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The doormats you find at the local home improvement store can be uninspiring and common. I like the texture of the cocoa fiber mats, but I wanted something with color and without corny sayings on it.
Step 1: Decide on your colors and patterns. Acrylic paints work great for this project and can be purchased at the craft store for less than $1. I went through a few sponge brushes, since the rough texture of the mat tears up the sponge. Have a couple on hand. Paint the mat by dabbing the brush in an up-down motion.
Step 3: If you want to include a pattern, draw it out on a piece of paper. Use an X-acto knife to cut out your drawing, making a stencil.
Step 4: Working in a well-ventilated area, place the stencil over your mat and use spray paint to color it in, following the instructions on the can. For the pattern, this technique worked better than painting with the sponge brush, giving more even coverage. Reposition the stencil and spray again until you have a completed pattern.
This would also be a fun project to do with kids. They could personalize the mat with their drawings and then give it to a grandparent or other relative for a usable piece of artwork.
Something you make yourself has much more meaning than something purchased in a store. With projects like this, you can allow your handmade items to tell a story and reveal a side of your personality to your visitors.
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