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Le Door Mat

by Emma on February 21, 2012

in Craft

Are you one of those people who leaves their Christmas tree up past the New Year’s? It’s ok if you are. Totally ok. Because up until Monday (February 20th) my house had been sporting a Halloween-themed door mat on the front porch.

So, just to be clear, the Halloween mat made it through Christmas, New Year’s AND Valentine’s day. Yep.

Now, I’m not trash talking the Halloween mat. It was pretty sweet. The only problem with it was it was a little too… uh… seasonally specific. I was clearly in need of an update. I decided to do something with a nod to lyrics, sort of like this project. Here’s what I did to create my door mat:

1. Supplies needed: a plain mat (I got mine from Bed, Bath & Beyond), fabric (I used burlap), fabric glue, scissors, yarn (I had planned to use black but then changed my mind to red half way through the project-I’m an indecisive dork), and a tapestry needle. I tried to use materials and colors that would hold up against door-mat-weathering. As in, I knew this project would be getting stepped on a bunch so I wanted it to hold up for a while. 2. Cut out your design, mine are hearts. 3. Use a small amount of fabric glue to adhere your design to the mat (let dry according to your glue brand’s directions). 4. Hand stitch on the rest of your design, I did lyrics and messy stitching design on the hearts.

I do like my new mat. If I were doing the project over I would probably choose a slightly more simple stitching technique for the hearts, as it turned out a little more chaotic looking than I had envisioned. So if you are planning to do a similar project that might be something to consider.

But hey man, it’s a door mat. It’s all good. :)

Thanks for letting me share project #9 of my 2012 craft challenge. xo. Emma


Vivi K February 21, 2012 at 3:30 am

Eek! This is too cute! :)
I think I’ll make one for the entrance to my room!

debbie February 21, 2012 at 3:30 am

this is the most adorable thing.

by the way, my Christmas tree is definitely still up.

Mama Smith @projectlittlesmith February 21, 2012 at 4:12 am

I would never think to make my own door mat- very cute! I left my tree up intil the end of January and it was so dead that I’m still finding needles- oops :)

Crystalyn February 21, 2012 at 4:16 am

This makes me wish we used our front door more often! Well, I guess we use it enough to justify a super easy, adorable door mat. Like I need more projects to do :)

Stephanie February 21, 2012 at 4:24 am

I absolutely love reading your blog Emma! You inspired me to always stay creativity. Can’t wait to read your upcoming posts :)

Anita February 21, 2012 at 6:56 am

Oh my goodness! This is just too freakin’ cute! Love, love, love it!

grace February 21, 2012 at 7:21 am

this is really precious!


Margherita February 21, 2012 at 7:30 am

This is sooo cute!!!!

Emilia February 21, 2012 at 9:52 am

Love the doormat; I think the stitching for the hearts is great! I’m definitely going to have to try this when I’m feeling crafty. My family always keeps our Christmas tree up past new years, not to mention our winter curtains are up well into spring…

Missy February 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I love it! I think you did a great job with all that hand stitching!

Katia February 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Cute cute cute! I love the way the red looks against the burlap colour :)


Sarah February 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

That is so awesome! I want to make one right now.

karolina February 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Lovely idea!
I would call it: J’ADooRe MAT :)

Ashlee February 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm

i wanna steal this idea. i’ve got a massive rug on my front porch, because the single tree growing in my front yard has managed to push its roots up under the cement. without the rug i would probably trip and fall on my face every time i walked outside. classy. i’m not sure how a rug on top of a rug would look. ha.

shannon February 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm

What a darling doormat. It’s so pretty, I wouldn’t want to walk on it.

veronique February 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I love this post! I’ll follow you! If you wanna come pass by Pret-a-Peser it’d be a pleasure :)


Melanie February 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Oh yay Emma I’m so glad you’re talking such a strong hold of the crafting thing! So proud of you!!

Zoe February 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I just love this idea, it looks gorgeous! Might have to give one a whirl.


Katrina February 23, 2012 at 1:29 am

Such a great idea!! I think I’ll make one for my grandmother: she’d love this!!


Emilypf February 23, 2012 at 4:20 am

This is such a sweet craft.Thank you.

Alison :) February 23, 2012 at 6:46 am

Now that is an inspiring project! Thanks for sharing!!

Alison :)

ClementineM February 23, 2012 at 11:17 am

Hi Emma, this is amazing, thanks for sharing! ;)

eat my shorts February 25, 2012 at 8:54 am

It looks awesome!

Kacie @ A Collection of Passions February 26, 2012 at 2:45 am

I recently did a little music lyrics (Beatles too) DIY…

Love the mat. Maybe it’s gonna be a theme in our house!