
  2. Flip the mat face up and mask your arches with masking tape. I created arches of color that had natural fibers showing in between. I like the look, but it’s also easier to mask than if the colors were butted up against each other.
  3. In a well-ventilated area, start spraying your colors. Place scrap cardboard over any stripe that you’re not currently painting. So after you paint one, you’ll need to mask that one, along with the others that you haven’t painted yet.
  4. Continue painting all of the stripes.
  5. Remove the masking tape and allow to fully dry.
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How to STyle a Rainbow Doormat

We get more happy comments about our doormat than I ever thought we would! Although there is a hot debate about which way it should be facing. Do you like it like this? Or would you place the flat edge along the door jamb?

I love it with some plants grouped nearby to give it a natural feel. The rainbow doormat also looks fun with just about any color door! It definitely plays well with our yellow.

Hope you have fun trying this one! What other shapes would you cut a doormat into? I have about ten other mats I’d like to try, but our house only has so many doors… xoxo

P.S. You’ll probably love this home DIY project too!

DIY rainbow doormat
how to make a rainbow doormat

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Yield: 1 Doormat

How to Make a Rainbow Doormat

how to make a rainbow doormat

This rainbow doormat will definitely brighten your entry!

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour

Tools

Instructions

  1. Start by cutting your mat. Flip it face down and draw the arch of your rainbow with a pencil on the back of the mat. Carefully slice through the rubber on the back of the mat with your box cutter. The fibers on the front will easily come apart.
  2. Flip the mat face up and mask your arches with masking tape. I created arches of color that had natural fibers showing in between. I like the look, but it’s also easier to mask than if the colors were butted up against each other.
  3. In a well-ventilated area, start spraying your colors. Place scrap cardboard over any stripe that you’re not currently painting. So after you paint one, you’ll need to mask that one, along with the others that you haven’t painted yet.
  4. Continue painting all of the stripes.
  5. Remove the masking tape and allow to fully dry.

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