You can buy a Halloween doormat for about $20. But what you CAN'T buy is a Halloween doormat with a demented little dastardly demon on it. So we're gonna DIY it.
As a general rule I am not a person who gravitates towards cute unless it's a baby animal or tiny food. Like a sandwich that could fit on the tip of your finger!
In life, this hasn't been much of a problem except for that time when I told my niece her baby looked like a Triceratops. We disagreed on whether or not this was a compliment.
Obviously when Halloween creeps up I lean in hard to the creep.
I've never had a Halloween doormat before. I'm not sure why but I assume it's because most of them have laughing, hat wearing spiders on them.
This year I decided to make my own appropriately creepy mat featuring a demon.
You may have less enthusiasm for terror inducing religious entities but the technique will work with whatever silhouette you choose for your doormat.
If you're not interested in making a Halloween doormat I've found 3 on Amazon that I think are pretty good. The black one with the skull is my favourite.
MAKE YOUR OWN DOORMAT
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You're going to need:
Pick your image
Click here to download the demon image to print out for yourself.
- Once you have your image print it out to the size you want and tape it onto a piece of cardboard.
Try not to use a ton of tape because it'll get in the way of your drawing.
Making the stencil
- Print your image and then cut it out.
- Lay the cutout onto a piece of cardboard and trace around it with a black marker or pen. Fill in any spots you missed because of the tape.
- Using an X-ACTO knife cut out the stencil.
- If your design has some thin little intricate bits clean those up with some scissors or the X-ACTO knife.
Once you're happy with the stencil put it on a blank coir mat. They cost about $15.
Securing the stencil
- Pin or weigh the cardboard down paying close attention to the edges. Don't forget to include any loose pieces your design might have. For the demon there was the small piece that created his tail outline, and a veryyyy small piece within his hand on the right.
If you get good, close contact with the mat on those edges, your design will have much sharper lines. Which is good.
- Cover up the rest of your area (and mat) with cardboard so you don't spray paint everywhere.
- Spray a light coat of black paint. Hold the paint can directly over the stencil and spray straight down, not on an angle.
You can also use regular paint with a stiff, short bristled brush. If you're using regular paint, don't brush it on like you would a wall. Dab the paint on with repeated quick movements (like you're knocking on a door.)
- Repeat your first light coat with 2 more giving 10 minutes or so between coats.
- Once you have good coverage and the paint is dry remove your pins or weights from the stencil.
Lookin good. But some edges are sharper than others (the tail looks really sharp) and I lost the cloved feet. No problem. There's a fix.
Cleaning it up
- If you have a bit of spill over or blurry edges you can clean them up with a fair of small sharp scissors. I used manicure scissors to cut out the cloven hooves again. You can see the difference when you compare the above photos.
You could go even further and protect the painted part of the mat with some type of clear coat, but this is only going to be out for a couple of weeks a year and I honestly think once certain people see it they'll just turn around and walk away.
So really not that many people will be stepping on it because they will be appropriately terrified of crossing my threshold.
I have to say that I was really surprised at how well this worked.
Not a single visitor in over a week.
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