Okay y’all, this has to be one of my all time favorite DIY’s I’ve ever done. To me, a good DIY is determined by three things: cost effectiveness, level of difficulty, and outcome. I finished both of these rugs within a couple of hours–all while watching my favorite TV shows–and they are exactly what I wanted. Not to mention it cost me at least 1/6 the price of anything I could have bought like it! ONE SIXTH!! I’m giving myself a run for my money now! Haha 😂
These were my inspiration of the rug designs I wanted to have in both my living room, and my bedroom. What makes this project so inexpensive is that these carpets pieces are remnants! Remnants are leftover carpet that a carpet store sells at an extremely discounted price because they aren’t usually large enough to finish a room or space. Everything else I used was stuff I had around the house!
I got super lucky because I found a remnant that was twice the size of what I needed, and when I asked the employee there if I could cut it, they just gave me the whole thing at an even MORE discounted price! So I actually bought TWO rugs worth for $15!! What a steal. 🙌🏼
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What you’ll need:
- Carpet Remnant from a local carpet store
- Utility Knife/Box Cutter – I LOVE my Dewalt Utility knife. I’ve had a few different kinds, and this one is definitely the best one I’ve had.
- Duct Tape – this is the kind that I used.
- A Ruler/Yardstick
- A Marker – I used both an Expo marker and a fat Sharpie. The Sharpie is much darker, so depends on the look you’re going for, but both worked great, and they’ve held up to spills, and vacuuming for the last month and a half.
Step 1: Roll out your remnant, determine the size of rug you want, mark it (if you need to) and cut the excess off with the utility knife!
Step 2: Cut off all the frayed edges to a nice crisp edge with your scissors. I found that fabric scissors worked best, but whatever you have will work.
Step 3: Take your duct tape and tape around the edges on the back side of your remnant. Leave about 1/4″ excess at the edges, so you can wrap the rough edge a little bit as well. In the corners, I just cut a 45º triangle so the tape would meet nicely together, but you don’t have to do that if you don’t want to.
Step 4: Flip it over to the front side and you’ve got yourself a rug! Now it’s time for the fun part! For my simple diamond design, I measured out four sections on each side, and pinned a string across the rug to the ends as my guide. After that, I just used my ruler to trace diagonal lines within my boxes! Suuuuper easy!
And there you have it! This is such a doable project. I firmly believe ANYONE could do this. Crafty, or not. It’s such a simple way to tie together a space (especially in a place like mine where our rental carpet is not doing my decor any favors), and incredibly cost effective. I’d love to see what you all do with this! À bientôt!