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DIY Whalecome Mat

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I got the idea for this DIY when we were on our Friday Harbor vacation. I really wanted to see whales, and I kept saying stupid whale puns, like "I whaley hope we see some today!" Then it hit me...a whalecome mat! How cute would that be? I did a quick search and couldn't find any, so I decided to make my own. This project is really easy, and the same principle could be applied to make a doormat with whatever saying or design you like…although, of course, if you want to copy this same design you are totally whalecome to (ahaha).

DIY “whalecome” mat // At Home in Love

To begin with, you'll need a plain woven jute rug (I got one that was 2'x3' from World Market). You can also use a coir doormat, but we had one of those before and I got soo annoyed at how much it shed. You'll also need a piece of paper cut to the same size as the mat, and some latex porch paint. I think spraypaint might also work, but I wanted to be sure that the paint would stand up to the elements. If you try this project using spray paint, let me know how it lasts!

How to paint a plain doormat and add your own design

The next step is to draw out your design on the piece of paper and cut it out to make the stencil.

DIY Whalecome Mat

Next. tape the stencil to the mat so it doesn't move, and start painting! If you have designs like eyes that you don't want to be filled in with paint, make sure to do those first (you'll have to freehand them). Then carefully paint around them.

How to make your own “whalecome” mat

Let the paint dry fully, then remove the stencil. That's it! Paint doesn't really bleed on jute, so the lines should be nice and clean. My parents saw our doormat last weekend and totally thought we bought it. That's the best kind of DIY--the kind where no one can tell you made it yourself!

How to add a DIY design to a doormat

Let me know if you have any questions about this project...and if you decide to do it, I'd love to see photos!

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  1. Posted by Dawn on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

    Cute as every, you did a great job. Pinning!!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

      Aww, thank you Dawn!
  2. Posted by Renae on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

    Love it! Curious to see how the paint holds up!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

      Me too! That's why I sprung for the porch paint, even though it's kind of silly to buy a whole gallon for a project this small. I heard it holds up well.

      Time will tell!
  3. Posted by Kerry / Burritos & Bubbly on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

    So cute! My coir doormat is shedding like crrrrazy, just like you said, so I might need to try making a new one!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

      Right?? I think the coir mats are cute, but I couldn't handle the shedding situation.
  4. Posted by Debbie on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

    So cute! You did awesome!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

      Thank you, Debbie!!
  5. Posted by Katie on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

    As a fellow Seattleite, I love this idea! My only concern is how I will cut the design so precisely. Those cursive letters look difficult to cut out. How did you cut it?
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

      Hi Katie! I used scissors. The letters were pretty big so it wasn't too hard to get the curves. I just poked a hole in the middle of one letter and went from there. You could also use an X-acto knife...but I like a good old pair of scissors :)
  6. Posted by Manu on Thursday, June 5th, 2014

    It's adorable! Such a clever idea :)
  7. Posted by John Wale on Sunday, June 8th, 2014

    Great. Because of my name I'll make one as well. It's a pity though to have feet trodden all over your name.
    I like your Whale - similar to my visiting cards.
  8. Posted by Jenn V on Monday, June 9th, 2014

    So cute, Aileen! This is such a clever DIY. The blue color is really great with the brown of the mat.
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, June 9th, 2014

      Thank you, Jenn :)
  9. Posted by misa on Sunday, July 27th, 2014

    Your cut-out does not match the final product. How did you prevent the whale eye, and loops of some of the letters (h, a, l, e, etc) from being painted?
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

      Hi Misa! I hand painted carefully around those areas first, before I went to town with the rest of it.
  10. Posted by viki on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

    Love the project, what typography is that?
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, December 18th, 2014

      It's my handwriting! So glad you love this project...it was fun to make :)
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