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How To Make A Rug.

So ya’ll know that sometimes I get these ideas.  And these ideas kind of grow until they have a life of their own.  And once they grow to that size there is just no stopping them.

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Such was the case with the rug in my living room.

This was my perfect rug.  Zebra, Gray, Not to jaggedy, Big stripes, 5×8 and only $600.00 Son-of-a.  Good bye perfect rug.

 

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So I decided to make my own.  I got 2 rugs.  The 5×8 white one is from Home Depot ($77.00) the 4×7 gray one is from Walmart ($19.00) *Note:  If you use 2 that are the same size you can technically make 2 rugs.

 

Oh and you will see my house progressively get messier as the pics go on…nice.

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I unrolled the white one face down and drew on the back where I wanted my stripes.

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The I used a box cutter with a new blade (it has to be sharp…it makes it SOOOO much easier) and cut out my pieces.  I actually did this with the second rug underneath and the razor on the shortest settings so I didn’t ruin my wood floors.

 

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Then I laid my “patterns” on the second rug

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And traced them out.

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Then using my box cutter I cut them out.  This time I did it in my daughters room on her carpet…you know, cause of my floors.

 

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Then you start piecing it together.

The tape that I used is pressure sensitive seaming tape.  If you are using the same pile height of carpet you *may* be able to use normal carpet tape that you melt the glue with a seaming iron BUT I would recommend this so much.  It is soooo sticky and lets face it.  I am not an exact person so even though my lines weren’t perfect everywhere it still worked.  You can only buy it at specialty carpet supply stores, the one I bought mine at in St. George is GS Distributing. The brand is Orcon,  it was about $6.00 a box and I used 5.

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I actually found about 1/2 way through that it was easier to tape it from the back so that is what I am going to show you. That way you can trim where it overlaps.  Like the pic below.

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Then you tape over it.

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I am sure you are wondering about binding it.  I just made sure that each of the pieces that touched an edge had binding on them, ( I didn’t cut them out of the middle of the rug) and it lined up pretty great.

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Oh and this is what the back looked like when it was all done:

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Not so cute.  But no one is going to see that….

I love it.  The total cost was $119.00 and about 4 hours.

 

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Let me know if you have any questions!!

 

UPDATE 2/19/11

Just to answer a few questions!  The finished rug size is 5×8.

If I had 2 rugs that were the same size to begin with then I would have 2 rugs.  I couldn’t find the right gray in a 5×8 so that is why I bought a 4×7.  BUT if you can find what you want in the same size totally do it!  Its like 2 rugs for the price of 1! Or you and a girlfriend could each buy a rug and do them together….

As far as durability,  I am sure that there will be some shedding since it isn’t seamed *perfectly* everywhere. But my plan is if it starts to fray really bad,  to put a line of hot glue along the edge to seal it. (after I trim all of the threads etc.)

There was also a wonderful suggestion to glue the back of it to a drop cloth.  On Monday I am going to find out what the best adhesive to do that would be and I will let you guys know how it goes!

Love Your Guts

The Lettered Cottage

224 Comments

  • Libby 18.02.2011 at 21:38

    Awesome job! Looks fantastic :)

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  • Kate 18.02.2011 at 21:40

    OMG! that is awesome. I was honestly really scared at first, but it looks so good!

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  • Kat Randall 18.02.2011 at 21:41

    Amazing! I have always had a special place in my heart and home for zebra print, really fantastic! I may have to try!

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  • Shawna 18.02.2011 at 21:41

    That is incredible!! You amaze me.

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  • Hollie 18.02.2011 at 21:44

    Um…..I LOVE your living room. Everything about it!!!! You are seriously talented!

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  • NicoleLynn 18.02.2011 at 21:46

    { OMG! Amazing! LOVE!! }

    Makes me want to go out and do it now!

    Normally I can think outside the box very well…however would have never thought of this one! :)
    Great Job!

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  • Teri 18.02.2011 at 21:46

    You are brilliant. Seriously. Holy crap. Brilliant.

