How to make a Plank Door Mat!

posted on April 6, 2013 by  |  posted under Cleaning, Crafting, Decorating, Easter/Spring  |  48 Comments

How to make a Plank Door Mat!

How to make a Wood Plank Door Mathow-to-make-a-plank-door-mat

I think this post is a ‘deja vu’ of the chore chart for multiple kids post.

Hello L…O…N…G……post.

BUT I promise to give you an intermission.

It will be worth the ticket price!


I think only a handful of people would get excited about seeing a pile of old wood behind their shed.  Ummm… one of them would be me.

I will only pick up the wood in the winter when all the spiders are dead or long gone.  I haTe spiderS! {{Serious Drama}}


These spike’y’ wood plank  ‘treasures’ measured over 44 inches.   A total of 7 planks were used.


If you need a post on how to use a miter saw…you’ve come to the right show. Here is the link to take you there!


Chop the tips off and chop the planks in half… leaving 14 planks.

They were all about 22 inches long.

They are looking a bit better after the chopping.  They still have a bit of ‘stuff’ on them though.


The ends shown here…I see trash although if I sent them over to Beckie at Infarently Creative…she’d make something completely awesome with them!


Oh, remove all nails and staples{{this would be a reminder to me}}.  They don’t do well on the sander {{hello…sparks}}!

how-to-make-a-plank-door-matEnter in: Beautiful power sander.

I love you! {{Imagine angelic music in the back ground}}

You make my life so much easier and help me get my projects done a LOT quicker! alison princeI know I am in heels picking up wood, cutting and  sanding wood.

You’ll also notice that my pants are way too short for these heels.  Just ignore that part. {{Major floods}}

It’s to point out that this project is really super easy and you won’t get all you happen to find old planks you will need to sand off the goobers, spider webs (yuck), and the slivers.

You can pick up new planks at the hardware store if you can’t find the gold mine like mine {{ha!}}

If you want to stain these, now would be the time.

Take your planks and stand them on the sides.  Side by side.  Take a quarter inch drill bit and run 3 holes per plank.  I did one hole in the center and the other two holes about 3 inches from the ends.


I forgot to take a picture of all the holes drilled so you’d know what it looked like.  So I drew one for you.  I know the picture is wonderful.   The evenly spaced lines, the same sized holes, and the elegance of a photoshop picture.

…I really need to take a photoshop class.  Do you see the random hole?

Or how about the 2 holes in the same place.  I couldn’t get the erase tool to work.  Anyway, I hope it helps you picture what I am talking about:)how-to-make-a-plank-door-mat

Intermission time:

Halloween you ask?

Nope, we are headed to Costco in January!

They told me I could only call them Buzz and Woody.  I was not mom either…I was Jessie.

Hummm…I guess you pick your battles as parents.

I was okay with Jessie {{at least it was not Zurg!}}


Back to the show…how-to-make-a-plank-door-matI used twine to bind these planks together.

Cut three to four long strips of twine and tape the ends.  It makes them easier to thread through.

how-to-make-a-plank-door-matTie a knot with the other end.

how-to-make-a-plank-door-matPush the first twine bunch through the top hole.  Then do the second and third hole.

If you thread one plank {{with all three threads}} it will make it easier.

how-to-make-a-plank-door-matPull it all the way through and then tie a knot.

This allows for a little space for all the water drips to go through.


Keep going with all 14 planks.

When you are done tie off the ends with at double knot.

how-to-make-a-plank-door-matDone!  A wood plank door mat that will help dry off the boots!

Is it the boots that make this picture so darn cute?

Now my ‘Buzz’ will have dry boots after he stomps in all the puddles he can find.


How to make a Plank Door Mat!

Happy wood searching!

