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Front door mat with the words Boo stencilled on it

Overview

Spread the spooky spirit with this D.I.Y. Halloween doormat project.  Using a few simple materials and tools, you can create a unique welcome to your home for trick-or-treaters on 31st October. Since you’ll be making your own stencil, feel free to get creative with the words or images you paint.

Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (safety glasses, ear muffs, gloves and mask ) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment.

Steps

1Gather your tools and materials

Start by gathering the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.
Assorted tools, paint brush, door mat and paint

2Make a stencil

Lay down corflute to protect your workspace. Print the word 'BOO' in a bold font on an A3-sized piece of paper – the thicker the font, the better. Place on the corflute and cut out the letters using a retractable knife

You can also cut out a stencil of a bat to add to the bottom corner.

A team member using small blade to cut around stencil

3Secure the stencil

Use pins to hold the word in place. Don’t forget to pin the middle cut-outs of each letter.
A team member using pins to pin on the stencil to the door mat

4Paint

Using a round brush and a dabbing technique, add the black paint over the BOO stencil. Dabbing will prevent the paint from bleeding. The mat will soak up some of the paint, but keep dabbing. Once the paint is dark and even, remove the stencil and allow to dry.

Pin the bat stencil to the mat in your preferred spots and repeat the dabbing process. Once dark and even, remove the stencil and allow to dry.

Door mat  being stencilled on

5Display at your door

Display the mat at your front doorstep. Your fun, spooky, Halloween-themed doormat is sure to welcome the treaters and scare away the tricksters!
Front door mat with the words Boo stencilled on it

6Feeling crafty?

Explore our range of doormats for your D.I.Y. Halloween doormat project.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.