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  • Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com 18.02.2011 at 21:46

    Wow – that is so awesome. It looks great. Very creative!!

    xoxo
    Jen

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  • Gentri 18.02.2011 at 21:47

    Wow. Can you stop being so amazing?! (Not really, because I love it) And can you look at how amazing your living room turned out? I LOOOOOOOOVE it!!

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  • Lois@frugaldecormom 18.02.2011 at 21:48

    No one would have ever known it wasn’t the real thing! It’s super awesome! Love your go get em attitude!

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  • Sawdust and Paperscraps 18.02.2011 at 21:49

    Fantastic is right! That is awesome. Such vision!

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  • Meg and Mum's 18.02.2011 at 21:49

    Incredible! How inspiring! I really love it :)

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  • Amy 18.02.2011 at 21:53

    OH MY GOSH !!!
    This is so amazing that I’m in a kind of horrified state of happy shock. This is CRAZY good, I love it!!!!

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  • Mrs.B 18.02.2011 at 21:54

    That’s really awesome! LOVE IT!

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  • Lisa | Her Beautiful Mess 18.02.2011 at 21:55

    what the!??!?! huh? you made that? the room is spinning…i can’t breathe. That is AMAZING! Seriously, I never would have thought of that and even if I did…I don’t think I could pull it off like that! oh and i might copy your wall art…if I do…I’ll let you know!

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  • heartofacountryhome 18.02.2011 at 21:55

    Awesome! love it.

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  • Amy 18.02.2011 at 22:01

    OMG that is SO FREAKING AWESOME!!!! WAY TO GO!!!

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  • House Revivals 18.02.2011 at 22:02

    That is awesome — I’m just loving it! Love your creativity!
    ~Amanda

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  • Erin 18.02.2011 at 22:06

    You are one creative chic! I am loving your rug. Seems like something I would never think of doing, but you made it look so easy. Awesome!

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  • April 18.02.2011 at 22:07

    I bow down to your superior awesomeness!!!! That is way beyond WOW!

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  • Emily @ On the V Side 18.02.2011 at 22:08

    What a super creative solution – and it looks fantastic! Great job!

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  • Kelli 18.02.2011 at 22:16

    Where do you come up with this stuff! That is amazing! Love the rug and that stencil wall.

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  • Margaret 18.02.2011 at 22:18

    Lovely!! I wonder if you couldn’t just glue the white fuzzy part on top of the gray rug as a base…

    Keep up the great work!

    xo,
    Margaret
    http://www.sugarandspackle.com

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  • jandjhome 18.02.2011 at 22:19

    You are just amazing. I agree with Kelli, how do you come up with these things. Amazing.

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  • Emily 18.02.2011 at 22:20

    Dear Mandi,

    Holy crap.

    That is amazing. And also ridiculous. And I love it.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    Emily

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  • Bree and Bryce 18.02.2011 at 22:24

    This is AMAZING. I love your living room also. totally jealous.

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  • kiki comin 18.02.2011 at 22:26

    your house is so freaking fun to look at. amazing rug. i love it.:)

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  • Jen 18.02.2011 at 22:27

    horrified state of happy shock – YUP those are my exact words! Can you come to Boise , Idaho and visit for the weekend – we have alot to do girl and I might need you into next week as well! Let me know right away! OHH and Roy well he is darlin!!! Love you big –

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  • Regena 18.02.2011 at 22:51

    wow!! that looks fab-u-lous!!!

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  • Sensible Redesign 18.02.2011 at 22:53

    Freaking awesome! So Creative and I love it! Very talented, good job.

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  • Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes 18.02.2011 at 22:55

    Are you FREAKING kidding me?? That looks amazing! I honestly stared at your first picture. For 5 minutes. I was all, “that is NOT her living room! No it ISN’T!”. I am amazed. The rug is amazing. The walls– holy crap. I’m also jealous of your floor.

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  • Nike@ChooseToThrive 18.02.2011 at 23:00

    I . am . in . awe. That is freakin’ amazing.

    Props, girl. Props.

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  • Foundinthe-ALI 18.02.2011 at 23:02

    Oh my Gosh you are so smart. Lol. This is amazing. Youre whole living room is pretty amazing too.

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  • Tanya 18.02.2011 at 23:03

    Nicely done! I like the way you think!

