We're loving outdoor DIY ideas this summer, and this Watermelon Doormat is an easy one to throw together. With such minimal supplies needed, and simple steps to follow, this mat is stunning and adds a pop of color to your doorway for only about $10.
You can easily customize the shapes depending on the season or what you want to feature - for instance, for fall you could imprint pumpkins or leaves, or you can switch up the watermelon slices for apples, or cats and dogs. The sky is truly the limit for this one, and you'll adore how it will set your entryway apart from the rest!
- Plain 17 x 30 inches door mat
- Large all-purpose sponge
- Sharp scissors
- Detail paintbrush
- Plastic or paper plates for painting
- 2 2 oz containers of pink paint
- 1 2 oz container of green paint
- 1 2 oz container of black paint
- Exterior paint setting spray
Begin by using the scissors to cut the sponge into a watermelon shape. You'll need to cut two stamps — one to mimic the wedge shape of the watermelon's pink core, and a second to represent the thin, curved green rind of the watermelon. After cutting the general shapes out, you may need to trim up the edges to ensure a crisp stamped shape.
Next, pour a large amount of paint onto a tray or plastic plate and dip your sponge into the paint or paint the sponge with a brush. The natural fibers and crevasses of the mat soak up a lot of the color, so load on more than you think necessary.
With the stamp's bottom surface covered with paint, bring it over to the mat and press down firmly in random places across the surface. You'll want to load up on paint, and likely stamp on two layers of paint with the sponge pieces to your mat.
Stamp the pink wedges first and then go back and top each shape with the smaller stamp loaded with green paint.
Allow to dry for 20 minutes. Then grab the smaller detail brush and add tiny dots of black paint to the pink wedge to mimic watermelon seeds.
Allow the mat to sit at least 5 hours or overnight in a well-ventilated area to ensure that the paint has a chance to completely dry.
A final coat of clear, waterproof spray paint on top completes the piece and will help to protect the stamped watermelon design for the entire season.