How to make a Thanksgiving doormat

Get busy with the spray paints to give an old doormat a new lease of life and spruce up your porch this fall

How to make a Thanksgiving doormat - landscape

This cheery upcycled doormat is a wonderfully simple way to refresh your home this fall and create an eye-catching welcome for Thanksgiving visitors. It also makes a great addition to your craft stall or Etsy shop if you have one as a side hustle! This Thanksgiving doormat is really simple to make using our free template and spray paints. By creating a stencil from sticky-back plastic you can cut pretty much any shape you fancy to make each doormat unique.

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You will need:

  • Doormat
  • Clear sticky-back plastic
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Marker pen
  • Pencil
  • Spray paint in green and red
  • Masking tape
How to make a Thanksgiving doormat

How to make a Thanksgiving doormat


Step 1

To make the stencil for your Thanksgiving doormat, cut a piece of sticky back plastic 3cm (1¼in) bigger than the doormat. Trace the Thanksgiving doormat template onto paper five times and cut it out. Using the picture as a guide, position the apples on the back of the sticky-back plastic spacing them out evenly.

Step 2

Draw around each apple template in pencil, then go over the pencil lines with a marker pen. Place the plastic right side up onto a cutting mat cut around each apple and leaf using a craft knife.

Step 3

Peel the backing paper off the sticky-back plastic and stick to the mat. (The sticky side should stick to the mat but it will be easy to remove). Press around the ‘apple holes’ of the stencil to prevent any spray from leaking under the plastic.

Step 4

Use masking tape to mask off the leaf design so that only the body of the apples are exposed. Place the mat onto an old sheet and spray red paint over the plastic using a sweeping motion. Work outside if you can, or in a well-ventilated area. Leave to dry for about 30-40 minutes, then repeat.

Step 5

Leave the mat to dry completely, then remove the masking tape from the leaves. Now mask the red apples and leave only the leaves exposed. Use the green spray to colour in the leaves, using a sweeping motion. Leave to dry for 30-40 minutes, then repeat.

Step 6

Leave your Thanksgiving doormat to dry completely for a few hours, then remove the masking tape and plastic stencil to reveal perfect apple shapes across the doormat.

Thanksgiving doormat - detail

We hope you’ve enjoyed this easy project on how to make a Thanksgiving doormat. If you’re looking for more easy upcycling homeware projects, why not make these (super easy) wine bottle lights or these (equally easy) herb pots. Check out our upcycling projects for more brilliant inspiration!