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  • * Nancy * 18.02.2011 at 23:05

    WOW – no questions yet, but love the idea – it seriously looks like that is how you bought it! I was fooled from the get go when I saw the first picture of your zebra rug! Love your living room. It looks amazing!
    Mandi, I so want to be like you when I get some motivation & get my creative juices goin’ on!

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  • Tara Gail Hodge (June) 18.02.2011 at 23:10

    Amazing! Great job!

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  • Eisley Rae Clothing 18.02.2011 at 23:29

    Wow! That look fabulous!!

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  • Rachelle 18.02.2011 at 23:30

    Dude, it looks awesome.

    Knuckle bump.

    xo

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  • Banaghaisge 18.02.2011 at 23:37

    Well done that girl!!!!That really is a wonderful rug! BUT – did you make a second one with the reverse pieces? Cos you could probably sell that to anyone on here and cover your costs (at least!).
    And why not glue some canvas or even hessian on the back to make sure it doesn’t shed any more and holds together? You use rubber cement for the glueing.
    Again, awesome and amazing.I stumbled upon your blog this week, love it! Hugs from Jasmine Down Under.

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  • Rachael 18.02.2011 at 23:38

    AH-MAZING!!! What a great idea, and it looks fabulous!!!

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  • Kim @ Sand and Sisal 18.02.2011 at 23:39

    You completely ROCK girlfriend! This project was so ambitious I’m dumbfounded that you totally pulled it off! I LOVE IT! I’m going to share it on my FB page tonight!

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  • Beth@The Stories of A2Z 18.02.2011 at 23:40

    You are totally insanely creative and I love it. This is amazing!

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  • Lenae 18.02.2011 at 23:45

    You amaze me! I just would like a little peek into your mind! oH, by the way I found the cutest red velvet bench at the St. George DI today. And I thought to myself, “Self, it is a good thing that you found this before Mandi did, cuz I know she would have snatched it up!” Haha! now to recover it. I just need a little inspiration. Hopefully it won’t sit in my garage forever, while I wait for this so called inspiration and the perfect piece of fabric. Wish me luck!

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  • Amanda 18.02.2011 at 23:45

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!! I want you to be my best friend, no, my sister!!! What in the world? That is amazing.

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  • Moe 18.02.2011 at 23:53

    hahhahaha, how awesome!!!! I can’t believe you made this. So flipping perfect. You rock….like…so hard :)

    Great job :)

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  • Debra@Dejarenew.blogspot.com 18.02.2011 at 23:57

    DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDDDDDDDDDDDDEEEEE Dudette? Seriously? Freakin amazing. Nuff said.

    Deb
    http://dejarenew.blogspot.com

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  • Emily 18.02.2011 at 23:59

    Also, I would like to note that cutting up rugs and taping back together into awesomeness is ballsy as hell and I love it.

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  • MommyMeagan 19.02.2011 at 00:09

    that is gorgeous! you are so creative to do that yourself. just amazing!

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  • Mel 19.02.2011 at 00:11

    Whoa, that is super duper cool! I have never even thought of something like this! It turned out great and you did a fantastic job!

    Blessings,
    Mel
    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

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  • Sure Fit Inc. 19.02.2011 at 00:16

    All I can say is WOW!!!! This Rug turned out amazing! You are very creative… Perfect color and texture to blend with the rest of the rooms decor.
    Sure Fit Slipcovers

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  • Tasha 19.02.2011 at 00:17

    UMMM…WOW! I’m so jealous. I have been trying to figure out how to make my own rug for my living room for 6 months now. Never once did the thought of cutting 2 cheaper rugs to make one rug of awesomeness run through my head. I was thinking I would have to weave my own rug! Lol! This is so much better than that! Thanks for sharing your amazing ideas!
    knuckle pow!
    Tasha

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  • Madigan at madiganmade 19.02.2011 at 00:22

    One word: wow.

    This is awesome. OK, that’s more than one word… but really, great job!

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  • Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants 19.02.2011 at 00:51

    I consider myself resourceful but girl you take the cake! You are the MacGyver of decorating. Are you too young to know who that is??? It was a tv show on years ago, here’s part of the shows bio…

    he is a resourceful agent able to solve complex problems with everyday materials he finds at hand, along with his ever-present duct tape and Swiss Army knife.