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    1. January 31st, 2011 at 8:22 am
      Jill says:
      That is so fun. I love how easy it is and really like the 'intermission.' I'm off to look for wood! Thank you
    2. January 31st, 2011 at 9:37 am
      Missy says:
      Oh. My. Holy. Cute. Kids. You are KILLING me!!! I miss Buzz and Woody. Lovin the boot dripper, fun idea and your pictures... you are pro!!
    3. January 31st, 2011 at 9:51 am
      Jen says:
      How did you make it through Costco with those boys? Did you get stopped a million times? They are adorable! I can't believe how big Lucas is! Miss ya! Great idea, by the way, but I'm not gonna lie...I'm never gonna make it ;)
      • January 31st, 2011 at 5:55 pm
        Ali says:
        Hahaha! Jen you kill me! I love your honesty. I think it might add to the beachyness of my house, what do you think? Great idea Alison. I too LOVE Wody and Buzz! Miss you all!
        • February 2nd, 2011 at 9:57 pm
          Alison says:
 and Ali plan a trip down and we will work on a big one for Ali. Oh wait...Jen how about you just bring the cookies and Ali and I will make one:)
    4. January 31st, 2011 at 10:10 am
      Shelley says:
      Really, Alison. HOW do you come up with this stuff!? This is super adorable, and I LOVE all the pictures. The green boots make me smile. :)
    5. January 31st, 2011 at 10:52 am
      Angie Smith says:
      The boot dripper is fantastic, but Buzz and Woddy totally stole the show! :) Oh I love things like that...being a mommy (or Jessie at times ;)) is the best!
    6. January 31st, 2011 at 11:26 am
      Annie says:
      I love it... That is so cute :)
    7. January 31st, 2011 at 12:41 pm
      Alysha says:
      Those rain boots are A-dorable. You are so darn creative, I would've never got past the spidery wood planks. :)
    8. January 31st, 2011 at 2:34 pm
      Brenda says:
      Love this project!

      Also, in PS you could have just made one and copy and pasted them next to each other! It would have been much easier. And also if you are using the circle tool, hold down shift to make a perfect circle rather than an oval. :-)
    9. January 31st, 2011 at 2:46 pm
      Bobbi says:
      This is SMRT smart! ;) I want to dig around behind MY shed to see what I can find. On second I'll go to the lumber yard and see what I can find THERE. This is such a simple project that is so CUTE and USEFUL! Thanks for sharing!

      And I'm happy to see that parents of boys deal with the same things. My four girls have left the house dressed as princesses more times than I care to count :)
    10. January 31st, 2011 at 3:11 pm
      Stacey Alexander says:
      LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! Now I just need some wood, and some tools!
    11. January 31st, 2011 at 3:11 pm
      Stacey Alexander says:
      LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! Now I just need some wood, and some tools!
    12. January 31st, 2011 at 3:37 pm
      Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) says:
      Love it! Ingenious. Thanks for sharing.

    13. January 31st, 2011 at 6:14 pm
      Joy says:
      The best part about this project is that you are completing it in high heel boots! Super cute!
    14. January 31st, 2011 at 6:50 pm
      Randi says:
      I really, really LOVE that. Do the kids ever trip on it when they're walking in? Or do I just have really klutzy kids?
      • February 2nd, 2011 at 9:55 pm
        Alison says:
        SO far so tripping yet for the kids, but my husband on the other hand does not have a clean record!
    15. January 31st, 2011 at 11:07 pm
      Kirsten says:
      We have those same boots!!! I love this project... dying to find some old wood pieces lying around!
    16. February 2nd, 2011 at 12:58 pm
      Maren says:
      I love this!
    17. February 4th, 2011 at 8:23 pm
      Tommi says:
      LOVED it!! fun to read too!! Thanx!!
    18. February 6th, 2011 at 2:12 pm
      Becca dulgarian @ Blue Cricket Design says:
      Alison! I love, adore and swoon over this project! I'll be featuring it this week on Thursday on BCD! Thanks for linking!
      • February 7th, 2011 at 10:07 am
        Alison says:
        YAY! Thanks Becca!!!
    19. February 8th, 2011 at 4:39 pm
      Rachel says:
      What a great idea! I love that you can just hang it up and spray it clean. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.
    20. March 1st, 2011 at 6:45 pm
      Lauren Adeline says:
      I just saw your project on Apartment Therapy. This is such a great idea! I love the end was so well done. Thanks for sharing!
    21. March 28th, 2011 at 9:11 pm
      Tracey Marzich says:
      I really like this idea. How is the mat holding up to wear and tear? Would painted wood work well do you think?
    22. March 29th, 2011 at 1:58 pm
      Tiffany says:
      adorable!! We burned our old wood...Clearly I am not nearly as inventive as you are! ;)

