How To Make A DIY Back To School Decorative Door Mat for $1

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Send them off to school on a happy note with this DIY decorative door mat!
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How To Make A DIY Back To School Decorative Door Mat for $1


Ok, what just happened to summer? Like most folks, you’re probably sad, glad, or can hardly wait until your kiddos go back to school. 

For us though, summer came and went by in a flash. Amiright? 

But after a few weeks of “just winging it,” I am ready for my kiddos to head back to school because I am craving more structure and routine in our lives once again. 

Here is a tutorial on how to make your very own Back-to-School decorative doormat. I decided to do this project to get my kiddos all excited and ready for back-to-school season. 


If you’d like to give it a try, below is a list of supplies that you will need to make your very own.


Supplies List:

  • 1 black outdoor grade doormat, (Note: these come in a variety of colors from the Dollar Tree. I chose black because it looks like a chalkboard)
  • assorted colors of acrylic paints
  • 1 pack of jumbo sidewalk chalk
  • several different sizes of craft paint brushes
  • 1 plastic drop cloth/table cover for painting
  • 1 can of NeverWet WaterProof Spray (to seal the paint from harsh weather)


Where Can You Get Your Supplies?

All of the supplies above can be found at your local Dollar Tree for, you guessed it, $1 plus tax. The only item that I can never find at the Dollar Tree was the pack of acrylic paints, which can be found at any store that sells crafts supplies, like Michael’s or even Walmart and Target.

Since I already have all of the supplies I need to create this project on-hand from my previous projects, it did not cost me anything extra except for the time and labor it took for me to create it. 

However, if you do not want to visit your local Dollar Tree for the aforementioned supplies, you can easily order them on Amazon and have them delivered right to your door, making it more convenient for you. 

Just click through on the highlighted links or click on any of the images below for the items you need.


If your kids are struggling to get back into the swing of a school routine, print out this Free Back To School Schedule to help everyone’s morning run smoothly.

You can read more about how to get your kids to get into a back to school routine here. 




  1. First, let’s make sure you have a flat surface to work on, preferably a table to avoid giving yourself back pain. 
  2. Next, let’s go ahead and cover your table with a plastic/vinyl sheet or even a tarp. 
  3. I went rogue and just sat on the floor, lol. I covered it with a tarp to make clean up quick and easy on myself. But, oh! My back! I should have sat at a table instead. #lessonlearned
  4. Set the blank rug on top of the tarp-covered surface. 
  5. Then, grab a jumbo stick of chalk and start free handing your design.
  6. The good thing about using chalk is that if you mess up, you can just rub it off with your hand and start over again, just like you would on a real chalkboard! :0
  7. This will be your template to work on as you go over your chalk lined design with a paintbrush.
  8. After you’ve settled on your chalk-drawn design, grab some different sized paintbrushes and fill in your designs with the acrylic paints.
  9. Let it dry overnight (and preferably outside so you don’t have to keep smelling the fumes from the paints), at least 8 hours.
  10. Finally, give it a good spray of NeverWet to seal in the paint and to keep your beautiful work of art from running off from the wet rainwater and harsh elements outside.
  11. Oai la, you are done! 
  12. Enjoy your beautifully decorated back to school doormat and send those kiddos off to school frugally and on a high note! 😉



For More Back To School Ideas, check out these posts below:

1.) First Day of School Signs 

2.) How To Get Your Kids Back On A School Schedule 

3.) Back To School Themed Crafts To Get Your Kids Excited For School

4.) Back To School Lunch Ideas To Fuel Up Your Kids


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