How To Make an Easy Wall Tapestry (from an Accent Rug!)

How To Make an Easy Wall Tapestry (from an Accent Rug!)

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Dabney Frake
Apr 21, 2015
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Here's a great tutorial from one of our readers who made this on-trend hanging tapestry from a store-bought rug. It's a great shortcut to DIY decor that won't leave you weaving for days.

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What You Need

Materials

  • Handwoven accent rug (from Target. See similar version here.)
  • Jute twine
  • 1 Gold cafe rod
  • 30ft Rope
  • 2 Skeins chunky yarn

Tools

  • 5.50 1/9 crochet hook
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Heavy duty scissors,

Instructions

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1. Cut one end of the rug off and unravel 7-8 inches up. Set the black chenille that you pulled off aside for a moment. This will leave a thin fringe layer on the bottom of the tapestry. Tie the newly hanging fringe in a double knot every inch or so across the edge to keep the rug from unraveling further. Add a heavy line of hot glue across the bottom edge above the fringe to strengthen and keep the rug from unraveling even further.

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2. Next you will add layers of fringe in both the yarn and the jute. Take the blue chenille you pulled off of the rug and cut 14+ inch strips. Then reattach it to the rug using a simple Larks Head knot. (If you run out of chenille you took from the rug, start using your new yarn instead.)

3. Repeat this knot in patterns all over your rug, using both the chenille/yarn and unraveled sections of new rope. If you want to use the same design see here, head over to Made in a Day for charts on how to arrange the layers of new fringe. Or, experiment with your own design!

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4. When you have added the fringe, trim the edges in a diagonal pattern (or however you choose.

5. To hang the tapestry, rip out the seam of the folded band edge on one end of the rug. Unroll the edge, folded it over once (big enough so the cafe rod will fit inside) and then hot glue the edge back down to the back of the rug.

Tip: If your rug does not have a band, just fold over the edge of the rug and hot glue.

5. Add the cafe rod, cut a long piece of jute twine and tie it to each end. Hang it up!

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Many thanks to Kim from Made in a Day for sharing. There are lots more photos and details over on her site, so head over there for more help!

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