Sunday, April 1, 2012

Make It! Wooden Door Mat

I recently splurged and bought a great rug for my patio.  I love the colors and the style.  I needed another mat for in front of my garage door but that is where the dirty boots and muddy lawn mower wheels enter.  I didn't want to put a nice rug in front of that door because it wouldn't last.

So I made this:

It's made out of wood and it's a very easy project to do.  Here's what you need:

 Five (plus or minus, depending on how big you want your mat) 1x2s.  I used cheap pine at 75 cents apiece.  TIP:  Make sure to get all boards with rounded edges or all boards with sharp edges.  I didn't so I have a "front" and a "back" (right side and wrong side!).

Rope (I used Sisal Rope)
Nuts (I grabbed 1/2 inch ones since my rope was 3/8)
Paint (I used two colors of outdoor latex paint)
Sealer (I used a can of Krylon Sealer spray)

Start by deciding how big you want your mat.  I decided on 24x36 inches.  I cut all my boards to 24 inches and cut twenty to give me the finished 36 inches.

You will need to drill a hole in each board four inches from the end so that each board gets two holes.  Make sure to drill through the long way, not the short way. Using a drill press makes the process easier but isn't necessary.

Paint your boards.  Decide on the pattern you want and make sure you have enough boards to lay the pattern out.  I decided on brown and teal and my pattern is very basic.  I am starting with one brown and ending with one brown but the boards will be twice thick in the middle. b = brown; t = teal  (b-t-t-b-b-t-t-b-b-t-t-b-b-t-t-b-b-t-t-b).  Decide on a pattern BEFORE you paint them so that you paint the right number of boards the right color.  When dry, spray seal them.

Cut two long pieces of rope and tie a knot at the end of each one.  String on board by putting the rope through your holes.  Space the boards with a nut.

When you reach the last board, tie a knot.  I added a dab of glue to the knots as I tied them so they wouldn't come undone.

You're finished!  I'd suggest leaving some slack so that the mat is a little more forgiving.  The spaces in the boards will allow water and mud to run off the shoes and it's a lot more durable than a pretty patio rug!  I think that this will look even nicer as it weathers and fades a bit!

If I do it again:

1.  I would make sure my 1x2 boards were all the same finishes.

2.  I like the color but think it would look neat natural, too.

3.  To make it cheaper, I may forgo the nuts and just tie knots or string on big wooden beads.


  1. I've seen these in stores and thought I could make that, but never got around to actually sitting down and figuring out how to make it work. Now I can put DH to work on one of these.

    I found you through Frugal by Choices blog hop!

    1. I'd love to see pictures when you do! I'm color challenged and like to see what others use so I can copy them in the future!

  2. found you by Frugal by Choices

    1. Awesome site! The author is as sarcastic and uncouth in writing as I am in real life but my mom reads my blog and she is still under the delusion that I am demure. Since we live 1600 miles apart, I'm trying not to shatter that delusion and disappoint her.

  3. Oh my goodness that is freaking adorable! I wish I had the patience to make something like that. I bet my sister or aunt could get conned in to making me one...

    Thanks for linking up!

    1. I'm incredibly short on patience. Those man hands you see in one of the pictures are my husband's hands. (I like to think mine are more petite and girlish but they're really not. . . . I'm built like a behemoth and that doesn't make for little hands.) I just got to do the fun parts of this project!

  4. What a cool idea! I don't know if I've ever seen a wooden door mat, lol! But it looks really easy and simple - which is right up my alley ;) Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday. We'll be featuring this at Someday Crafts tomorrow :)