This week I replaced my worn door mat with this fun DIY stenciled monogram centered inside of a silhouette of deer antlers. This seems perfect for my Pacific Northwest home as the days become wet and windy. I picked up the 24 x 35 inch natural fiber coir mat at Ikea and after searching for a great stencil template, decided to make my own. With a can of silver metallic spray paint, a face mask and some scrap paper to protect my spray surface, I had a new stylish rug within a few minutes. If you want to make your own version of this mat, I have included a template here at the end of the post. There is a page for every letter, so select the initial you want to print. You can print onto card stock and use that as a stencil, or if you want a stiffer version for your spray, trace the template onto a poster board and trim. I have prepared a step-by-step tutorial below to show you just how simple it can be. Enjoy! ~ Lia
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I’m also having trouble printing these! I’m using a Mac so that might be the issue. Is it possible to save these templates to Cricut Design?
I added the SVG that you can use in Design Space 🙂
Thank you soon much!!
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Is there any way that I could pay for this download and not the whole membership? I really would love to make this for a few Christmas gifts
Thank you! I just went ahead and paid for a month membership. I do have one other question though. I can’t seem to get them to print out on 11×17 paper “tiled” I can print it on a 8×10 and it is small but I am not sure how to print the antlers and letters out individually. Is there something I am not doing correctly?
No need to use the 11×17. Regular sized paper should work, as long as the printer settings are at “print to size” when you tile the components. Also, cardstock will work best for the stencil because it is a bit more sturdy 🙂
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How lovely 🙂
You are endlessly inspirational! I tried this technique last year and within a few months the paint had faded significantly from wear. I live in Portland, too, and the mat was on a covered porch. Can you recommend any kind of spray-on sealant that will keep the design preserved?
Oh no. Unfortunately I haven’t used a sealant before so I don’t have one to recommend.
I found the antlers on Pinterest when I was searching for a cool antler vector for my logo. Since I don’t see any rights on what you may and may not do with the vector I thought I just ask. Is it ok if I will use the antlers for my logo?
My file is not a vector and are for personal use only. There is a great site called vectorstock.com that have lots of antlers for around $1 each
hi, this is a great idea! thanks for this. but i do wonder will the pain not rub off under the shoes and be carried inside the house ?? How long does the paint last? if you can shed light on these concerns of mine i will very much appreciate it.
Hi. I still have my mat(it is right inside the door now) since I like to change up the ones on my porch depending on the season. It has been a year and it still looks great and I have not had any trouble with the paint rubbing off. I live in Portland, so the climate in the winter is wet but we rarely get any snow. But it has definitely since its fair share of rain and mud:) Hope that helps!!
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Any ideas for printing out using the newer version of Adobe Reader? I don’t see anything about page tiling ;( Thanks.
Honestly I am not an expert on Adobe:(
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So Im a little confused lol so do i print this off on regular printing paper? What is card stock? could u email me please. Thank You
Hi Destiny, card stock is thicker and stiffer than regular printer paper. You can print on card stock on most printers using the manual feeder tray. You can purchase the card stock paper at an office supply store. Hope this helps! Have fun with the project:)
Thanks so much! My daughter’s last name is Buck… this will be perfect!
How cute is that! Perfect for her.
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I absolutely LOVE this idea!! Thank you for this great project!! Although, I cannot get a rug that is “natural fiber” or the same light brown color. I picked up a dark brown rug, but the black will be too dark. Do u have any suggestions to a different paint color I could use? Would white look okay?
Definitely try white or a lighter color. Since it won’t be “staining” the fiber it may rob off sooner but is worth the try. You can always keep your stencil and refresh it.
I love this! Would look great outside our front door! I will be making this 🙂
I just love mine and am now ready to make another version. 😉
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Hi, I love this idea 🙂 just curious if anyone has had any problems with the paint smearing upon use when wiping shoes that might be wet?
Thanks so much!
Not at all. The spray paint is super heavy duty. Even after using it for the past 2 months it looks great.
Thanks so much!
Glad you like it!
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This is an awesome idea! I’m going to make this for my brother-in-law. I am also having trouble printing it correctly…what program/year are you using to print? I don’t have a tiling or poster option in my settings…suggestions?
You should be able to tile print it from the PDF. If not, maybe take it to FedEx Office and ask them to print it at the final size you need. They have the large format printer.
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This is so cool I decided to make one for a friend as a Christmas gift because her husband is a hunter..it turned out great!!! Thank you for the idea and templates!!
Nice!! Perfect gift for her. 🙂
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What kind of spray paint did you use????
I used a Rust-oleum Universal Metallic paint and primer in one.
Just wondering what kind of spray paint did you use???
I used a Rust-oleum Universal Metallic paint and primer in one.
Awesome!!! Thanks so much!!!
You are welcome!
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Off topic I know, but could yopu share what paint color you used on your door? It’s lovely.
I am laughing because the color was done in Photoshop when the navy on the door didn’t look so good. I loved the teal door so much I went and bought the paint to update it. It is Really Teal by Sherwin-Williams. Here is the link: http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW6489-really-teal/
Oh, lol. That would make the second time I fell in love with photoshop. I love, love that color, though. 🙂
I was all ready to repaint the door the same navy. . . until I did this in photoshop. I will share photos of the new “real” door. 🙂
I can’t wait to do this. I have all my supplies ready and found coir mats at Home Depot for $10 each. Only problem is, I don’t see how to feed that 11 by 17 size paper in the printer when the paper tray only accommodates 8.5 X 11. Any ideas?
You can tile onto an 8.5×11 too. It will just mean more paper to tape, but it totally works. I love my mats!
Hi Lia, Thanks for all the great ideas and inspirations 🙂 I’m new to your site, but love all that you do!
I am having trouble printing the template in panels. I don’t know what program to use, or how to set up the printer to do it right.
Sorry for the trouble, can you elaborate for me some more please? thanks so much! 🙂
Thanks Kathy! In your print window, you can choose a paper size in “page setup”. You can tile any size of paper so all will work. Then in the area that says “page sizing & handling” choose “poster” at 100%. This will give you the full image on multi pages where you can tape together to make the template for the stencil.
A great gift idea – I’ll be doing this for my front door.
Gift for a house warming too. I have one for both the front and back doors.
I wish I was as crafty as you!
Haha. You can craft along with me. 🙂
This is wonderful! Thank you- you have the best ideas.
Thanks Emily! I smile every time I come to my front door.
Love it–so clever AND economical! I hate spending big money for something that just gets covered in dirt, mud and leaves…not to mention soaked through on a day like today!
The templates, especially the antlers, would be perfect for so many other home decor and Christmas projects too…I’m seeing some glitter antler silhouettes in my future. 🙂
(P.S.–My blog is back up and running and nothing was lost…WHEW! Time to switch hosts, though.)
I agree and I like the natural look of this coir rug too and for only $10 a pop I can change them seasonally.
I love this! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Hi there! For some reason when I print out a letter the whole alphabet prints out! Do you know what I am doing wrong?
Yikes! Just choose to print the ONE page with the letter you want. This can be done in your printer window.