You never know what’s behind closed doors, especially on Halloween night! Warn passersby of the fright that might appear inside your home with this “Enter if you dare” coir doormat. An iron gate is often seen in the front of haunted houses so display it at the front steps of yours! Go the DIY approach with this welcoming (or not so welcoming) creation and create your own Halloween welcome mat for your entranceway. Follow along with our step by step photo tutorial and learn how to create a freezer paper stencil from our free PDF template or SVG cut file and transform a basic coir mat into something made to compliment your other Halloween decorations for spooky season.
This Halloween doormat was created, shot and written by Tara at Spot of Tea Designs. Her blog is a very welcoming place to visit.
DIY Halloween Doormat Supplies
- 18 x 30” Coir Doormat
- Freezer Paper
- Acrylic Paint – black
- Foam brush
- X-acto Craft Knife
- Cutting Mat
- “Enter if you dare” Template PDF
This Halloween themed doormat uses a freezer paper stencil you create on your own using the traditional X-acto knife method with a PDF template or using an SVG cut file and a cutting machine. Cut a piece of freezer paper and lay it shiny side down on the cutting mat.
If you’re using the X-acto knife and PDF method, lay your template on top in the center and use a craft knife to cut out the shape.
If you’re using a cutting machine, set it to the lowest material setting and center the design in the cutting mat window and cut out all the pieces needed.
Remember you’ll be using the negative part of this template but you will want to keep any inners, like the inside of the letters “R”, “D”, and “A”.
Lay the freezer paper stencils down on your coir doormat. Overlap the components, making additional cuts to connect the full iron gate at the bottom. Heat an iron and lay it over the stencils to adhere them to the doormat. Make sure to include those inners in position!
Use painter’s tape to cover any ends where the stencils are really close to the edge. You don’t want any paint to accidentally get in the wrong part of the mat.
Apply paint on the negative parts of the stencils using a sponge brush and an up and down motion. Do NOT try to brush the paint on as it will chew your brush apart and might get paint under the stencil.
Once the paint is dry, peel the freezer paper stencil away to reveal your new Halloween doormat!
Lay this doormat down at your front steps and await the pitter-patter of trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.
See if they’ll heed the warning on your porch or ring the doorbell to ask for a treat.
Like this look? Consider creating these mats for each holiday or each season, with different freezer paper stencil designs. See our summer doormat here.