‘Bonjour’ Stenciled Doormat DIY

stenciled bonjour door mat Good Morning from Hong Kong!  I just arrived here about ten minutes ago after an uneventful (in a good way) flight.  It was 15 long hours, but I was really tired, so I slept through most of it. I wanted to share this lovely DIY doormat that I made this past weekend while I was trying to spiffy up our outdoor areas during the gorgeous weather we were having, but sometimes my best laid plans go awry. Did you notice that I spelled ‘Bonjour’ wrong on the rug. Seriously, Erin? Of course I look at the rug all weekend and don’t even notice until I’m on a plane above the pacific ocean.  As they’d say in Hong Kong, “aiya”… which means something like, “oh geez”. bonjour doormat DIY Anyway, the photos turned out so pretty and I thought I’d still show you all my step by step, then I’ll whip myself up a new rug once I’m home.  For the full tutorial and material list, Keep on reading!  Materials:

  • Plain Coir Doormat (mines from Ikea for $9)
  • Contact Paper
  • Computer Paper
  • Permanent Marker
  • Craft Knife
  • Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Stiff Bristled Paint Brush

stenciled door mat materials DIY stenciled doormat step 2 ONE print the ‘bonjour’ letters onto computer paper.  Here is a template to use! Then, roughly cut around the type. TWO cut off a piece of contact paper that is a little smaller than your purchased mat. stenciled doormat step 1 stenciled doormat step 3 THREE Lay the cut-out letters onto your contact paper and trace around with a marker. FOUR Using your craft knife, cut around the marker outline you just made. stenciled doormat step 4 stenciled doormat step 6 FIVE use the outside of the contact paper as your stencil.  I didn’t even remove the backing because it won’t really stick to the coir.  Just hold the contact paper very firmly in the area you’re painting and stipple in a downward motion (not side to side sweeping) with your brush using a fair amount of paint. stenciled door mat DIY The project wasn’t super easy, it’s a bit challenging, but the outcome (if you can spell properly) is totally worth it.  The entire time I was making this I thought, “this is going to be a disaster” but when I took off the contact paper stencil, it looked really good!  I was pleasantly surprised! You should totally give it a try!  The template for the ‘Bonjour’ is up in step #1, but you could always do your own design or word as well!


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  1. says

    Oh I just love this!! I can’t wait to make something similar for my shore house! I’ll make sure to use spellcheck, because I struggle with spelling most words in the english language, let alone french!

  2. says

    I love doormat projects! I made one for my best friend and her husband when they moved into their new house. It turns out it’s a GREAT new house gift. The paint with yours came out so much cleaner looking though so I will definitely have to try your method. And honestly, I bet very few people would even notice bonjour was spelled wrong!

    • Sulky says

      Yup, it’s spelled incorrectly .. I kept trying to find the “u”, but .. it’s not there. Great idea, though .. And template it’s actually correctly spelled.. Oh well .. Thank you for the idea!

  3. says

    I have been thinking I need a new doormat for the past week and then I see this- yay! I always love your DIY’s. I’d been wondering what to use to make my own, so thanks :)
    Also, I did not even notice it was spelled wrong- I agree with the others, you could probably leave it and no one would notice!

  4. says

    Hello Erin, I love this project! I am definitely going to follow your tutorial, but I would like to write a different message in my native language (Italian). May I ask what font did you use exactly? I like it so much!
    Thank you 😀

  5. Megan says

    Too Cute!! I love how simple yet elegant this do it yourself mat is. (: I found my rug at Ikea, bought my acrylic paint, and am ready to create my own doormat. Thanks for yet again another great tutorial Erin!


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