DIY Welcome Mat

You know all those super cute and girly welcome mats you see at Target and all over Instagram? I love those! I especially like the one that says “Home” with a heart in place of the “o”. Every time we are at the store and walk by them, I’ll point them out to my husband who immediately says that there is no way! (He’s not a fan of super girly things, I’ve noticed ;) )

DIY-Welcome Mat

From all of my Target and Instagram observations, I’ve noticed more and more that welcome mats are saying more than just “Welcome” on them, and I really like that! “Welcome” always seemed so formal to me. I wanted more of a friendly greeting, like “hello”, “hi”, or “hey, can I make you a cup of coffee to go with the chocolate chip cookies I just made?” (Oh, well I guess that’s a little too long for a welcome mat! :) )

Anyway, after about 6 months of wanting one and REALLY needing one to help get rid of some of the dirt we end up tracking in (especially since our son is now at the stage where he picks up everything off the floor and instantly puts it in his mouth.) We still couldn’t agree on any we saw in the stores, so I finally decided we could get the plain one he wanted, IF I could add a little something to it. And that is exactly what we did, see:

DIY WelcomeMat

The best part is, this project only cost us about $5! Here’s how we did it!

We bought/gathered our supplies:

  • A plain doormat (you could use any color for this, and I actually think the hay colored looking one might work even better for this because the one we got was textured making it a little difficult to paint),

  • Paint in the color of your choice

  • Stencils (unless you are totally brave and want to try painting free hand.)

  • A paint brush/sponge

DIY Welcome Mat Supplies

Then, all you have to do is figure out what you want your welcome mat to say and where you want it placed. There are so many options with this!

Once that has been decided, lay out your stencils so you can make sure you have enough room. (I wanted mine in the bottom corner, so I actually started with the last letter and painted them on backwards.)

I found it helpful to use a sponge and to stipple the paint onto the mat. I would lay down the stencil, paint the letter, then remove the stencil and go back and fill in anything I missed.


Then take your mat, place it in front of your door, and take cute pictures to post on Instagram (that last part is optional ;) ).

DIY Welcome Mat

That’s all there is to it! I didn’t even let it dry before putting it outside because I was so excited. :) And, this project took less than 30 minutes to complete! I hope you enjoyed my first DIY! Be sure to let me know if you decide to try making your own welcome mat!

With love, Sheila


  1. Cute project! I love the simplicity of it.

  2. This is beautiful! I'm loving the minimal look also!

  3. Thank you! I can't help but smile now every time I walk up to my front door :)