Outdoor Wood Doormat

1-2 hours

Store your dirty shoes while you keep your floors clean

Caring for Annuals

Build your own decorative and sturdy doormat to protect your floors with just a few pieces of wood and rope.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Measure and mark the wood
Measure and mark the wood - Outdoor Wood Doormat

Measure and mark the eight 36 x 2 x 2-inch balusters exactly halfway through, so each baluster will be cut into two 18-inch pieces.

2
Cut the balusters
Cut the balusters - Outdoor Wood Doormat

• Cut the balusters you just marked using the circular saw to obtain a total of 16 18-inch sections.
• See this cut diagram for details.

3
Cut the rope
Cut the rope - Outdoor Wood Doormat

Measure and cut two 80-inch-long pieces of rope.

4
Sand and paint
Sand and paint - Outdoor Wood Doormat

• Sand the rough edges of the cut wood, then paint, stain or seal all wood pieces.
• Let dry.

5
Measure and mark drilling holes
Measure and mark drilling holes - Outdoor Wood Doormat

Measure in 1 inch from both ends of all 16 wood sections and mark with a pencil.

6
Drill all holes
Drill all holes - Outdoor Wood Doormat

Using a 3/8-inch drill bit, drill holes through the balusters along each mark you just made.

7
Thread rope and tie knots
Thread rope and tie knots - Outdoor Wood Doormat

Tip: Wrap the end of the rope with a piece of tape to make it easier to thread.

• Tie a knot at one end of one of the pieces of rope. Thread the other end of the rope through a hole at one end of one of the baluster sections and tie another knot.
• Continue threading the rope through the holes of all remaining wooden pieces, tying knots between each section.
• With the second piece of rope, repeat knotting and threading through the holes on the other side of the sections.

8
Clean up the mat
Clean up the mat - Outdoor Wood Doormat

Cut any excess rope off both sides after the final knot has been tied.