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Plank-Style Welcome Mat

Send a welcome greeting and a fond farewell with this easy-to-make mat.

Welcome mat with “hello” and “goodbye.”

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Miter saw
  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Painter’s tape
  • 150-grit sanding sponge


  • Titebond III waterproof wood glue, #627
  • 2 – 1 x 4 x 96 cedar boards
  • .46875 x 24 x 48 pine plywood
  • Adhesive-back shelf paper
  • Valspar satin spray paint, Nautical
  • Olympic solid-color stain tinted Dazzle, #4005-10C

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Step 1

Sand planks and round over edges.

From the 1 x 4 boards, cut six pieces 22 inches long. Sand the edges, ends, and top faces smooth. Slightly round over the corners. Then paint or stain the top, sides, and end -- but not the underside -- the color of your choice (Dazzle stain shown).

Step 2

Lay the plywood on a flat work surface. Apply wood glue to the back face of a sanded plank and align it over the plywood with the plank end against one plywood edge and the plank edge along the adjoining plywood edge (Plank-Style Mat Project Diagram). Clamp it in place and allow the glue to dry for an hour. Glue and clamp the second plank in place with its edge tight against the first one. Repeat for the remaining four planks.

Step 3

Cut the plywood to fit the planks.

With your circular saw unplugged and upside down, measure from the side of the blade to the edge of the base (usually the edge that’s underneath the saw motor). Clamp a straight board that distance from the outside edge of the plank next to the surplus plywood. Then cut the plywood to width. Repeat to cut the plywood to length.

Step 4

Apply two coats of paint or stain (Dazzle stain shown) to the plywood, including the underside. Let the final coat dry overnight.

Step 5

Download the Hello-Goodbye Stencil and print a copy on 11-in x 17-in paper. Tape the paper copy centered on the top of a piece of shelf liner and use a utility knife to cut out the letters.

Step 6

Use the main and stencil colors on this wooden entry mat to complement your home’s exterior trim. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Tape the stencil to the mat with the letters centered on the width of an outside plank. Mask off the remaining top of the mat and spray two coats of paint (Nautical shown) over the stencil. Remove the stencil and allow to dry. Repeat for the lettering on the other edge of the mat.

Good to Know

If you use brush-on paint instead of spray paint, dab on paint with a mostly dry brush, taking care to avoid forcing paint beneath the edges of the letters.