'Home Alone' Inspired Doormat

For 25 years, there has been one ultimate, reigning champion holiday movie: Home Alone. Stacked with perfect one-liners, this movie has been a reference point for me and Christmas for my entire life. Here is a brief list of a few of the things that make this movie so perfect: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Williams, Chris Columbus, John Hughes, Pizza, Buzz's girlfriend (woof), Pepsi, Fuller not going easy on said Pepsi, "I am upstairs, dummy," and of course, "Keep the change, ya filthy animal." (The list goes on and on...)

A while back, we made this DIY Welcome Mat for Holl & Lane Magazine, and we immediately had about a billion more ideas for a doormat using this same technique. Finally, we settled on this design for the winter season. Let's be clear, this isn't exactly a "quick and easy" project, but this is a really fun project, and you can do it yourself too!

Here's what you need:
- Outdoor furniture paint (can't find black online, we bought ours in store)
- Cardboard for stencil
- Scissors
- Blank printer paper
- Pen/pencil

Here's what you do:
- Decide on your design and plan it out in a Word document. We knew we wanted our mat to say "Keep the change ya filthy animal," so I used Helvetica font at about size 425 to type out "K, E, P, T, H, C, A, N, G, Y, F, I, L, and M." and printed them out.
- Cut out all your letters.
- Using your box cutter, cut your cardboard to fit the size of your doormat.

- Plan out where you want your letters to go on your cardboard and trace them with a pencil.
- After all your letters/designs are traced onto the cardboard, use your Xacto knife to carefully cut them all out.
- Now you're ready to paint! Align your stencil on your mat, and tape it on so it doesn't move and begin filling in your stencil with paint. Be prepared to get messy! The paint we used (linked above) is EXTREMELY thick (4x thicker than regular paint). The first coat I put on the mat I just "dab" the brush on the mat so it starts to cover and harden.
- Allow paint to dry and add a second coat. On my second coat, I am able to do more of a brushing motion so it covers much better.
- Allow to dry completely and put it outside!

I already cannot wait for our next pizza delivery so we can take this bad boy for a spin! (Should only be about six hours or so, I'll be sure to let you know how it goes!)

Sarah & Nick