Cupid’s Arrow Doormat

Cupid's Arrow Doormat from Farmhouse38Cupid's Arrow Doormat

More Valentine’s crafty decor!

I’m a big fan of making my own doormats.  Plain coir mats like the one above are sold for around $10.00 at Home Depot, and with some transparent contact paper (also from the Depot) to make a sticky-stencil and a bit of left-over spray paint, this is a relatively easy, inexpensive, and versatile DIY project.

For this design, I decided about how big I wanted my arrow, and then created it in a design program and printed it off the computer.  It took two standard-sized pieces of paper, which I then taped together into one design.

Arrow Template

Lined Up

Now cut a piece of contact paper big enough to fit over the top of this, then tape it to the print-out, as well as your work surface so nothing slides around.  Use a sharpie to trace your arrow image onto the contact paper.

Tracing

BTW….this is a great method to create a stencil for other craft projects.

Now comes the first tricky part: using a small pair of scissors, cut the arrow cleanly out of the middle of the contact paper. The contact paper is gonna wanna roll up on you, but keep calm!  It feeds off of your frustration.

Cut-out

Now, for the second tricky part: CAREFULLY remove the backing to the contact paper and stick your image where you want it on the doormat.  Nothing wants to stick to that coir very much, so you’ll be able to shimmy it around to get it lined up just right.  Tape it into place with painter’s tape and then use contact paper and/or painters tape to cover the rest of the mat to protect it from over-spray.

Stencil

Now, you’re ready to paint!  Hit the image with spray paint in short bursts from directly above, as again, the contact paper just barely adheres to the coir and if you blast it from an angle, it will lift right on off of there and ruin the whole thing.  Hit it with one, good coat of paint.

Paint

Let it dry for a few minutes, remove the template, and then let the rug sit and dry for about an hour or so before you put it out for use.

Cupid's Arrow

Another simple version of this went to our side door:

The chickens are just fascinated by this red heart on their doormat.

The chickens are just fascinated by this little red heart on their napping-mat.

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10 thoughts on “Cupid’s Arrow Doormat

  1. Lindsey January 22, 2013 at 10:11 pm Reply

    Love and want! I need to be included on craft days!!!

    • farmhouseK8 January 22, 2013 at 10:35 pm Reply

      Hahaha–ok! EVERYDAY is craft day here, Lindsey!! 🙂

  2. Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART January 22, 2013 at 11:03 pm Reply

    What a GREAT idea. Love it!!!!

  3. Christi {Jealous Hands} January 23, 2013 at 12:06 am Reply

    That is adorable. Love it!

  4. From a Montana Front Porch January 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm Reply

    Ah another one to love! 🙂

  5. […] thinking about making your own door mat? Farmhouse 38 went with this simple arrow, and I see no reason why this can’t be out all year […]

  6. […] thinking about making your own door mat? Farmhouse 38 went with this simple arrow, and I see no reason why this can’t be out all year […]

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