Funny doormats are becoming hot property! No – not the dupes or pushovers, but the flat, rectangular objects most commonly found outside front doors that you wipe your feet on. No longer content with just trapping dirt from the bottom of people’s shoes and preventing it from being walked through your home – funny doormats are now being used to make a statement and are proving so popular that they are even being targeted by burglars – easy pickings when they don’t even have to gain access to your property to steal one! Just take a look at this picture below:
There is evidence to suggest doormats have been in use for thousands of years but its only recently that their traditional “welcome” to visitors has taken a subversive twist and funny doormats are now being used to convey a range of messages from the hilarious to those who may want to hide a more pertinent message behind the humour.
Ironic humour – perhaps from a homeowner called Mathew or Matilda. This could be a great talking point to break the ice with visitors or a light hearted way to introduce yourself to your new neighbours without being physically present!
A coded message to the police perhaps?!
Below is a clip showing a selection of funny doormats to feast your eyes on and provide inspiration for you to make one of your own?!
Making Your Own Funny Doormat
For the more serious minded amongst you or those who live in a salubrious neighbourhood; the YouTube clip below shows you how to make a monogrammed doormat and yet the process can easily be adapted to create your own humorous design too. This do it yourself video is ideal if you cannot afford to fork out for a commercially made mat – simply buy a plain coir mat and make your own by following the instructions shown in the video. If you already have a plain mat you can give a new lease of life to then all the better – you will be recycling and helping the environment too!
The lady in the video has used tape as a stencil to blank out sections of the doormat for her design but you can also use tape or shop bought stencils to create your own pictures to fill in with paint. Remember that fibrous doormats may need a lot of paint to create a solid look as they tend to soak up any kind of liquid. Allow the mat to dry for at least 24 hours and spray the mat with spray sealer as this will help to prevent the design from being rubbed away by your visitors’ feet!
Whatever your tastes, message or aspect of your personality you would like to use to set the tone of your home; there really is no excuse for a blank door mat!
And as a final treat (especially for those who like the traditional slapstick approach) how about this “treadmill” doormat which was used on unsuspecting callers!
This post was contributed by turtlemat.co.uk