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How To Make A Custom Welcome Mat Using Your Cricut

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Every door of every house needs a custom welcome mat, in my opinion. And these easy custom outdoor mats are so simple to make, I’m gonna need a new sarcastic welcome mat for every season.

I had been looking all over for the perfect sarcastic welcome mat to match my smart-mouthed personality. I couldn’t find anything to save my life.

out doormat before the door in the hall. Mat on gray floor, girl in white shoes

It’s like all the custom welcome mat designers out there have no sense of humor and just want to make your front porch look like your grandma’s. I mean, seriously, porch mats in the store are just so boring.

Then one day, while walking through Joann Fabric. I came across a blank coir doormat and a lightbulb went off. I can make Cricut stencils and make my own custom welcome mat.


You better believe that doormat went into my cart along with a few other supplies, because this project was ON.

But then, of course, I had to come up with something to say, which took some time. But, now that my porch mat is done, I’m super proud.

What You Need to Make A Custom Welcome Mat

This DIY custom welcome mat is way easy to make–so easy, you could make several of them at one time if you wanted so that you could switch them out or even have them at different doors. I’d even dare say that these personalized doormats are perfect for gifts if you have an idea of what your gift recipient might want on a doormat.

So, start with a few ideas for what you’d want on your rug. I tossed out a few, then narrowed it down before settling on one.

You will just need a few things to make your custom welcome mat:

  1. Blank Coir mat They are usually on sale here
  2. Permanent adhesive vinyl or Cricut stencil vinyl
  3. Transfer Tape
  4. Outdoor paint (even spray paint, just be careful of overspray–but not craft acrylic paint)
  5. or you can use Flex Seal like this doormat
  6. Masking tape
  7. You can grab this design here

Or you can make your design right inside Cricut Design Space, you can do whatever you like. Use an image from Cricut Access or design your own, do only text or a combination of text and illustrations. You can grab free printables and turn them into your own SVGs if you have the skills.

Seriously, the design possibilities are endless. It’s just all about what you want your custom welcome mat to say on your front porch. Just feel free to get as creative as you want–it’s your personalized doormat, after all.

cricut stencil vinyl, stinceled coir doormat on the stone porch with autumn leaves.

I decided I wanted mine to say, knock hard, but not like you the police, because THAT is a funny doormat. The natural coir fiber outdoor mat is great for cleaning off muddy feet, and the outdoor paint lasts forever no matter the weather conditions.

It gets down into the fibers and sticks really well to the mat. The coir material is a heavy-duty material that is great for indoor or outdoor. It is kind of prickly, though, so I wouldn’t want to use it for a shower rug or anything–bare feet on coir just doesn’t seem like they’d mix too well.

That coir material is great at trapping dirt so it won’t be dragged into your house. Which is the best thing ever about having a doormat, right?!

How to Make a Custom Welcome Mat With Cricut Stencils

To actually make the doormat, you will need to:

  • Create a stencil in Cricut Design Space, or upload a pre-made SVG Check out the ones in my shop here
  • Cut a stencil with your Cricut machine.
  • Apply transfer tape to your stencil (I like to use a piece that has been previously used so it comes off easily, just a trick I’ve learned)
  • Press the vinyl onto the mat (it won’t stick completely, but do your best)
  • Carefully pull off the transfer paper, leaving your custom stencil behind onto the mat
  • Use the masking tape to tape down the design to the floor mat
  • With a blow dryer or heat gun, heat the vinyl so that it pulls taut–you want it to be as snug as possible so you have very little squeeze-out
  • Apply paint, being careful not to get it anywhere but on the stencil and where you want it to be–no sense in ruining this doormat before you can even get it to the porch
  • When done remove the vinyl to reveal your design

Check out these awesome Cricut Projects too:

Cricut cutting machines can make your own custom items so easy and simple. Can you imagine all of the things you could say on a doormat?

Cricut is an amazing way to do all sorts of home improvements to your home. This front door rug is just a start.

Check out all these really adorable projects that I’ve got for using the Cricut–and these are JUST the beginning.

Grab this file in my SVG shop! Click here.

Blank doormat before the door in the hall. Mat on gray floor
Yield: 1

How To Make A Custom Welcome Mat Using Your Cricut

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 50 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $15

Every door of every house needs a custom welcome mat, in my opinion. And these easy custom outdoor mats are so simple to make, I'm gonna need a new sarcastic door mat for every season.


  1. Download the design.
  2. Upload into Design Space.
  3. resize your design to fit the size of your mat, I always make mine 23.5 inches.
  4. Cut a stencil with your Cricut machine.
  5. Weed out the words, leaving the void, meaning you should see the paper backing where the words should be
  6. Apply transfer Tape to your stencil (I reuse the same piece so that it isn't as sticky)
  7. Use your scraper to transfer the stencil to your transfer sheet.
  8. Apply the vinyl onto the mat.
  9. Carefully pull off the transfer paper leaving your custom stencil behind onto the mat.
  10. Use the masking tape to tape down the design to the floor mat.
  11. Using a blow dryer or heat gun, heat the vinyl so that it sort of melts tight.
  12. Apply paint by dabbing with your brush, I sprayed a light coat of white spray paint to prime a bit.
  13. Remove the vinyl stencil as soon as you are done painting and touch up any areas that may need more paint Dry for 24 hours


For more direction, see the video above.

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Sunday 7th of March 2021

Seriously, learn grammar, It's not YOU the police, its YOU'RE the police. smfh


Thursday 4th of March 2021

What size font did you use for both sections? I’m a newbie. This will be my second project lol


Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Could you show an actual photos of the finished mat? All your photos are photoshopped/digital version of the font.

Destiny S

Tuesday 29th of September 2020

Just wondering, Would you put something over top of the final project to keep the paint from coming off?


Monday 8th of June 2020

Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT use heat to help the stencil stick to your mat. All heat does is ruin the adhesive on the stencil and cause all the small details to curl up. This is terrible advice. I wasted $40 in product trying to follow these instructions. Stencil vinyl does not respond well to heat.

Jamela Porter

Thursday 16th of July 2020

First, this is not stencil vinyl and second you don’t need to use much heat at all.