Rugs are more commonly used inside homes with hardwood floors but they look really great on any floor. A rug helps add character to a room or space. It can be the finishing touch or it could even be the focal point of the room.
The great thing about rugs is that they come in so many different styles, it makes it easier to choose one that perfectly suits the room you’re trying to style. Unfortunately, rugs can be pricey — especially the bigger ones. Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most creative DIY rug projects that anyone can do.
Check out the projects below to help you make a new rug today that can be for the living room, the bathroom, or even your backyard.
#1. Recreate this super awesome 8-bit Super Mario rug by crocheting a granny square for each pixel and then sewing them all together in the right shape.
Using this method, you can create any 8-bit character you want!
#2. Create a rug out of pom poms! The end result is so pretty that you can use it as a rug, a wall hanging, or a coffee table runner.
#3. Recreate this gorgeous plush, deep red heart-shaped crochet rug using a special loop stitch to create its unique texture.
#4. Make a cute bear rug out of faux fur fabric and use poly fill stuffing and knit fabric for the head.
#5. Make a rug out of basic knitting and/or crochet techniques and stuff a light in it to make it luminous.
#6. Create a rug out of your favorite fabric pattern by sewing your favorite fabric over upholstery fabric.
#7. Or you can sew plain fabric to a rubber grip backing and paint whatever print/pattern you want onto the rug!
#8. Recycle your old bed sheets and weave them together to get this rug.
#9. If you want the look of a rug for outside and have a concrete floor in your backyard, try just painting your own design onto the floor creating an illusion that there is a rug there.
#10. If you find a rug you really like at the store but they’re a little small for your liking, purchase two and sew them together to create one big rug.
#11. Choose the color scheme you want and recreate this big beautiful static lines woven rug out of cotton twine and jersey yarn.
#12. To make a pineapple mat, simply cut out the shapes and glue them together.
#13. Use a stencil to give a plain rug a new pattern.
#14. Or if you want to give a big plain rug a makeover, try using masking tape and a ruler to create big unique patterns.
#15. Repurpose old sheets of fabric, fabric remnants, and old clothing to crochet stitch this great circle rug.
#16. If you’re into zebra print, try recreating this rug out of metallic gold paint and two pieces of plain drop cloth.
#17. Cut circles out of cardboard and sew twine onto them by creating the individual pieces and then combine them all together to recreate this colorful rug.
#18. If you’re not good with sewing, don’t worry. You can use this braiding technique with some old t-shirts.
#19. If you’re into geometric shapes, try recreating this look by using painters tape and spray paint on a neutral colored rug.
#20. Make your very own shag rug out of yarn!
#21. Weave climbing rope together!
#22. Turn your favorite table cloth into a rug by attaching it to a rug pad base using spray adhesive and water based polyurethane.
#23. For this look all you need to do is sew a bunch of small rag rugs together.
It gives off bohemian vibes almost instantly.
Bonus: DIY Doormat Ideas!
Make your door pop with this wooden slat doormat in front of it.
Color each slat an individual color to make it stand out.
If you want to turn your doormat into fruit wedges, cut a circular doormat in half and paint over it!
Cut a doormat into a message bubble and spray paint whatever message you want to greet people with into the bubble afterwards.
If you strongly believe home is where the heart is, show that by painting a visual representation of it onto your doormat.
You can use any craft paint.
Create a hello/goodbye doormat that will greet you when you come home and wish you goodbye whenever you leave.
Create a doughnut mat out of a circle mat by cutting a small circle in the middle and some bite marks on the outer edge.
Use spray paint to paint the base and sprinkles afterwards.
Walk on Cloud 9 when you come home from a long day.
Cut any door mat into the shape of a cloud and paint the mat black afterwards followed by whatever pattern you like.
Recreate this fun doormat by spray-painting an entire mat in the vibrant color of your choice and paint the word “hello” with white acrylic paint.
If you have a leaky garden hose hanging around, turn it into this creative doormat by gluing it to a half circular mat as its base.
If you’re good at weaving, try weaving rope together to recreate this beautiful door mat that gives off nautical vibes.
Recreate these cute designs or create your own by simply stamping a plain doormat with a sponge and paint.
Recreate this unique doormat by smashing tile into little pieces and piecing it back together onto a mat.
If you’re going for a more modern aesthetic, try recreating this geometric pattern by splitting the mat 3 ways with painter’s tape and spray-painting each section a different color.
Use 2 wooden cedar boards and wood glue to recreate this super unique doormat that’ll look good in front of any home.
Turn your doormat into a pinpoint location by stenciling and spray-painting.
When Halloween season comes around, try making this cute spiderweb doormat by cutting the shape out of a half circle.
Recreate this fun yet elegant doormat by coiling rope into various spirals and hot-gluing them all together.
Create a doormat out of wooden pallets and paint over each board a different color for some added flare.
Twine rope together to recreate this look and place the word “ciao” in the middle that can act as both a “hello” or “goodbye.”
Recycle all your old plastic grocery bags by mending them all together to create one big doormat.
It’ll look great for either inside or outside the house.
Add some southern comfort to your front door by spray-painting the words “hey y’all” onto your doormat.
Personalize your doormat by painting you initial/monogram onto it!
Trace the letter you want onto the doormat and paint the letter afterwards.
Make this beach inspired doormat by gluing several pebbles/stones to a rectangular base.
This will look great in the bathroom or outside.
Paint leaves onto your doormat by using painter’s tape to create the outline and spray-painting with green afterwards.
To recreate this gorgeous look, use painter’s tape to outline and then spray-paint over the mat entirely in one color.
Remove the tape and voila!