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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make Your Own Rug


When laid over floors or mounted on walls, area rugs imbue living spaces with warmth, style, and comfort. If you're struggling to find a rug that perfectly suits the challenging color scheme you've chosen-or if your budget leaves little room for such nonessential decorative accents-don't be discouraged! The fact is, you have virtually limitless options, bounded only by the margins of your creative thinking. In just a weekend, you can weave, paint, recycle, or knit your way to a DIY rug, be it solid-colored or geometrically patterned, compact or generously sized. Scroll down to see five favorite DIY rug projects to inspire yours!

1. PAINT A PATTERN

Use paint to transform a plain-Jane piece into something noteworthy: a custom-designed DIY rug. Simply apply painter's tape to mark off the borders, then coat on your chosen colors with a paint roller. Although you can achieve elaborate designs, easy-to-do stripes make a striking, hard-to-forget visual impression.

2. CUT A RUG

For this DIY rug, you start with a set of bound-together carpet tiles (use either a single color or a robust mix of your favorites). Then, working with a precision-cutting utility knife, proceed to slice away portions of the carpeting until you are left with a design that tickles your fancy. Angular or curvilinear? It's all up to you.

3. ARRANGE A PATCHWORK

Here's an ingenious DIY rug idea that you can realize for $20 or less. You know those carpet samples available at retail stores, either for free or a few bucks apiece? Bring home about a dozen, then use hot glue and carpet-seaming tape to bind them together. Guests are destined to be wowed by your DIY rug's creation story!

4. CONVERT A CLOTH

You won't believe how quickly a tablecloth converts into a DIY rug! The process involves only two steps: Apply polyurethane to the top and then use spray adhesive to attach a rug pad on the bottom. That's how effortlessly you can make a bold decor statement with a modest investment of time and money.

5. LIGHT UP A ROOM

Dust off your sewing skills to create a luminous DIY rug that will make any room glow from the ground up. Here, LED rope lights are patiently crocheted into a circle of thick yarn. For your efforts, you will be rewarded with a one-of-a-kind floor covering that your envious visitors will wish they could buy from a store.