DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Stenciled Doormat

DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Stenciled Doormat

Hi everyone! I’m Olivia from DIY Mother and I’m so excited to be sharing one of my favorite Anthropologie-inspired DIY crafts to date: a “hello, goodbye” doormat. When I first saw this stenciled coir doormat, I fell in love. They have French and Spanish versions, and it shows either a greeting or a farewell, depending on which side of the door you’re facing. Absolutely brilliant idea, Anthropologie.

The Anthropologie version is $38, and my DIY version is only $6. If you have paint already, it’s more like $3. I’d love to hear what you think, and see some of your own doormat projects.

Let’s get to it!

What you’ll need:

  • Super cheap doormat (I found mine for under $3 here)
  • Acrylic paint (or leftover interior paint, like I used)
  • Paint roller
  • Stencil
  • Craft knife


1. Pick your font! It took me a while to pick my favorite, but I settled on something basic and fun. I typed the words and printed them out to size. I used some leftover interior paint I found in my garage from the previous owners of my home.

DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Stenciled Doormat

2. I forgot about the concept of negative space, so this part was a bit difficult for me. For the greeting, you’ll want to use a craft knife to cut the letters out of the piece of paper, keeping the piece of paper intact. Tape the piece of paper to the doormat using as much tape as possible so the paper doesn’t move.

DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Stenciled Doormat

DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Stenciled Doormat

I found that patting the paint with the end of the roller was the most effective technique. It really packed the paint on.

DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Stenciled Doormat

DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Stenciled Doormat

3. Take some scissors and cut out each individual letter for the farewell. You’ll be painting over them, so you don’t need the piece of paper intact. Place a long piece of painter’s tape in the middle of the doormat to separate the greeting and farewell. My doormat has lines on it, so I was able to measure exactly to the center of the mat.

Use double-sided tape (or roll regular tape into double-sided tape) and tape the letters down to the mat. Again, the lines made it easy to line up each letter straight.

DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Stenciled Doormat

4. Use the patting technique over the letters to avoid them moving. DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Stenciled Doormat

5. Spray the doormat with a sealer, if you want, but I didn’t. 3 weeks later and it’s still in great shape!

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Happy crafting!

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Olivia is a 28 year old mother to two rambunctious little girls, and wife to a handsomely handy contractor. Her family purchased their first home last year, and since then they've been embarking on any DIY renovation project they can dream up; she has also become a bit of a decorating nerd. I blog about my DIY highs and lows at DIY Mother, but in her free time she's either pinning or Googling pictures of Ryan Gosling (it never gets old).

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  1. I might have to make this for my new house! I love it!

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