DIY Rustic Wood Doormat or Boot Tray Made from Wood Slices

It's no secret -  I have a thing for wood slices. This wood doormat project has been rattling around in my head forever. Luckily, the whole project very simple if you have access to free branches or if you are lucky enough to have a generous friend who brings you a giant bag of wood slices just because I asked. Thank you to my wood slice fairies! Finished shot of Wood Doormat boot tray made from wood slices sitting on a table

To make this Wood Doormat Boot Tray You will need:

  1. wood slices in a consistent height in varying widths (some cut in half for edging, some round)
  2. a base in the size you want your finished doormat to be
  3. wood glue.
Supplies to make wood doormat  - at the top full circle slices, to the left 1/2 circle slices, a flat board and wood glue Wood Doormat with edge pieces placed on the left side and bottom with wood glue sitting in the middle of the board and wood slices for the middle sitting to the sideWood Doormat after all edge pieces have been glued down I started with a scrap piece of wood I had left from a prior project. There are probably more ideal base materials (feel free to chime in here) but I had this laying around so that's what I used.  My wood doormat is 24 inches wide by 18 high but you could make this in any size that works for your space.  Then it was all a matter of finishing the worlds easiest jigsaw puzzle. Wood Doormat finished and waiting for glue to dry after all the pieces have been placed

How to make a Wood Doormat or Boot Tray out of wood slices

  1. Start by dry fitting the half circles around the edges until you have a good arrangement.
  2. Then use the wood glue to tack each one down. Allow a few minutes to dry before moving onto the inside arrangement.
  3. Once the edge pieces are firm, lay all of the larger wood slices randomly inside the frame, followed by smaller pieces and kept going until you are happy with the way it looks.
  4. Then pick each piece up in place, add a dollop of wood glue and keep going until it is done.  ( Pretty sure you really need to glue them all down since they hold each other in place pretty well but I like to live dangerously.)
Close up overhead photo of wood slice DIY Doormat holding 2 pairs of boots with room for moreOverhead shot of Wood Doormat Boot Tray  in a tiled hallwayWood Doormat Boot Tray on tiled floor holding two pairs of boots So there you have it a wood doormat that is a place to dry my boots that was easy to create and a pleasure to look at! You might also want to check out this DIY Wood Doormat made from slats with a handpainted sign on it.

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6 comments:

  1. I really like that!!

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  2. It's beautiful! Looks like the juniper branch trivets I bought in Helsinki last fall. (something like this http://www.finnstyle.com/juniper-trivet.html?gclid=CK_0r7i4o8MCFWgV7AodtUIA_g)

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  3. This looks awesome! Such a clever idea.

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  4. That looks awesome. I need a wood slice fairy! P.S. Love the boot umbrella stand!

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  5. Very nice! Did you make any drainage holes on the bottom? Just curious how it handles rainy/snowy boots.

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  6. I love this idea! I am going to try and make one that resembles yours with some tree branches from the house I grew up in. How tall did you make each one? 1 inch high or?
    Thank you in advance!

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