    Great job!

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  • Trisha @ The Sweet Survival 19.02.2011 at 01:00

    Wow that looks great! It looks awesome in your living room. Great job.

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  • Anna @ Take the Side Street 19.02.2011 at 01:03

    That’s crazy cool. I don’t know if I’d have the skills and/or patience to make this… but dang, girl. Color me impressed. Have you had any problems with it shedding?

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  • Frugal Home Designs 19.02.2011 at 01:05

    I love seeing original ideas on blogs! That turned out great. Very innovative and creative. Great job.

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  • Vanessa@Lovin-Life 19.02.2011 at 01:07

    Wow, this is awesome. Love it!

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  • Lauren 19.02.2011 at 01:08

    Fantastic!! This is amazing. It looks so great :)

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  • keeping.up.with.the.joneses 19.02.2011 at 01:11

    You are my home decor idol. I am always amazed at the things you come up with and how great they always turn out.

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  • Katie 19.02.2011 at 01:22

    This is very, very nice. I like it so much better than the $600 one you wanted. The different piled carpet adds such a luxerious texture.

    One question, how does it hold up? Maybe you haven’t had it out long, but in a few months could you mention briefly in another post how it’s doing? Because I love it, and want to make it, but I’m always concerned about long term stability with projects I make. If I am going to work that long on hard on something, I am going to get attached and so I want it a very long time!

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  • Emily Love 19.02.2011 at 01:23

    This is spectacular! I am so impressed!

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  • Mrs. Means @ Our Thrifty Life 19.02.2011 at 01:30

    That is such a good idea, which is why I’ve never thought of it. Even if I would have thought of it I would have been afraid to try it. Yours turned out great and so cool. I love your blog. You have a really good writing style and your projects are always interesting and fun.

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  • Nina @ Momma Go Round 19.02.2011 at 01:37

    Holy Cow that is AMAZING!!! I never ever would have thought to do that and it just looks incredible. You are a genius!

    I’m linking up to this on my FB page!

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  • Vivienne 19.02.2011 at 01:39

    That is phenomenal!!!

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  • Mary 19.02.2011 at 02:03

    Questions? No, no questions! You are absolutely amazing!!! Amazing! … amazing!

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  • Suesan 19.02.2011 at 02:15

    I bow in humble adoration to your freakin’ amazing awesomeness. You are a DIY genius.

    ps. Would you please stop stealing my ideas before I have them? I just had a similar idea TODAY before I even saw this post. What the Heck?! Again, I’m not worthy because you are the MISTRESS OF AWESOME!

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  • Chelsea 19.02.2011 at 02:16

    I second Katie’s question about durability. Because it’s taped together, I would wonder if it would come apart and be in pieces in a few months.

    If it holds up – sign me up!

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  • DomesticJenny 19.02.2011 at 02:23

    Wow, insanely amazing! Great idea!!!

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  • Decor Createur 19.02.2011 at 02:30

    Holy Shiz! Seriously my mouth fell open when I saw it… by far the coolest project ever. You rock chic!

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  • Kimberly from "bugaboo" 19.02.2011 at 02:52

    wow. Seriously? Wow. I’m speechless.

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  • Megan M. 19.02.2011 at 02:58

    Wow!!! I am so ridiculously impressed!! Thanks for the tute!

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  • Nikki 19.02.2011 at 03:03

    Wow! that is quite awesome!

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  • Infarrantly Creative 19.02.2011 at 03:06

    Holy crap Mandster I can’t believe how freakin’ awesome that turned out. I gave you a big thumbs up on SU. That rocks my world!

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  • KellyH 19.02.2011 at 03:20

    That is amazingly wonderful.

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  • Debbie@http://refreshrestyle.com/ 19.02.2011 at 03:23

    Amazing…I am speechless! That is the coolest thing ever…it’s beautiful!

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  • lemondropdreams 19.02.2011 at 03:25

    That is CRAZY! I never would have thought about making a rug like that! Good job…

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  • Alicia Manning 19.02.2011 at 03:46

    This looks amazing but how dose it hold up when you vacuum it? Dose the little ends come up?

