We’ve been looking for some doormats to use in our holiday cottage but they were all kinda the boring and the rubber one we’d bought before didn’t really do a good job of keeping the beach sand out. The other problem was the width of the double patio door. We could find small doormats but we needed something a little wider on the patio. Long story short, we decided to make our own doormat using some astro turf aka fake grass.
The fake grass has a thick, non-slip backing that helps keep the mat in place and the grassy texture is perfect for trapping beach sand. I’m thinking it should also be pretty weather-resistant too. Hey, it’s fake grass, lol!! I can also cut the grass to any size. So we made this small one for our front door and I plan on making one that’s a little longer for the double patio doors upstairs.
Making the doormat was pretty easy and didn’t cost a lot. All you need is a strip of astro turf about 40 cm wide (about 16″) and a ball of twine.
To make the doormat, cut the astro turf to fit the width of the doorway and poke holes at regular intervals all around the outside edge with a skewer or sharp stick. Cut the twine into 16 cm (6″) strips and thread the strips into each hole in the astro turf. I put three strips into each hole, but you can add as many as you want to.
Knot the strips together to form a fringe and repeat, again, and again. It’s a bit boring and tedious, so you probably want to grab a glass of wine or a beer while you do it.
The smaller doormat took about an hour and a half to make, including getting the beers from the fridge once or twice, so that’s not too bad and Lulu seems to like the finished product.
Now I don’t need to haul out the vacuum cleaner every time we come back from the beach. Yay!! And I think I’m going to buy myself a crochet needle for the longer doormat else I might end up drinking way to much beer 8) Have you ever made your own doormat? How did you do it?