The other day I got the urge to make a Reformation door mat.
So I did. 😉
Immediately what popped into my head was the famous Luther quote, “Here I stand…” which is totally punny for a doormat but also deeply meaningful.
“Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.”
It is debated whether or not Luther actually said these words – some sources include it and some do not, but ultimately it doesn’t matter. Luther was convinced that we are saved by Grace, through faith in Christ alone, and refused to go against what he knew to be true.
How true it still is for us, as we going through challenging times, facing all sorts of falsehood and opposition to truth. This door mat, for me, is more than just a funny pun (although I enjoy the humor of it too) – it is a reminder to myself, a statement to others, and a request to God that I may always hold fast to the Truth:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Below is the tutorial for this mat, and I’ve included the files for my design. However, you can totally make your own design to say whatever you’d like! No circut machine needed!
If you do have a cricut machine, consider yourself blessed. But if you don’t, like me, this is the old fashioned way.
1 Coir Doormat – this is the one I got from Target. This one from Amazon is similar. Mine is 23 x 35″
Digital Design File – download below or design your own
Card stock or printer paper
Scissors (Love my Scotch titanium precision scissors!)
Small craft paint brush (don’t use your favorite – it’ll never be the same)
Black Acrylic Paint (or Fusion Mineral Paint Coal Black – that also worked well!)
- Print letters on card stock or paper. Cut out with scissors. If you use my files, they are scaled for use on a 23 x 35 inch mat. If your mat is a different size, simply adjust the scale (percentage) in your printer’s settings when you print. You may have to experiment to see what size works best for your mat.
- Use a ruler to find the center of your mat and lay out the letters roughly where you want them. (Can you tell my printer was about to run out of ink?!)
- Once positioned, use pieces of masking tape rolled up (like little tubes – so the entire outside is sticky) to secure your stencils to the mat. Make any final adjustments to placement as necessary.
- Trace around each letter with black sharpie. You will have to “dab” at the mat to make a mark – just running the sharpie around the letter in one stroke won’t leave a dark enough line.
- Using your craft brush and black paint, fill in all the letters up to the edges of your tracing lines. Work the paint down into the coir as much as you can to make the lettering as dark as possible.
- Let mat dry completely. You can use it as is, or seal it with the flex seal spray for added durability.
To add some interest, I wanted to layer a buffalo check rug underneath but couldn’t find one anywhere! As an inexpensive and easy alternative, I used vinyl tablecloth material from Hobby Lobby. I bought one yard and cut it to the size I wanted. You could also cut a vinyl tablecloth to size if you can’t find fabric by the yard.
The vinyl topside of the fabric is water resistant and the bottom is a felt-like material that keeps it from shifting. It is lightweight, but the coir mat helps weigh it down. I also used my other porch decor to secure the corners.
My parents and in-laws both want one now, so I’m working on making more of them!
I hope this has inspired you to create your own personalized door mat!