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How to Make a Cute Painted Ghost Halloween Doormat For $10!

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Make a super cute painted ghost Halloween doormat with a cheap coir mat, paint and a wood cut-out. The perfect way to greet trick or treaters!

Have you priced Halloween doormats lately? I fell in love with a few Halloween coir doormat designs at the craft store, but they were a little pricey for my thrifty budget.

Plus, I knew it was something I could make for a lot less. 🙂

I’ll share the simple step-by-step tutorial so you can make your own.

ghost diy halloween doormat on balcony

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Indoor Outdoor DIY Halloween Doormat

If you follow me on Facebook you know I have a slight obsession with all things ghost decor for Halloween this year.

I’m definitely more about cute Halloween decor rather than spooky Halloween decor.

Who knows how I’ll feel next year! Last year I went with a modern black and white Halloween theme.

happy halloween ghost doormat

Supplies Needed for Halloween Ghost Coir Doormat

coir doormat from walmart

Step 1. Paint the Ghosts on the Doormat

As I mentioned above, I used the xTool M1 to make a small ghost cut-out with 3 mm basswood plywood sheets.

wood ghost cut out using xtool m1

Read all the details about how I cut the ghost with the xTool M1 here.

ghost cut on wood

Place your white paint onto a paper plate or paint tray.

white paint on paper plate

Place the ghost cut out onto the doormat and use your paint brush to paint a couple of light coats.

painted ghosts with wood cut out from xtool m1

Quick tip: cut out ghosts on copy paper first and lay them on the rug to help with placement.

painting ghosts on doormat

You will need at least 2-3 coats of white paint. The coir material is very thick and textured so it will soak up the paint.

Press the brush into the coir to ensure the ghost is solid. You can go back and touch up the paint as needed.

Step 2. Repeat the process

Continue to cover the mat with the cute Halloween ghosts until you are happy with it.

Have fun with it and use your creativity to make it your own. Let dry overnight.

painted ghosts on doormat

Step 3. Add Ghost Eyes

Now it’s time to add ghost eyes. I used a black sharpie and added a couple of dots to each ghost.

adding eyes to ghosts on doormat

You can also follow the tutorial shown in my ghost painting, where I used black acrylic paint and the bottom of a paint brush.

I chose simple round eyes, but you can make spooky eyes, oval eyes or whatever style you like. Let dry.

Step 4. Spray with a clear sealer

If your doormat is going to be exposed to the elements, you want to ensure it is protected. One way to do that is to spray it with a clear sealer.

close up of ghosts on coir doormat

You will need about 2-3 coats of the sealer.

Step 6. Decorate with your new DIY Halloween Ghost Doormat!

I’m so happy with how this darling little ghost accent rug turned out.

It is just the right size to place in front of my balcony door.

It looks so cute next to the pumpkin Halloween milk can I made last year.

coir door mat for  Halloween

It’s the perfect coir doormat to complete your front door Halloween decor and the best part is it was made for under $10-less if you already have the paint.

You can’t beat that!

Halloween coir doormat

Do you see my adorable little cat, Nala in the door? She is eyeing those dried stems for sure!

Happy Halloween!

pottery barn inspired halloween doormat

If you prefer to buy your own Halloween accent rugs, I’ve found some cute ones below.

So what do you think? Are you going to give this easy ghost Halloween doormat a try?

If you do, please let me know in the comments below or tag me on Facebook or Instagram.

before and after ghost doormat

It totally makes my day to see that I inspired someone. 🙂


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diy coir Halloween ghost doormat

Have a great day and happy crafting!

diy ghost halloween doormat with ghost wood cut out from xtool m1

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