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  • Renee @ where the grass is greener 19.02.2011 at 04:17

    awesome. yep, that’s all i can say…awesome.

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  • Nicole@ Black Cab Designs 19.02.2011 at 04:17

    Really fantastic DIY! I heart a little zebra myself.

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  • Chris & Amy 19.02.2011 at 04:20

    Wow- this is incredible! What an awesome idea!

    I do have one question- maybe I’m totally missing it, but what was the final size of the rug? I noticed the gray rug was smaller, and the shag was a bigger rug, so how did those manage to connect and piece together? Was the final rug the size of the smaller, gray rug?

    Thanks for the help, and I “third” the question about the durability! The rubber glue/canvas idea sounds good, too!

    LOVE YOUR IDEAS!!

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  • Jessica and Justin 19.02.2011 at 04:45

    Phenomenal. So the whole time I thought the first picture was of the $600 rug you wanted, then I got to the end and I was like “WHA WHA WHAT?!” That IS the rug you made. I’m speechless. I only wish I didn’t live 50 miles away from the nearest home depot and walmart.

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  • Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments 19.02.2011 at 05:43

    That project didn’t even seem possible. Wow. I am simply amazed.

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  • 3punkmom 19.02.2011 at 06:06

    Woman! You’re nuts! I love yours even more than that other thing…and the different heights of the piles are what makes it awesome. Love, Love, Love!

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  • Mandi @ Vintage Revivals 19.02.2011 at 06:36

    Hey Everyone!

    I just wanted to answer a few quick questions!

    The size of the finished rug is 5×8

    As for the durability I just finished it this morning so I hae no cue about the long run durability. The tape is SOOOO strong and sticky that I dont think it will fall apart, however I usualy just vaccuum my rugs and not shake them out.

    I will keep everyone updated and if there is a problem let you know!!

    Thank you all so much for the sweet comments!

    Love your guts
    mandi

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  • Barefoot Apron 19.02.2011 at 08:36

    Now tht’s creative. I would have gave up long before that! Lookin good!

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  • Sue 19.02.2011 at 10:56

    This is absolutely awesome, I luuuv it. Also admired the art pieces on the wall!

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  • Hannah 19.02.2011 at 12:25

    great job!!!!!!!!!!! that is the coolest!!

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  • Sherry @ No Minimalist Here 19.02.2011 at 14:56

    Fabulous!!! This is quite an impressive DIY.

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  • Pamma 19.02.2011 at 15:02

    You are brilliant! I am in awe.
    ~Pam
    pamspaintparlor.typepad.com

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  • Michelle@Somedaycrafts 19.02.2011 at 15:32

    Idol worship will start now! This is too amazing! how do you keep coming up with this stuff. You will easily gett 200 comments on this baby! Project of the year!!! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  • northwesthospitality.org 19.02.2011 at 15:33

    One word…BRILLIANT! Love it. Sarah@ NorthwestHospitality

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  • Katie 19.02.2011 at 15:40

    Seriously fabulous!

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  • Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous 19.02.2011 at 15:49

    Awesomeness!! I stumbled it ;o)
    happy crafting!
    Linda

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  • Karena 19.02.2011 at 15:55

    I am amazed!! Really genius idea and it looks so great!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  • Emily @ Eat.Pray.Love & Craft 19.02.2011 at 16:04

    Amazing doesnt even begin to describe this… WOW.

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  • Life In The Thrifty Lane 19.02.2011 at 16:12

    You are AMAZING!!!

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  • Christy 19.02.2011 at 16:13

    Pure Awesome! Never in my wildest dreams would’ve thought to do this!

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  • .:+Pearlofafrika+:. 19.02.2011 at 17:06

    wow! what an amazing job you did!

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  • Diana 19.02.2011 at 17:15

    OH, i love that rug!! So creative!! My grand daughter loves Zebra, that would make a great b-day gift. You did a great job on it!!

    Diana

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  • Erinn 19.02.2011 at 17:31

    ok… that is ingenious. rugs are so dang expensive. plus, hello i love yours more!! way to go girlie!

