Even though you may not think about it much, the welcome mat to your home is pretty important. Do you consider your home a fun house, a family house, or an obsessed pet owner house? The tone of your welcome mat can let people know what kind of a place they are entering. A personalized mat can also let your guests know they are at the right house. I recently went to the wrong apartment when visiting my friend Hillary because I didn’t pay attention to the fact that, although the apartment looked the same, the welcome mat was all wrong. That should have been my first clue. To ensure that people know they are in the right spot, you can make a cute personalized welcome mat with your last name and keep any confused guests to a minimum. I already have my welcome mat needs met, so I’m going to make a “Larson” one for Elsie and Jeremy.
–plain welcome mat
-small stiff brush
-X-Acto knife and cutting mat
First you’ll want to cut a piece of contact paper that is just a little bigger than your welcome mat. Mark where the edges of the mat are on your contact paper so you know your boundaries when writing out the name. In big bold letters, write the last name on the bottom half of the contact paper. Make sure to draw on the top of the contact paper and not the peel-off bottom. I drew on the bottom side and had to make a new template halfway through. Doh! When trying to center a word, I usually start with the middle letter(s) and work out from there so I can center the name correctly. Make a simple house shape with your ruler around the middle 2 letters (or if you have a longer name and smaller letters, you may want to do it around the middle 4 letters instead).
If you are concerned about your free-hand letter making ability, you can always print your name in the size and font you want, and then use those letters as a guide to trace around. Sometimes I like the perfect-as-possible look, but this is a project that can look a little more hand drawn and still be really cute.
I drew thicker letters around the thinner letter outline to make a bold font so you can read the name clearly. Use an X-Acto knife and a cutting mat to cut out the letters and the house shape.
Make sure to save the letters that go within the house and the insides of the letters (like the middle of the “O” or “A”) as needed.
Peel back the contact paper and place your design onto your mat. The contact paper isn’t really sticky enough to stay on the textured mat, so I taped the edges to the underside of the mat so it would stay put. Dab the porch paint on the exposed mat with a stiff, small brush. You’ll have to hold any loose letters or letter parts in place with your fingers while you stencil. Even though the mat is very textured, the contact paper does a really good job of keeping the paint off the covered areas. You can really work the brush down into the bristles to make sure you get an even coat of color, just do so carefully as you get closer to the edges of the letters so you don’t go outside the lines.
Once the paint is dry, remove the template and touch up any small spots as needed. Now your customized mat is ready for your porch!
This is actually a pretty quick afternoon project, but it’s one that you’ll get to enjoy everyday as you go in and out of your house. If you have a super long last name (I hear you on that one…), you can modify the name part with another word or a shorter nickname for yourself. Sometimes we use “GMAN” because GUMMERMAN doesn’t always fit on things. And our nickname also makes us sound like cool FBI agents from the 1930s, so that’s a bonus, right? xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman, Photos edited with Stella from The Signature Collection.
How does this do over time after many shoe wipes? Anyone have one for a while?
superbement imaginé bravo
so cute! i worry it would wear away quickly, especially with a snowy/wet winter…has yours lasted a while?
I just got a personalized mat for Christmas and it’s so great =)
Love this idea! Unfortunately my family name is unbelievably long 😀
What a cute and simple way to spruce up the entry way!
I have been on the hunt for so long now to find a door mat I actually wanted outside my home! I love this idea, cant wait to make one for our house. Great idea.
cute! I love it!
This welcome mat is super cute and creative! I definitely would like to make one like this for someone.
Love this. So adorable.
Those are Sorel shoes 🙂
I love this idea, so simple but effective!
How clever is this!
great idea! I guess, we’ll try this in spring. Love it.
Laura, what a great idea! I love how the mat maintains a modern feel, while also being very practical. Thanks for sharing this project! -Victoria
This is such a cute idea! I’ve been searching for the perfect mat and never thought to customize it. I love this!
I love this!!!!
This is sooooo cute! I definitely think of it for my own new home very soon!