Could your front porch use a pretty new custom door mat? Here’s how to design your own, by stenciling a stylish retro star pattern! Easy and striking!
It never fails. Come spring, I’m craving to repaint my front door again, along with setting up a fresh, new custom door mat because nothing but nothing starts things off right other than brand new finishes! Am I right?
My previous Buffalo Check door mat
It’s a little too cool to repaint the front door at the moment. But custom doormats can be made anytime, and it just seems to always set the stage just right. Whether it’s a welcome mat, or as my preference tends to lead… stenciled with a fun pattern!
Thing is, my original Buffalo Checked door mat which I loved, was starting to wear and rip around the edges. Cute, isn’t it? And easy to make too!
However, it was time for a refresh as they tend to only last so long, and plus, it was a great excuse to try a new stencil pattern for the front doorstep this round!
Retro Star Large pattern stencil
Remember the Retro Star pattern stencil I shared in THIS wooden side table makeover? I was smitten with the look, but felt, I’d bet those stars would look decadent in a larger scale as well… so I designed one!
Retro Star Large is another repeating pattern stencil that measures just over 10″, so you can either center it on a tile floor, or when placed on a concrete floor, include the small stars to help you continue the pattern.
FUN! I’m also playing with the idea of painting my vinyl patio decking material with this so stay tuned for all that!
But for today, let’s make a new custom front door mat that is so quick and easy, you can have a new look for your front entryway in under an hour!
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DIY stenciled star pattern custom door mat
Supplies you’ll need:
Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black
(note: the little triangles shown above were later replaced with little stars)
Stenciling the door mat
Stenciling with a repeat pattern is much like tiling a floor. You’ll want to predetermine how you want your finished output to look first.
So if you desire the design to be centered in your mat, start there!
1. Center Retro Star Large in the middle of the door mat.
Secure the stencil into place with masking tape, then sewing pins pushed through the tape as shown above for extra holding power.
2. Load stencil brush with paint, then off-load some onto a cloth. A cocoa mat takes more paint than regular stenciling.
3. Tap paint through stencil. A slight twist of the brush when applying can help embed the paint further down into the mat.
Door mat video:
Click above to watch a short video on how to work the brush with the Buffalo Checked door mat.
How to continue the pattern
4. To further the Retro Star Large pattern, lift stencil, then slide it up, down, left or right, and overlap the small stars to align pattern to continue.
Continue stenciling until the custom door mat is completely covered.
The finished door mat!
Oh my goodness… isn’t it the cutest?!
I just LOVE this design! The stars just add such a striking modern-retro look, and the black paint positively pops against the warm cocoa mat texture!
I’m currently trying the door mat out in the entryway instead of an outdoor space, but I love it SO much, now I want one outside too! Guess I’m making two… but that’s ok, because this is such a quick project.
It’ll also last longer indoors being in a sheltered area as well so there’s that!
Tip: layer with a larger mat underneath! THIS large black doormat one would work nicely.
I love the personal touch custom entrance mats make, and in this case, I could choose a design and color that pops against that dark front door!
Adding a custom design on indoor or outdoor mats is economical, easy to do, and makes the perfect gift or even housewarming idea. All you need is to use your own creativity to dream up what you’d like on yours!
And there’s plenty of super fun pattern stencils HERE to choose from!
What would you stencil on your doormat to suit your style?
Other pattern projects to make:
Visit many other unique pattern projects HERE