      Thanks for sharing.
    23. May 13th, 2011 at 1:15 pm
      amanda watkins says:
      We have wood scraps EVERYWHERE.. I can never part with them. We have MANY pairs of boots around & never enough mats to keep them. I love this, going to tackle it today. :) Thanks for sharing!!!
    24. May 15th, 2011 at 2:53 pm
      Hannah says:
      OMG Allison, I didn't know youe hated spiders.
      I have arachnophobia too, don't worry, i'm not making fun of you.
    25. May 23rd, 2011 at 10:40 am
      Michelle Paige says:
      LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing all the steps. I totally want to make one!
    26. May 23rd, 2011 at 10:54 am
      M says:
      WOW!! That is impressive. I love it.
    27. May 25th, 2011 at 12:24 pm
      Stephanie Hillberry says:
      I love the classic appeal of wood, and always seem to overlook the power of good first impression (like at the front door, for instance, where I currently have the world's dirtiest mat). What a great project.

      Furthermore, I'm so impressed by your photography and the overall professionalism of your site. Well done! Wishing you lots of success!

      Stephanie from Deviantly Domesticated
    28. June 12th, 2011 at 11:31 pm
      stumbleaddict says:
      I saw this a while ago, and loved the idea. I'm trying to figure out how to use the same concept as a canvas for my bedroom decor. I think I'll use the same technique, minus the twine and add some strips of wood to the back to hold it all together. Thanks for the inspirations!
    29. July 27th, 2011 at 9:51 pm
      Jodi says:
      Thank you so much for such a great, creative and fabulous idea! I can't wait to make one!
    30. November 4th, 2012 at 3:42 pm
      Lisa says:
      I love intermission! Lordy they are cute! Oh... the mat rocks too, I'm totally making one.
    31. April 6th, 2013 at 3:07 pm
      PiperPixieDesigns says:
      I actually have almost everything here to make this, I'm looking at it right now. We have a beach house in Pismo that this would be great for in the sand room;)
    32. April 7th, 2013 at 7:55 pm
      Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:
      My mom and dad have a bunch of these in their sauna and changing room. They really do a good job of keeping sand off of feet since they live on the beach!

      Thanks for the tutorial!
    33. April 8th, 2013 at 11:28 pm
      Rachel says:
      Yes yes yes yes yes. I love this.
    34. April 10th, 2013 at 9:02 am
      Ashley says:
      It's gorgeous, thanks for the great tutorial. I was just wondering, is it super slippery when it gets wet on a rainy day?
    35. July 3rd, 2014 at 7:41 pm
      Kristi says:
      I am SO in love with the rustic look of this! Sharing it tomorrow morning in a round up of my favorite Summer projects. Please swing by to check it out at Wishing you all SUCH a lovely long weekend!!!
    36. May 3rd, 2015 at 8:29 pm
      Crystal says:
      this is just AWESOME! In all my quests for DIY projects, I've never seen this one and it is definitely one of my easy, unique and inexpensive (although it doesn't look it!). Thank you for sharing with us! I'm making this next weekend!!
    37. May 13th, 2015 at 8:49 pm
      Wendy Himongala says:
      Great project! I loved reading your little comments... Funny and cute!
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