What better way to invite trick-or-treaters to your front door than with a spooky miniature welcome mat?! This dollhouse tutorial is really easy and will have you feeling festive in no time. You only need a few supplies to get started.
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- Wallpaper Sample
- Poster Board
- Black Acrylic Paint – matte finish
- Small Paint Brush – with fine tip
- Xacto Knife
- Cutting Mat – small
- Metal Ruler – with cork back
- Something Heavy
- A Fun Slogan
How To Make It
Find what you want to make your miniature welcome mat out of. For this I used a grasscloth wallpaper sample from Phillip Jeffries that I had laying around. Of course, if you do not have this you can improvise. Look for something that will lay flat and has a texture that can closely mimic the real thing. Other options might include a placemat, a napkin, or a piece of scrapbook paper that has the same kind of vibe.
Once you select your material, map out the size you need for your mat. The ones I made were about 2″ x 3″. Use a size that is at least as wide as your door. Cut out the pieces and glue them on to poster board for added stability. I then placed a heavy stone sample on top to make sure it laid flat while it dried.
Once it is completely dry, map out the slogans you want to use on your welcome mat. For this I did Witch Please and Hey Boo because I thought they were cute. I then mapped out the lettering on a separate scrap piece of paper so I could judge the letter placement. You can also sketch this out directly on the wallpaper with a pencil before you begin with paint. If you make a mistake, you can simply erase and start again.
Once you have a basic guideline of your letters it’s time to start painting. For this I used basic black acrylic paint in a matte finish. You’ll also want to use a fine tipped paintbrush since the lettering is small, naturally.
Using a grasscloth wallpaper was helpful not only because it has great organic texture, but also because it has a linear pattern that you can use as a guide to help you keep your lettering and border straight. Mine got a bit wonky, but it still looks awesome – so don’t worry about perfection here. Just have fun!
Once your paint is dry (which will be pretty quick since it’s small and we used acrylics – hooray!), cut it out and place it in front of your doorway. Now you’re ready to welcome all the dirty little feet that will be coming to beg for candy.
If you want to learn how to make your door spooktacular too, check out my tutorial on it here!