DIY Painted Yoga Mat – How To

DIY Painted Yoga Mat - thesassylife

It’s the end of February! With the month coming to a close, I’ve been thinking more about my new year’s resolutions and how to put my plans into action. One of my super cliché resolutions includes working out and getting fit.

As most of us know, resolutions or personal goals can be easier said (or set) than done. In order to help motivate myself, lift my spirits, and make working out less boring, I came up with the idea to paint and customize my yoga mat.

“But you can buy a cute yoga mat at the store…right?” Not this one! And I have not seen any cute mats for a reasonable price.

My yoga mat was already a bright, hot pink; however, it was plain.

DIY Painted Yoga Mat – How To

DIY Painted Yoga Mat Supplies


  • Acrylic paint in the colors of your choice (glossy looks best!)
  • Yoga mat
  • Regular paint brushes
  • Mod podge

Optional Supplies

  • Quilter’s/Sewing marking pencil
  • Sponge paint brushes
  • Ruler
  • A design plan

Here is the design plan template. Please do not redistribute, sell, or alter design plan. 

Step 1. Set up your work area! I laid out an old bedsheet and placed my yoga mat on top.

DIY Painted Yoga Mat - Measuring

Step 2. Using a ruler and the marking pencil, transfer your design to your mat.

Step 3. Begin painting using the sponge brush. Using the sponge brush makes the painting process go much faster.

DIY Painted Yoga Mat - 1st Coat of Paint

Step 4. After the first layer has dried, go back and paint a second coat with the regular paint brush. The regular paint brush helps with details and filling in the cracks if your yoga mat is like mine.

Step 5. Clean up any of the pencil marking lines using a damp washcloth. I also used an eraser to help remove the stubborn lines.

Step 6. Seal the design with mod podge. This gives the design a finished look and helps protect your mat from the elements.


That’s it, all done! Time to get my booty to the gym!

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5 thoughts on “DIY Painted Yoga Mat – How To

    1. Hi Sharon! Sometimes the material of the yoga mat can cause this! I would try using a clear spray sealer to see if that helps. You can grab those at any art supply store or even Wal-Mart.

  1. Hello, I painted a beautiful yoga with crystal infused paint, and add the mod podge as a sealant but the mod podge is not drying leaving me with a very sticky mat. Do you know how to remove the modpodge from the mat or have any suggestions?

    I tried leaving it in a cooler place and it became less sticky, but its back to being sticky again, and I washed it twice with water and a cloth.

    Thank you!

    1. Oh no! I’m wondering how that happened! If you’re still unable to get the Mod Podge off, or if it is still sticky, I recommend using a clear acrylic sealer (a light coat!) over it to see what happens.

  2. I have not tried this yet , but I would think fabric paint should be used not standard acrylics. fabric paints are flexible and made to be in contact with the skin and be washable.

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