Try This: Update Your Welcome Mat

Diy welcome mat  Nothing says Welcome Home like a homemade welcome mat! We've made a lot of painted rugs over the years, but I'm happy to report that this is our easiest and most durable version yet. I found this textured rug at Target and decided to try using porch paint instead of spray paint. The results are bright and long lasting. Here's how:Diy welcome mat Diy welcome matTo paint my textured outdoor rug, I used porch paint. This is the same thing I used to paint my patio tiles. Any latex paint will do, but porch paint is especially durable. I used poster board to create a stencil for the letters I wanted to paint and then used contact paper as the stencil while painting since it's sticky and stays in place better. Using a small, coarse brush it took several coats to create an even application of color.

I've been using this rug at the entry of our home for several months now and the design and color are still going strong!Diy welcome mat   Are you in need of a new welcome mat? Try this project in colors you love! xo. elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson, Photography Assistant: Laura Gummerman. 

  • Cute mat just to be step on. But I might as well make my simple house mat more colorful.

  • I wouldn’t have ever thought to paint my own design onto these kind of mats! Great idea 🙂


  • Need to keep this in mind! It would definitely make a great housewarming gift! Or just a great regular gift as well!

  • I like it !


  • this is amazing! so making this..I just bought my house and I think the front porch can def use some sprucing. would do some autumnal colors and make a bright one for summertime too! thanks for this awesome idea. xx. gigi.

  • I need a new doormat but can’t find one I like.
    So maybe I will paint one myself…
    thanks for inspiring 🙂

  • Very cute project! I love the look of typography anywhere. There are so many different ways you can customize this project for your own house.

  • Such a crafty idea. The homemade aspect of it adds such a personal touch. Love it!

  • This is such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing sweet! 🙂

    Lulu xx

  • That rug is super amazing! With the texture it looks as though the letters were stitched, not painted!

  • that’s such a creative idea! I’m not very artistic but I think I could do that pretty well! Cool idea!

  • I love it! It feel so happy and cheerful when you step in and out of the house. Bravo to your good work!

  • Great colors! Such a happy welcome to a home. Was it hard to create the fonts? I want to do this! Thank you.

  • yea her pants sure do look amazing, colorful mat btw.

  • Thank you for this “bellissima” idea! 🙂 I was looking for a wlcome mat but I wasn’t able to find a beautiful one! But now…I kwnow how to do it by myself! Great! 🙂
    Tanti baci

  • Love this! there are so many other things you could pant too. great idea.


  • This is such a clever idea! And it looks pretty idiot-proof too, which is always an added bonus haha! I think my doormat is going to get a makeover soon!

  • I really want to make one of these! Perhaps for Christmas. Yes, could be a bit expensive if you don’t have extra paint stored in your garage,but maybe smaller sizes are sold. Was it difficult to make the stencil? Your color selection and font are so happy! Thanks.

  • So lovely and colorful! This would make a seriously adorable housewarming gift too.

  • Elsie, where do you get the plain door mats from? (Not this kind but the outdoor one that you painted trees on)

  • What a bright, happy front door you must have with these sorts of colours there! Love this project! 🙂

  • I always love your welcome mat ideas! We need to work on ours, its not very welcoming…
    Leah Faye
    a clover and a bee

  • The blue and orange look great together, what a nice and colorful way to give a cheerful first impression to anyone who visits

  • What an awesome idea! I love all the pops of colour you introduce in your home.

  • So happy and colorful! Like it.. xxx


  • This looks great but i’m scared mine would be too messy! I’m a clutz!

  • I think that this is one of the best DIY projects I’ve seen. It’s nice cause I live in an apartment for rent so I cna’t really do too much to it without permission, but this is one simple thing we can do to make it a little more homey. Thanks.

  • I’ve actually been wanting to make a new mat for awhile, and this has pushed me over the edge!

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  • May I ask where did you get your pants? They are amazing! I like the mat too 🙂

  • Cool, cool, cool! Definitely sth special as a door mat

    tsiou, from

  • This is so lovely!
    Thank you for the idea!

    Love from Germany,
    Bambi and Birdy

  • How cute! What a simple idea! I may have to make a couple of these to switch out every season! 🙂

  • We don’t have a welcome matt, but definitely would love to do this 🙂


  • Das ist so genial!! Echt klasse 🙂

  • this is so cute!!! love how easy and simple it is


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  • Didn’t this get quite pricey having to buy four colors of paint? What was the total price of the project?

  • How cool! I’d be afraid of stepping on it if it’s on the outside, in case of dirty shoes. D: Is it easy to clean without removing paint?

  • I had no idea there was such thing as “porch paint” but I love this idea! Perfect ever since my last one got stolen!


  • I love the blue and mint colors.
    This looks like it’d be fairly resistant to pet hair as well… if I find myself by target I may try it out.

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