Next time you need a new doormat, take the opportunity to make it yourself. It's not only a fun project to plan and decorate; homemade doormats can be an inexpensive, environmentally friendly option -- and you can personalise it any way you want. Whether you want something traditional or one that will blow your guests' minds, a homemade doormat is the answer.
You'll have to choose your homemade doormat materials based on durability, availability, environmental impact, price and how easy the material is to make into a doormat. For example, buying thick weaving reeds from the craft store may be convenient, but they are pricey and not as environmentally sound as weaving a doormat out of discarded plastic bags or old shrunken sweaters. Wood scraps may make a more decorative doormat than old bicycle tires, but old tires are more easily cut up and pieced together than wood scraps, which require a saw to shape into the properly sized slats.
One of the joys of making your own doormat is that you can choose a personalised motto. Some people want a funny or witty motto to greet their friends and family, such as "Our House Is Your House ... If You Pay the Mortgage," or "Come Back With a Warrant." Others want a serious or informative motto, such as "Welcome to the Franklin Home" or "Please Remove Your Shoes Inside." Pick a motto that suits you and your roommates or family, and remember that it's the first thing visitors will see when they get to your house.
You can forgo words completely on your doormat and go for a graphic motif instead. If you love dogs, penguins or any other animal, that's a good choice. You can also use a doormat-related motif, such as footprints or a front door. There are different ways you can apply the motif, but be sure to use a paint or material that won't rub away with heavy use. You may choose to incorporate colours or designs into the very fabrication of your doormat to make sure the design won't rub off.
Sometimes, doormats aren't necessary. You can provide, either on a covered porch or in a front hall, a bench at which guests may take off their shoes, or a shoe-scraper for removing mud and grit. But if you want your guests to remove or clean their shoes without a doormat, be sure to inform them -- people are used to having a doormat to wipe their feet on, so its absence may lead to a messy floor if you're not careful.
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