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  • Michellie-mom 19.02.2011 at 17:58

    Wish I would have known you were in the market…selling this on KSL classifieds: http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218&ad=14437447&cat=366

    Let me know if you know anyone who’d be interested! Yours turned out awesome though!

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  • Anonymous 19.02.2011 at 17:58

    I think this is awesome. Being a 53 yr.old, I would probably add the canvas on the back for the long haul. However, under a coffee table it will hold up well, I am sure for stability,etc. I think you are super creative and I love it better than the expensive one. The different pile is beautiful and looks so exclusive! I am truly amazed! You go, Girl!! <3, <3 the decor!! JuJu

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  • Anonymous 19.02.2011 at 18:01

    *also~ You are a fabulous teacher and the pics are amazing at explaining!!JuJu

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  • C'est Magnifique 19.02.2011 at 18:06

    OMG! I just gotta say that you are a FREAKING genius!!! LOVE that rug, you did an awesome job!

    Tania

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  • Jamie 19.02.2011 at 18:26

    OMG!! This is absolutely the most amazing thing that I have ever seen. I live in a small town and basically my rug shopping is limited to walmart. I have been wanting a new rug but can not find one I like and I really don’t want to buy one online. Now I know that I can just make my own. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m trowing my first link party Monday. It would be great if you would stop by and add this tutorial. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  • SewLindaAnn 19.02.2011 at 19:10

    That was brilliant.

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  • Chelsea {twotwentyone} 19.02.2011 at 19:14

    This is ridiculously amazing! How inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Pudel-design 19.02.2011 at 19:20

    OMG!
    You are really crazy;) But in a good way;)
    Love your living room, LOVE this idea, it turns out great;)
    Thank you for sharing!
    Lovely greetings…

    http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/

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  • Tiffany 19.02.2011 at 19:33

    Mandi, you are a freakin genius I swear!

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  • Ashlee 19.02.2011 at 19:42

    You. are. amazing. Seriously, who thinks of making their own rug? It’s fabulous.

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  • Shelinwa 19.02.2011 at 19:45

    This is awesome. Got my creative juices going this morning!!!!

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  • Dixie Mom 19.02.2011 at 21:06

    Another craptastic project girl!

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  • Leslie 19.02.2011 at 21:07

    Oh MY!!!! You are amazing! That is soooo awesome!!!! I want one!!!!

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  • B.Large 19.02.2011 at 22:18

    I love it!! It looked like a messy job, but so fun! I’ve been looking for a perfect rug in my house! This just might be my ticket! Thanks for sharing on Funky Junk! I’m your newest follower and can’t wait to see what you decide! I hope you have a blessed day!
    http://brandlarge.blogspot.com
    Please check me out and become a follower!

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  • Alaina 19.02.2011 at 22:19

    This is insanely amazing!!!! OMWord!!

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  • Jenny 19.02.2011 at 22:26

    that.is.so.awesome. NICE WORK!!!!

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  • Anonymous 20.02.2011 at 02:33

    are you tired of reading how wonderful you are? if not, let me continue the adulation!! this is the greatest. kudos to you! jkj

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  • Jen-CraftOManiac 20.02.2011 at 03:16

    FREAKING AMAZING… LIKE blow my mind, no flippen way! I LOVE IT. I hear you on the cost of rugs.. I so want a fab. zebra or damask rug… but the prices are killer. You did a -fab-O-li-O- job! winks- jen

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  • Sally 20.02.2011 at 03:38

    Girl, you are crazy, but this is awesome. Go Mandi!

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  • Alayna Howard 20.02.2011 at 06:47

    HOLY FRICKEN COW! You are awesome! I love this. Thank you so much for sharing! I would be honored if you would link up your super cute blog over on my blog stalkin’ page.

    http://alaynahoward.blogspot.com/p/blog-stalkin.html

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  • Magpie Shinies 20.02.2011 at 13:38

    This is one of the most clever projects ever! I wonder how it would go with fake fur….

    Thank you for the inspiration, truly.

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  • Dani @ Drops in the Bucket 20.02.2011 at 16:44

    so clever, so patient. im sooooo impressed!

