Easy DIY Home Decor Project: Grapefruit Slice Doormat Tutorial

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This super easy DIY home decor project is the perfect way to get your feet wet in the DIY waters!

A grapefruit slice doormat for summer?

Just too cute!

And it looks like you bought it from Anthropologie but is WAY cheaper AND more fun!

And as a bonus, you’ll have the bragging rights saying you made it yourself.

DIY Home Decor Project

Easy DIY Home Decor Project: Grapefruit Slice Doormat Tutorial

When backyard parties, cold drinks, and colorful decor all start to come together, you know what time it is — SUMMERTIME!

One of the things I love most about summer is the warm weather, giving us plenty of excuses to throw outdoor get-togethers and spend time with our favorite people.

And if you’re a true hostess with the mostess, you know no summer party is complete without the right decor.

Clearly, Will Smith’s ‘Summertime’ must be blasting on repeat!

What better way to greet your guests than with a stunner doormat that’s sure to catch their eye and give off a fun summer vibe?!

DIY Doormat for Summer

DIY Home Decor Project: Grapefruit Slice Summer Doormat

The Best Outdoor Doormat

As you probably already know, the doormat trend has been EVERYWHERE lately.

I must say that I’m a fan.

Doormats give instant personality to your home and set the tone for what’s inside before you even cross the threshold.

And what better way to show your personality than to make the best outdoor doormat with your own two hands?

Add a fresh squeeze of color to your space with this quick and easy DIY guide to a grapefruit slice doormat that’s almost too pretty to step on!

What you'll need for this DIY Home Decor Project

What You’ll Need To Make A DIY Doormat:

  • A blank natural fiber (coir) doormat (You can get one from Amazon)
  • A thick sponge
  • Acrylic paint (I used pink + orange for grapefruit, feel free to substitute colors to achieve a different kind of fruit)
  • Scissors

DIY Home Decor Project: Step One

First, shake out your doormat outside to eliminate any dust and loose fibers.

Then, take your sponge and draw a semi-circle shape against one of the long ends.

After that, put the remaining part of the cut sponge to the side.

Don’t throw that away just yet.

Cut your sponge to use to apply paint

DIY Home Decor Project: Step Two

Pour some pink paint onto a paper plate and dip the semi-circle shaped sponge into it, heavily covering the bottom.

Firmly press the sponge stamp onto your mat and gently lift up.

Continue to cover your mat with this shape, alternating angles and dipping your sponge back into the paint after every application.

Given the rough surface texture of the mat, you may not cover the intended area completely.

This is fine, you can touch up these areas at the end.

Once your mat is covered with the pink slices, let it dry for 30 minutes.

Apply paint to doormat with sponge

DIY Home Decor Project - Apply paint with a sponge

DIY Home Decor Project: Step Three

Grab the leftover sponge piece and trim off the corners.

Then round them out until you achieve a crescent moon shape.

Pour the orange paint onto a paper plate and use the same stamping technique to apply the peels to the slices.

Finally, let dry for 30 minutes.

Create the rind with the remainder of the sponge

DIY Home Decor Project: Step Four

If needed, take a smaller sponge brush and touch up any areas you may have missed, firmly pressing down in a slow blotting motion.

In addition, you can also add in slice marks with a lighter color paint if you prefer a more detailed look.

Allow your mat to dry for 24 hours.

For extra protection, apply a waterproof clear coat sealant spray.

Fill in with a sponge brush

Now you’re ready to kickoff summer with a fruity treat for your feet!

Go on and take those Instagram-worthy shoe photos standing on your new DIY doormat!

You know you want to! 😉

DIY Home Decor Project Summer Doormat

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7 thoughts on “Easy DIY Home Decor Project: Grapefruit Slice Doormat Tutorial”

    • Our contributor Lindsey made the doormat. Not sure how long it took but I’m assuming once she got the supplies and set everything up, it probably only took about 30 minutes to make. Isn’t it adorable?


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