Make a Merry Candy Cane Doormat

An adorable doormat is the threshold to your home during the holiday season, and while you may be mighty tempted by the retail options available every year, did you ever consider making one yourself?

With just a few materials – basically just a blank rectangular jute doormat and paint – your creative options are endless, and you’ll find that you can customize your own doormat easily to suit the rest of your holiday decor. Stencils can be store-bought, or made at home (reference this tutorial to see how stencils can be made using painters’ tape). Follow my easy how-to to make a simple stencil out of tissue paper, and see how you can create your own candy cane design.

How to make a Candy Cane Doormat for the holiday season.


Step 1

 Open GalleryMake a stencil for your DIY doormat using tissue paper.Begin with your plain doormat and create a template to size. I found it easiest to use a piece of tissue paper, and for symmetry, did the left half of the design as a starting point. You’ll notice my design takes a slightly different shape between the template and painting phase.

Step 2

 Open GalleryTransfer your template shape onto the doormat.Trim the template to size, and transfer the shape to the back of your doormat using a marker.

Step 3

 Open GalleryCut out your doormat edge using an utility knife or scissors.

Cut the entire template to size using a pair of scissors or a utility knife. Depending on the material your doormat is made of, expect to dull your cutting tool very fast!

Step 4

 Open GalleryPaint the outer edge of the doormat design with black craft paint for definition.Using black craft paint, define the details of your design. This is where my final design veered a little bit from the original template. Thinner candy canes seemed to look better than ones that are fully intertwined.

Step 5

 Open GalleryAdd white to your design and make striped candy canes.Next, add white paint into the design. You may find you need to go back and touch up the crisp border, but trust me, it’s worth it to have the black shapes as a guide. In creating your stripes, make sure that each candy cane is a little bit different so that the stripes don’t align.

Step 6

 Open GalleryMake a striped candy cane doormat for the holidays!Fill in the gaps with a different color (classic red in my case), allow the craft paint to dry overnight, and set it out on display!


  • Jute or Sisal Doormat
  • Tissue Paper
  • Marker
  • Assorted Paint Colors


  • Scissors or Utility Knife
  • Paint Brushes
About Emily Fazio 


I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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