Our home reflects who we are, so it only makes sense to extend our style to our front door. Follow along today with this easy DIY literary doormat tutorial. I’ve included a template for a Hobbit themed doormat, however it’s easy to design your own.
What you’ll need:
DOWNLOAD NO ADMITTANCE HOBBIT DOORMAT TEMPLATE HERE or your own quote of choice
- contact paper
- extra plain A4 or A3 paper (optional: you’ll need this if your printer needs something to grab hold of)
- scissors and/or x-acto knife
- acrylic paint
- brushes– I used small old eye makeup brushes to get the detail. The doormat material is quite difficult to paint otherwise.
- Cut contact paper to printer size (either A4 or A3) and flatten with books if the edges curl upwards.
- If your printer doesn’t do well with running contact paper through, use a bit of tape to attach plain paper to the shiny side to help the printer grip the contact paper as it goes through.
- Print your text out so it prints on the non shiny side, and prints in reverse.
- Use scissors and/ or an x-acto knife to cut out the letters, and discard. You’ll be using the negative space you cut out.
- Peel back the contact paper backing and press the adhesive side down onto the doormat.
- If needed, use pins to hold the contact paper into place.
- Use your eye makeup brush to dab acrylic paint up and down into the negative space. Don’t make a sweeping motion, otherwise you might shift the contact paper edges and paint past the lines.
- Remove the contact paper and pins, and let dry.
The link for the downloadable Hobbit text template was at the top of the page, but you can also click here –> No admittance signage for Hobbit doormat-- A3 printout (998 downloads)
I love this! I’ve been wanting a similar doormat for awhile now! Is the paint you used weather proof?
Once the acrylic dries, it’s waterproof. How weather proof it is will probably depend on where you have it? I’m still using the doormat and it’s holding up well.
Lovely idea! Can you offer a source for the doormat itself, please? Im having difficulty determining what sort it might be. Many thanks!
Hi Kat, I bought this one from Ikea https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20052187/