    -dani

    ps – great tut too!

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  • Anna @ Blissful Whimsy 20.02.2011 at 16:59

    How did you even come up with this???? I’m terribly impressed. It looks so, so great :o)

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  • Anonymous 20.02.2011 at 18:50

    Oh my gosh, I’m 48 and just getting into this crafting thing…. And I must say you and many of the other younger women I’ve been looking into are just plain genius!! I am loving all of it, but this carpet you made takes the cake…. AMAZING!!

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  • Kelli 20.02.2011 at 19:51

    your site rocks my world! i’m so glad i found you!

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  • Tiffany 20.02.2011 at 23:23

    Mandi, just wanted to let you know I featured this awesome rug over at Killing Time

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  • Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun 20.02.2011 at 23:29

    i/…i mean….like….just can’t…..really….awe…..for reals….just…

    wow.

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  • Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust 20.02.2011 at 23:51

    This is amazingly creative. Only YOU would think to do this. It turned out great!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  • casey aubut 21.02.2011 at 01:54

    This is AMAZING! I just ran in the other room to show my hubby. I mentioned a while back that I was going to attempt to make my own rug because I refused to spend $800 on the one i wanted. He looked at me like I was on crack! Now I have proof that it can be done! Great job! :)

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  • Natalia 21.02.2011 at 03:41

    After seeing the first photo and before I read how you did it, I thought it was one cut (white) rug, attached to a whole (uncut) bottom rug. If the bottom rug was woven, mat style, that might work well, though I’d have to look into adhesives for that. What a wonderful idea you have shared–thank you!

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  • Katie @ EyeSpyDIY 21.02.2011 at 14:58

    Your rug is gorgeous! I love the grey and white too, it makes a statement without being over the top! Amazing work!

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  • Rene 21.02.2011 at 17:02

    HA! Brilliant! Your rug is amazing!

    -Rene

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  • Stephanie May Anderson 21.02.2011 at 18:14

    WOW! I just discovered your blog when someday Crafts linked it to their site and I am BLOWN away! Even my husband thought it was the coolest thing he’s ever seen on a craft blog. He usually makes fun of little projects on blogs but he got all excited about this rug. Very awesome and I love your style!

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  • T 21.02.2011 at 18:23

    okay, okay… I love the rug but I have to know about the big branch art on the wall… tell me they’re an original creation with an easy tutorial found elsewhere on your site??

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  • Megan @ Megity's Handmade 21.02.2011 at 19:46

    Holy crap girl! Speechless. You are awesome!

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  • cheryl @ bungalowonbank 21.02.2011 at 21:09

    OMG!!! You just freaked my freak! AWESOME!!!

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  • Lei 21.02.2011 at 21:28

    This rug project is palstered all voer blogland you genius, you! Amazing!!!

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  • Lei 21.02.2011 at 21:29

    voer=over 😉

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  • Kreative Knack 22.02.2011 at 02:03

    REALLY?! This is amazing! I absolutely love it! You Rock! oh and I’m so stealing the idea 😉

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  • Michelle @ Dream Home DIY 22.02.2011 at 13:23

    Okay that has got to be one of your coolest projects to date. I mean its beyond killer!

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  • Rachael 22.02.2011 at 15:14

    This is awesome! FYI: If your rugs are both the same size, cut them out together (one on top of the other). It takes half the time and your pieces will fit together perfectly! (If you make one piece too wide, for example, it would be relpicated on the other rug, so no “mistake”!)

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  • Kilo Bravo 22.02.2011 at 15:43

    I love it! We have been searching for a new rug for our living room and to no avail. I’m trying this – this weekend! Have you attempted to vacuum it yet??

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  • thepeasanthousewife 22.02.2011 at 17:36

    That is stunning. Absolutely stunning. I want to make one!

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  • the cape on the corner 22.02.2011 at 20:20

    so what’s one more comment when you have a million already, but this is seriously so ridiculously good i had to pat you on the back for this. a mazing!

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  • evelania 22.02.2011 at 20:22

    This is amazing! Very clever and creative, it looks great! I am totally having a rug dilemma and the one that I was leaning toward on overstock is now outtastock.

