Piece it Together
If you've your shopped for a large area rug, you know sticker shock—it's what happens when you read the tag for a runner and then one for its room-size counterpart. A clever solution? Gather two or more small rugs and place them together with single-sided carpet seaming tape, just as A Beautiful Mess did.
If You Fancy Faux Fur
No animals were hurt in the making of this rug. In fact, Heather behind The Decor Fix crafted hers by drawing a zebra skin freehand on a large sheet of faux suede. The gold leafing from a acrylic paint and gel pens adds an extra luxe touch to this faux-fur design.
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Have a Ball
For a fun and cheery addition to any room—but definitely the playroom—string together a fuzzy floor covering out of felt balls, just like this project from CATHERINEGRACE. This soft rug is sure to make you pass on traditional seating for a spot on the floor.
Twist Up Some Tees
No need to run out to the store for your rug materials; instead, start by looking at the stockpile of clothes you've saved to donate. You can transform an excess of plain T-shirts into a DIYed rug by cutting them up into strips and using the slices as "yarn" in this crochet pattern from One Dog Woof.
Cut a Rug
For a crocheted look without learning the skill set, try your hands at a simpler weave. This project from A Beautiful Mess is another designed to use only what you already have on hand: a set of old bed sheets and a cardboard structure to hold the ends of your fabric strips while you weave. Don't worry if your fabric supply is rather eclectic; the colors and patterns will blend together beautifully in the final product.
Know the Ropes
In the store, sisal and jute rugs can run a pretty penny. But with a roll of rope and some creativity you can easily mimic the look on a much more affordable budget. Using rope and a plain mat as the base, Cami from the DIY-blog TIDBITS shares the tutorial for making this charming rug.
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Copy a Classic
On the occasion that you do find the perfect rug but it falls outside your budget, consider recreating the coveted design with a little fabric paint, just as Katie from Mountain Modern Life had. Just start with a plain, lower-cost rug or carpet remnant and stencil on your desired design to make it unrecognizable.
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What if we told you all you need to make a stylish and sturdy sisal rug is a whole lot of rope and glue? That's all that's used in this project from The Honeycomb Home . On a flat surface, coil the rope around itself, using dabs of hot glue to secure it. Continue round and round until you've hit your desired width.
Crochet A Clothesline
Put A Cork In It
Got a collection of wine corks building up in your kitchen? While you might need to ask friends and family for a few more, you can easily use the lightweight material to make your own rug. Crafty Nest has the tutorial for making this fairly straightforward—and inexpensive—rug for the bathroom.
A small DIY rug is an easy way to put your own unique stamp on your home design.
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