Hey Y’all – Custom Text Door Mat Tutorial

September 16, 2014Allison Murray
You can make a custom text door mat to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

I love IKEA. It’s just about my happiest place on the entire dang planet. I don’t know why I love all of the super cheap stuff but I do. Plainly put, IKEA is a crafter’s paradise my friends.

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

And when I saw this rug for around ten bucks or so I snapped one up. Did I have anything in mind for it? Not really but I knew I could do something awesome with it.

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Around that time I was in Houston with my parents and nephews. And kids being kids they were teasing me about totally random things. They’d flamboyantly enter the room and say “hey, y’all – I’m Auntie A!” Because, yes, I say hey y’all all of the time. It’s in my videos, it’s what I say when I meet up with people, it’s what I say when I walk into the doctor’s office. It’s just my greeting and it has been for years. It’s a matter of habit at this point!

So I thought it would be kind of tongue in cheek to make a mat with my catch phrase for my pad. It turned out pretty cute and though you may not want yours to say the same, I’ll show you how to make your own pretty darn easily.

For this project you will need:

  • Plain doormat
  • Spray paint in a light color would be best but bright might  work out okay
  • Small pieces of poster board (mine came 8 sheets to a bag at Walmart)
  • Silhouette cameo and 12×24 inch cutting mat OR x-acto knife and printer

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

First if you’re using a Silhouette Cameo, you’ll need to trim your paper to fit. Your posterboard will only be 22 inches long, so keep that in mind when setting your file to print in the Silhouette Studio.

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

The word you want in the size you want may not fit straight across on your poster board. Make it the size you want it and rotate it until it will fit onto the board. Make sure you leave the last 2 inches of the mat unused since your poster board isn’t that long.

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

Cut it and weed it.

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

Flip the whole thing over and peel THE MAT away from the poster board. If you go the other way you’ll  have a big curled up mess on your hands for your stencil.

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

Now my Y’all wouldn’t fit on one piece of poster board so I cut into two with the y on one board and the ‘all on the next. You might need to do the same and it’s no big deal, for real.

Trim around your words so that you can see your mat through all of the cut out letters.

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

Use spray adhesive to stick the stencils to the mat (it won’t be perfect but it will help it not fly off).

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!Use tape to secure the edges. Now I didn’t think of this, but it’s a good idea to cover up all of the areas you don’t want to paint. Like the edges. Der!
Finish by putting the inside of the letters down by spraying a lot of adhesive and putting something with some weight on it (like a shoe or the can) to help them sit tight.

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

My initial plan was to go hot pink! but the paint I had was more maroon when it dried. Fail. And so I found a can of bright purple. Not what I was going for. So I went digging in my stash and found orange. With fall upon us it seemed the perfect solution. A bright, fun color!

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

So I sprayed the crap out of it. Including my uncovered edges. But you’re going to be smarter than that!

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

Allow to fully dry and then remove the poster board away. Now here it looks decent enough but in not so bright light the words were really hard to read. Ugh.

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

So I grabbed a 2 ounce bottle of acrylic craft paint in a brighter orange and a stiff bristled brush (Tulip brushes are fab for this sort of stuff) and went over the spray with acrylic. It wasn’t a huge deal but I would have preferred to skip this step as it is completely unnecessary! But live and learn, right?

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

Hey Y’all – dig my new rug? It’s all fall-like and all Allison-fied in its statement!

You can make a custom text rug to say absolutely anything. Hey y'all! So neat!

And everybody who enters gets it and knows I made it because, well, that’s kind of what I do!

So tell me… what will your custom text door mat say?

Comments (11)

  • Jenni @ The Common Creative

    September 19, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    What a great way to restyle an ikea product! I love that this is the first thing someone sees when they come in the door!

  • Bipasha

    September 20, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    nice idea. But those adorable shoes are simply stealing the show!

  • Liz Queenlila

    September 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    so purty!! ;)

  • Sonja @ SustainMyCraftHabit

    November 5, 2015 at 5:36 AM

    Super cute! I want to make one for my front door.

  • Angie Alford

    March 15, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    I would LOVE to make these as a thank you gift for the ladies hosting my bay shower BUT I don’t have one of these machines. Would you by any chance make me the stencil and I could pay you via paypal?

    1. Allison Murray

      March 16, 2016 at 11:37 AM

      I’m sorry. I don’t do that sort of thing but I bet if you look around on Etsy somebody will!

  • a m

    June 26, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    May I ask how the paint has held up with time and wear? I love this idea but I’m wondering about the durability. Did the paint stay on the mat fibers? Or did it flake off over time? Thanks so much!!

    1. Allison Murray

      June 26, 2016 at 10:29 AM

      Hi! This mat lasted a surprisingly long time! I figured I’d get a few months out of it but I got a little over a year before I decided it looked too worn. The paint stayed on really pretty well, just the fibers of the mat would sometimes wiggle free, like when somebody would aggressively wipe their feet, and that made the design less crisp and prominent. But I didn’t actually see any flaking of the paint. I figure I got about the same amount of time out of it as I would have a painted natural door mat that you buy from Walmart or the home improvement store. I hope that info helps!

  • Mandy Learn

    September 19, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Super cute! What font did you use? Thanks!

    1. Allison Murray

      September 20, 2017 at 9:52 AM

      Hi, Mandy! I’ve been going through my stuff and I simply cannot locate what font I used. That stinks and I’m sorry! The name of it is on the tip of my tongue but it’s not on my newer computer so I’m at a loss. I’ll keep thinking, though, and let you know if it comes to me!

    2. Allison Murray

      September 20, 2017 at 9:56 AM

      Oh my gosh! And just like that! KG Always a Good Time

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