DIY Projects That Started Out as Rugs And Became Something Else Entirely

DIY Projects That Started Out as Rugs And Became Something Else Entirely

Dabney Frake
Feb 22, 2016
(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

Rugs are a surprisingly good foundation for DIY projects and provide automatic shape, structure and texture upon which to build. Flat-woven ones in particular are pretty affordable, durable, and often jam-packed with graphic pattern. See what they’ve become in recent years at the hands of creative people.

As shown above, Use rugs as a stand-in for upholstery fabric and recover furniture, like this bedside bench from A Beautiful Mess.

(Image credit: Remington Avenue)

Above, secure some feathers around a round mat made of natural materials and you'll get a decorative juju hat facsimile like this one from Remington Avenue.

(Image credit: Made in a Day)

Using a rug as a base for fiber art saves a lot of time. Kim of Made in a Day showed us recently that the added fibers blend nicely with a store-bough inexpensive floor mat.

(Image credit: Martha Stewart)

Martha Stewart used striped rugs to create beach-y outdoor pillows for a bench.

(Image credit: Kristi Murphy)

This stuffed pouf ottoman from Kristi Murphy is durable and up to the task of support shoes.

(Image credit: Home Prose)

An IKEA Signe rug becomes a storage bin in the hands of Home Prose.

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