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Custom Doormat

Welcome guests -- and reassure them that they're ringing the right bell -- with a mat displaying your house number.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2003


You can easily embellish an inexpensive doormat with hardware-store supplies to create an accent for your entrance that is both functional and decorative.



  • Coir doormat (18-by-30-inch coir mat, which is made from the stiff fibers of coconut husks)

  • Scissors

  • Masking tape in 3-inch and 3/4-inch widths

  • Address numbers

  • Card stock

  • Utility knife

  • Ruler

  • T pins

  • 12-ounce can

  • Enamel spray paint


  1. Create a border around its perimeter with 3-inch tape, positioning it 1 1/4 inches from edge. For a second border, affix 3/4-inch tape, leaving 1/2 inch between borders. Print out figures (ours are 650-point type), then photocopy onto card stock, and cut out with a utility knife; or choose 6-inch numbers from a hardware store. Use a ruler to center numbers; pin paper ones to mat.

  2. In a well-ventilated area, hold spray paint (in a contrasting color) 4 to 6 inches over mat and work in small circles; bring closer to paint edges of mat.

  3. Let dry at least 2 hours before removing tape and numbers.

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