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Tired of having to clean up dirty footprints tracked into the house after being outside? Learn how to make an easy and inexpensive Outdoor Foot Washing Station below.
Outdoor Foot Washing Station
When I come into the house from the garden, I have to walk through the mudroom, the dining room, and around the bathroom with dirty feet to wash them off. I can’t tell you how often I’ve said I need something to wash my feet! I needed to be able to wash them off outside before I headed in and tracked dirt all around my house.
This little “rug” solves the problem by cleaning my feet before I enter the house. The water and the dirt slip through the cracks, so my feet get clean and dry before I head inside. I keep this handy foot rinse station by the door and can head right in after my feet are cleaned without making a mess. It also works well for little feet (or just little people in general!), especially those who love a good mud puddle. 🙂
This outdoor foot wash station is easy to make and very inexpensive! Just a few dollars for wood, and if you have leftover house paint, you are in business! Let’s make one!
Outdoor Foot Washing Station
What You Need:
- Outdoor Paint
- Heavy Duty Thin Rope (I used clothesline rope)
- Masking Tape
- 1″x2″ Boards (3 8 foot boards)
Start by cutting the boards into 12 pieces of the same length. My hubby cut these for me using a chop saw. We decided to make them 16 inches long.
If you don’t have a saw, you can ask the hardware store to cut the boards for you before you leave the store. When you purchase your wood there, they are usually willing to do this for you at no additional cost.
Line all of the boards up on their sides and mark them for the hole placements at the 3-inch, the 8-inch, and the 13th-inch marks.
Drill the holes at the marks on the sides of the boards using a drill and bit. You will need to make sure you use a drill bit that is able to make a hole large enough to put your rope through, so make sure you check it before you drill all the holes. Drill 3 holes in each board, along the marks.
Using exterior or outdoor paint, paint each of the boards in the colors desired. Make sure to use water-based (not oil-based) paint. Otherwise, they will take a long time to dry.
To save money, use leftover exterior house paints or check the clearance section of your local hardware store paint department. The fancy maroon metallic paint I used for this project was regularly $25 per quart. I found the same color in a slightly damaged can for just $1! It’s always worth checking.
Paint all the boards. You can paint them different colors, all the same color, or any combination of patterns that you want! Let the pieces dry.
Grab your rope and cut 3 long pieces. Tie a knot at the end of each piece and wrap some of the masking tape around the other end of each piece. (That will make it easier to get the rope through each hole in the boards.) Pull the rope through each board and tie a knot after each board.
Continue this until you string all of the boards together and tie a final knot at the end. Cut off any excess rope.
Repeat this for the 2nd and 3rd sets of holes in each board until you’ve tied the entire mat together.
Now it’s ready to use! Step up on the foot rinse station and use a hose to wash off your feet! The little feet next to mine have found another mud puddle, but at least we have our pretty washing station to get them clean before we walk into the house!
If you don’t need a foot-washing station, this mat still makes a fun little rug to put in front of any door. Use it to hold your dirty shoes, wipe your feet or just as a pretty decorative mat. It would also be great outside of a tent or RV to keep your floors clean and it rolls up and stores easily when traveling.
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This post on creating an Outdoor Foot Washing Station originally appeared on Little House Living in August 2014. It has been updated as of September 2023.