Even though I’ve been distracted from working on my dollhouses for quite a while, I continue to make little accessories when time permits. The porch floor is not finished yet, but I couldn’t resist placing this tiny doormat in front of the front door. I designed and made it with a Cricut cutting machine. I think that it looks pretty cute if I may say so myself.
The step-by steps are below if you are interested in making a welcome mat for your own mini door. Actually, even if you don’t have a dollhouse, a mat that is a little larger could make a cute coaster for your coffee cup.
1: To start, I took a photo of my own door mat.
Then I used Photoshop to clean it up and make a black and white jpeg of the border only. You can download my jpeg if you like. Just click on the image below.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I learned that you cannot just shrink a photo down to get a good cut image for your machine. You must thin the black lines out as well or the details of the jpeg will be too small to see when reduced. For instance, the first time that I ran a cut on the scroll border, the little corners didn’t even cut. They were too small and read as solid black with a little nick in the corner area.
2: Next, I uploaded the jpeg to my Cricut design space and sized it to approx 2″ x 3″.
3: This mat is cut from black card-stock, but next time, I would use the black vinyl because that would look more like the rubber from a real mat AND it would have the adhesive on the back already.
4: I used white glue to adhere the black border to a piece of upholstery fabric that looked kind of like a jute door mat to me.
The “Welcome” text is inked by using one of those little green plastic templates with letters punched out of it. Can’t think of what they are called, but you know the ones that I mean. 😊