1 Measure the length and width of the mat and write the measurements down. Enlarge your template to the correct size – ours didn’t fit on A3 paper so we stuck two sheets together to get the correct size. Mark the mat’s measurements on a large sheet of paper and transfer your design within these measurements.
2 Cut a piece of adhesive plastic just larger than your doormat. Spray glue over the back of the paper template and stick it onto the paper side of the adhesive plastic.
3 Mark the sections to be cut out – these sections will be spray painted. Cut out these sections right through the adhesive plastic – use a sharp craft knife for this.
NOTE To use more than one colour, you need a separate stencil for each colour, or stick masking tape over the sections that are to be painted a different colour.
4 Carefully pull off the backing of the adhesive plastic and place the plastic section (in other words, your stencil) sticky side up on a flat surface. Press the doormat on top, in its correct position. Turn over the mat carefully and roll the rubber roller over the plastic stencil, to ensure it is attached firmly.
5 Working in an area with good ventilation, and following the manufacturer’s instruction, spray paint the design on to the doormat. Spray lightly and evenly and hold the can directly above the area you are spraying so you get sharp lines. Spray on a few coats until the colour is solid – leave to dry between coats.
6 Wait until the paint on the plastic is dry before removing the stencil.
TIP If you want to spray more than one doormat, it’s a good idea to use acetate to make your stencil as you can use an acetate stencil over and over again. Simply use string spray glue to stick it on to the mat.
Source: Ideas magazine