She Irons A Drop Cloth To Craft A Household Item I Didn't Know I Could Make
Christina Caldwell 9/21/2017
Rugs can be expensive, but with a little bit of creativity and time, you can create your own rug on-the-cheap. And they look so chic, you'd never know they were handmade!
Project 1: Simple Drop Cloth Rug
Using a canvas drop cloth, latex paint, spray adhesive and painter's tape, blogger We Lived Happily Ever After created a super cute rug for next to free. First, she washed, dried and ironed her 6 x 9 piece of canvas to pre-shrink it and made the white color even brighter. Then she ironed it to have an extra flat surface to work with.
Primp And Prep
Once your canvas drop cloth is perfectly ironed, give it a healthy dose of spray adhesive. Once fully coated, have a family member help you fold over the canvas so it meets the opposite end, forming a thicker, double-sided texture. Make sure those ends are even with each other, because this step gives the rug its finished look. If you have a sewing machine on hand, you can also reinforce the ends by sewing them together.
Plot Your Pattern
Using painter's tape, draw out your pattern. We Lived Happily Ever After detailed how to create her very en vogue chevron print, but you can use whatever pattern you like!
Paint It Pretty
Using the latex paint color of your choice, paint away at the pattern on every other section. (Pro tip: Be sure to stick an extra notch of tape on the sections that don't need paint to easily identify them as you're painting.)
Peel And Reveal
Once the paint is dry, peel away your tape.
Show It Off
When you're done, you'll have a statement piece that you're proud to say you DIYed.
Project 2: Quick Tablecloth Rug
To create your own super quick table cloth rug, you'll need a round cotton tablecloth with a visually interesting pattern, water-based polyurethane, a rug pad, a foam roller and spray adhesive.
On A Roll
First, you'll want to iron out your tablecloth to get out any wrinkles. Then, set it on a clean surface and roll on the polyurethane. This will form a protective layer on your rug. Let it dry, then move onto the next step.
Flip your dry tablecloth over and place your rug pad on top. With a marker, trace the size of the tablecloth onto the rug pad. Using scissors, cut your rug pad to size, being sure not cut the rug pad larger than the size of the tablecloth. We don't want any excess hanging off!
All Together Now
Next, using your spray adhesive, affix the rug pad to the bottom of the tablecloth. Be careful to iron out any lumps and bumps that might happen along the way.
Find Its Place
Find the perfect place for your new rug in your home. See? We told you this one was easy!
Project 3: Custom Paint A Rug
Why buy new when you probably already have the materials to revamp an old rug? Using a clean, plain rug, a stencil, a roller brush, a paintbrush and chalk paint, you can get an all-new look with all-old materials.
Mix Up Your Paint
For this project, you don't want to put the paint on as is. You'll need to dilute it with a 1 to 1 ratio of paint and water to prevent crusty, crunchy chalkboard paint from ruining your rug. Once you have the texture right, it's time to move onto the next step.
Stencil It On
Using the stencil of your choice, roll the paint onto your rug, being sure to cover each corner of the stencil's design.
Step Back And Admire
Once you're done stenciling, you have an all-new rug! Let it dry before placing it as the centerpiece to your room.
With so many cute ideas for DIY rugs, you'll never need to overspend again. Be creative, because these rugs will spice up any room.