Hey there, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We ended up going to Chicago for a few days to relax and get away from the kitchen reno mess. It was nice to get away before the hustle and bustle of Christmas starts, but I had a pile of unfinished projects waiting for me when I got home.

The Chicago Bean reflecting the nighttime skyline. | chatfieldcourt.com

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I hope you’re ready for Christmas projects, because I’ve been busy cranking them out (well, they’re not all finished but I have been busy starting as many as I can and then leaving them lay all over the house 😉 ). One project that I have been able to finish was this quick and easy DIY deer head doormat.

Tutorial on how to make your own DIY deer head doormat. A quick and easy project. | chatfieldcourt.com

I desperately needed a new doormat and when I found a plain coir doormat, I knew I could add a little something to it and it would be perfect for my front porch. I’ve been itching to use a free deer head printable that I found online last year, and this was the perfect project for it.

I wanted this project to be as inexpensive as possible so I used things that I already had on hand… 

DIY deer head doormat supplies. | chatfieldcourt.com

I’ve used shipping labels before, when I did my dog silhouette project, and they worked out really well so I went with them again. They are thicker than the printer paper so it makes it easier to use as your stencil.

The first thing I did was to print out the deer head silhouette. Then I placed the printed sheet on top of the shipping label and, using a razor knife, I carefully cut out the deer head.

DIY deer head doormat printable and shipping label. | chatfieldcourt.comOnce the deer head was cut out, I was ready to start painting. There was a channel in the doormat so I used it to make a painted frame around my deer head. You can skip this step but, because I’m a bit of a perfectionist, I used painter’s tape to keep my lines straight.

DIY deer head doormat prepping with painter's tape. | chatfieldcourt.comIf you’ve ever stepped on one of these doormats then you know that they are stiff and course and tape doesn’t want to stick to it, so I used straight pins to keep it from moving around while I was painting.

DIY deer head doormat painter's tape pinned to mat . | chatfieldcourt.comOnce it was taped and pinned, I painted the “frame”, removing the tape as soon as I was done. Next, it was time to do the deer head. I placed the shipping label on the mat, centering it in the frame, and pinned it to keep it in place.

DIY deer head doormat deer head stencil. | chatfieldcourt.comDIY deer head doormat deer head stencil pinned to mat. | chatfieldcourt.comStippling with the brush, I painted the deer head. I had to work a little to get the paint into the coarse fibers, but it covered well. As soon as I finished painting, I removed the stencil and let the doormat dry.

I love how it looks on my front porch.

DIY deer head doormat painted and on the front porch. | chatfieldcourt.comDIY deer head doormat completed and on the front porch. | chatfieldcourt.comNow I need to decorate the rest of the porch to go along with my new deer head doormat. Have you started your holiday decorating yet?