Rugs are staples in every home. It is a functional yet affordable way to spice up your room. There is no need for you to install expensive carpets to get the feel and look you are aiming for in a room. A simple braided rug can go a long way.
Braided rugs come in different shapes and sizes. One popular version is the oval rug. This is one of the easiest shapes to make for this kind of rug, yet it is able to serve is purpose and add livens up the room.
To know how to create your own oval braided rug, simply read and follow the instructions below.
Materials you will need:
- Fabric – Pick colors that best fit the mood you want for your room. At least three different colors will create a nice pattern
- Carpet padding
- Pair of scissors
- Silicone adhesive
- Prepare your materials. In a flat surface, line all of your materials to make sure you have everything you need.
- Make your padding. Using a marker, draw an oval on the carpet padding. The size should be the same size you want for your rug. Cut the shape using your scissors.
- Tear the fabric. Cut or tear your fabric into long strips about 3 to 4 inches in width. Make sure that cut them in about the same width and length.
- Create a pattern. Get 3 fabrics of different colors and hold them on their ends. Braid the fabric strips together. When you are almost reaching the end of the strips, get new strips and place it on top of the former. Continue braiding until you are able to create a long rope. The desired length of the rope will depend on the size of the oval you have cut previously and how tight you want your carpet pad to wind up.
- Stick your braided rug. Spread silicone adhesive on the center of the carpet padding. Stick one end of the rope on the center. Keep holding it in place for a few seconds or until you feel that the rope starts to adhere. Carefully wind the braided rope around the center in an oval manner until you reach the edge. Keep spreading adhesive as you go along. Remember to press the rope down as you wind it to let it stick more firmly to the padding.
- Let it dry. Cut off any excess rope once you reach the edge. Glue the end of the ripe underneath the padding. Keep the rug on a flat surface and let it dry for several hours.
The materials for this project are very easy to find. If you do not have
them at home, you can easily find them on craft stores. To further save
on the cost, you can use fabric from old blankets, curtains or bedding.
For the padding, ask carpet stores if they have loose or leftover
pieces of pads that you can use.
Keep in mind that you should not wash the rug right after you placed the
adhesive. Allow 2-3 days for it to completely dry before washing, or
else, the adhesive will fail.