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Patriotic Doormat

An easy-to-make addition to the front door, this festive doormat is perfect for last-minute Fourth of July decorating. The technique calls for little more than a basic doormat, paint, tape, and our downloadable star-stencil template. For best results, use a sturdy, coir doormat (available at hardware stores), which will withstand the elements and a lot of foot traffic, so it can be used year after year.

Materials

  • Star-stencil template
  • Manila folder or lightweight cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Sturdy, coir doormat with sides taped
  • Painter's tape
  • Low-tack tape
  • Long ruler
  • T-square (optional)
  • Bowl of straight pins
  • Blue and red oil paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Paintbrushes
  • Jar of mineral spirits
  • Clean rags

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Download and print the star-stencil template, or create your own. Trace the template onto a manila folder or lightweight cardboard, and cut out three star shapes. Create a rectangular box on the doormat using painter's tape. Use 2-inch low-tack tape to make a side border. Place the tape vertically and flush to the edge. Measure 6 inches from the top and bottom on each side; mark with pencil. Position tape horizontally along these measurements. (You should now have a taped-off box. You'll need to adjust the measurements, depending upon the size of your mat.)

  2. Step 2

    Once the tape is affixed, position the stars on the mat. Find the center point, and place the first start on it. Place the remaining two stars 1 1/2 inches to either side of the center star. Tack them in place with straight pins. (Again, the spacing will depend on the size of your mat.)

  3. Step 3

    Make a mixture of 1 pint of blue oil paint to 1 tablespoon paint thinner. Lightly dab and rub the paint into the mat. (It's better to do two light coats than one heavy one.) Let dry for a couple of hours. Apply a second coat, and once the paint has dried, remove the tape.

  4. Step 4

    To create the stripes, place a strip of 2-inch tape along the bottom and top of the blue rectangle. Place additional tape along the bottom and top of the mat, flush with the edge. In the space remaining, paint the stripes red. Let dry, and apply a second coat. When dry, peel off tape, and remove the stars.

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Reviews (10)

  • afwife4 31 Oct, 2011

    As the wife of a military member, I have great respect and reverence for our flag. But this mat is not a flag and I see no reason to be offended.

  • bfabjw 26 Sep, 2010

    It sure is offensive to have an American flag on my door step when I live in AMERICA. Wow, people. Wow.

  • khender711 29 Jun, 2009

    I thought I might be the only one with negative feelings about this craft, but I see I'm not. Even though it isn't a replica of our flag, it is indeed, "flag-like".

    I think that other red / white / blue themes (stripes, diamonds, circles, etc.) would be far less offensive than stars and stripes.

  • vjdeed 29 Jun, 2009

    I was agreeing with Deadguy1 - this is a nice craft, in theory, but NOT using a flag as the image.

  • vjdeed 29 Jun, 2009

    why wont my comments post on this site. I am logged in?

  • Deadguy1 29 Jun, 2009

    Back during the founding of our country, wearing the flag was considered inappropriate and even offensive. One of the rules dealing with flags is that, if it touches the ground, you are supposed to burn it. I find the idea of walking on something that is meant to evoke the flag to be offensive, even if the design idea is cute.

  • odunahoo 29 Jun, 2009

    I image spray paint would wear off easily.

  • willowbird35 29 Jun, 2009

    goawaydoormats.com has plain coir mats for 16.99 each

  • michellewash 29 Jun, 2009

    I can't find the plain door mats. Does anyone have any ideas on where I could find these? Thanks!

  • marthagooch 29 Jun, 2009

    Is it possible to use spray paint? This is a wonderful idea for any season!