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You might not think about it, but our welcome mats are pretty important when it comes to first impressions – after all, they’re the first thing guests see as they come to visit. Welcome guests in style with one of the custom-crafted mats we gathered below to make the whole neighbourhood envious. Not only are these mats super charming, but they’re also practical! You can make sure mucky little ones (and naughty big ones) aren’t coming into your clean home with dirty shoes.
Masked mats are among the easiest DIY doormats to make and allow for plenty of customisation. Want your door number? A welcome message? All you need is a plain doormat, some masking tape and spray paint. You could even whip out a ScanNCut for some especially intricate designs – just make sure that your cut design is stuck down securely and won’t move when you start spray painting.
These lovely coils look intricate but are actually really easy to make! It’s the perfect project for any old rope or twine that you have lying around from previous craft projects. Don’t worry if your rope is old and unravelling, though, that just adds to the rustic aesthetic. If you’re feeling creative, you could even use different coloured rope and twist them into more complex coils for amazing results.
Become the master of recycling by crocheting your very own welcome mat from yarn you’ve made from old plastic shopping bags (called plarn)! It’s the perfect project for bags that are filled with holes and no longer usable, and prevents them from heading to a landfill and damaging the environment. Plus, if you’re a whizz with crochet, you can get creative with intricate mat designs – just imagine a giant granny square welcome mat.
Much like with the message mat projects, you can create a charming neighbourhood graphic on your welcome mat with some clever masking. Design your own houses using masking tape, or make use of craft stencils, dies and a ScanNCut to create adorable little houses. Just remember, if you want the houses to be coloured, your masking needs to cover the negative between and around the houses, not the houses themselves.
Doesn’t this adorable wooden doormat look like a xylophone? It won’t make a noise, unfortunately (unless you’re a whizz with woodwork!), but it gives your home a delightfully whimsical aesthetic. Put your own together with small strips of wood that’ll otherwise go to waste, and colour it with your favourite hues for something that’ll have all the kids in the neighbourhood gawking in amazement.