Tuesday 21 March 2017

Simple Doormat and Pin Board Tutorial

I saw some cork tags at the cheap shop a few days ago, and thought I'd do a simple tutorial. The cork tags came in two sizes, and the smaller one was the perfect size for a Sylvanian doormat.

Mini doormat tutorial 1

First cut the part of the tag that's sticking out. Try to get the edge as straight as possible.

Mini doormat tutorial 2

Use a sharpie/permanent marker to draw a design. I used a fine tipped marker for the details and a slightly larger one for the thicker parts. It's a bit tacky at first, but is fine after the ink dries completely. I'd still recommend not leaving the inked parts in contact with Sylvanian figures or plastic for an extended period of time to avoid staining. I just left the underside of my mat untouched so I can leave it safely on my cottage's doorstep.

Mini doormat tutorial 3

Be sure not to track mud into Mrs Fenton's house!

Mini pin board tutorial 1

The larger tags are a good size for a pin board. Like with the doormat, snip the edge of the tag off. For the first pin board, I used some decorative tape to line the edges.

Mini pin board tutorial 2

Tada!  A sweet finished board.

Mini pin board tutorial 3

The second board requires a little more effort. Measure and cut some strips of balsa wood, and glue them to the sides of the cork tag with super glue. I prefer the look of this board, personally.

Mini pin board tutorial 4

Stick some bits of paper and pictures to the board, and you have your very own Sylvanian notice boards!


  1. Very cute! Love the items on the pinboard too. My handwriting may be rather sloppy to decorate a door mat, wonder if some scrapbooking stamps might work too? Thanks, I really enjoyed seeing your projects!

    1. I'll update this post once I get my hands on some stamps. :D

  2. Oooh, very creative Pei :D I love the doormats you made, so funny text in artsy way! I have thin cork pieces, but I hadn't thought of a notice board.

  3. Well done! I'll have to be on the look out for these! What store were they in?

  4. Hello Pei,
    That is a terrific idea. Well done!
    Big hug

    1. Thank you Giac! <3 It's always great to see your comments.

  5. Super cute project! Your creativity knows no bounds!