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  • wonder forest 23.02.2011 at 17:40

    This is fantastic! It looks amazing and you would never think that it was a DIY project!
    great great work!

    thewonderforest.com

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  • Jenny 23.02.2011 at 23:17

    Not only is this so creative… but it’s gutsy and turned out AWESOME!

    I also gotta know: Did you make the wall art behind your sofa? If so… how? Also… is that wallpaper or stencil pattern on your walls? I’m in love!!!

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  • Drea 24.02.2011 at 02:54

    so animal print isn’t even my thing and i love this. you rock my socks.

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  • Jamie 24.02.2011 at 15:08

    You have been Featured!! I love this rug so much that I wanted to share your tutorial with my readers. Please stop by and check it out.

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  • Jennie 24.02.2011 at 23:28

    WOOOOO WEEE! I almost couldn’t find the end of all the flippin’ comments so I could comment! WHEW…THAT was hard work! AWESOME JOB! SMOOCHES!

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  • Anonymous 25.02.2011 at 14:20

    This rug is brilliant! The larger stripes really work. Another comment mentioned a local DI – I’ve seen it in other posts but can’t figure out what it stands for! Help.

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  • Sherryd 28.02.2011 at 02:26

    I was like Wow when I realized you had done it yourself, oh such creativity! I forward this to all my girlfriends, I was so impressed! As the kids say You Rock!!!

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  • tale of many cities 01.03.2011 at 15:40

    wow! thanks for sharing this.. i’m inspired!! :)

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  • CherishedHearts Vintage 02.03.2011 at 16:31

    What an amazingly brilliant idea!

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  • Anonymous 02.03.2011 at 20:54

    if i were to do this with an 8×10 and a a 5×7 would the difference in size be too great or should i try to find 2 more alike? this is an open question to everyone~!

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  • randomanny.com 05.03.2011 at 16:23

    This is really beautiful and creative!

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  • Sarah 09.03.2011 at 04:43

    freeakedy freek freek. This is crazy good.

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  • Kimra 15.03.2011 at 23:59

    what a great idea! and it has so much dimension!

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  • Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com 17.03.2011 at 05:34

    You have GOT to be kidding!!! I am dying over the awesome-ness of this. Wow!!! Love it!!

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  • Dee 18.03.2011 at 00:24

    Spectacular and genius. The tape should work fine, I believe it is ‘Flor’ carpeting that sells their carpet tiles to be pieced together and they sell some kind of tape spots to put them together on the back very similar to this. But their rugs can’t hold a candle to the deliciousness of yours.

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  • Coralie 18.03.2011 at 04:57

    Great tutorial! We just did this and LOVE it! thank you, thank you, thank you :)

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  • EZY4U Hosting 22.03.2011 at 01:02

    And I was going to make a latch hook rug… not any more! I am going to LOVE your blog!

    Gayle
    Australia

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  • Anonymous 22.03.2011 at 19:05

    OMGOSH!!!!! Thank you s00000 much for posting this fabulous project! You truly are talented and inspiring! I cannot wait to make a mess doing this rug :) I think I’m gonna convince my sister to do this with me/2 rugs!!!

    This would be so great in so many designs/patterns with your idea here; I’m already thinking of ideas for my 1 year old son’s room………. maybe in his name???? He would love that! :)

    Thanx again for sharing your talent with us!

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  • jessica 24.03.2011 at 19:47

    Ode to a Zebra Rug.

    There once was a girl named mandi
    Who thought the living room floor looked bland-y
    She made a big mess
    Got an awesome rug for less
    And now I am a really huge fan-zy!

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  • Bliss 27.03.2011 at 03:11

    You r amazing!
    Thee End
    Thank you for sharing
    >Free bird :)

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  • the girl aka Bernadette @agirlandherhome 30.03.2011 at 01:10

    ok, wow! That is awesome. I’ve been wanting a rug just like that…I could have been your “2 for 1″ friend…lol..might just have to try this…THANKS

    Bernadette @ agirlandherhome.blogspot.com

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  • Cura sa Sesirekom 07.04.2011 at 07:52

    I absolutely love this rug :)) Well done :))

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  • casmburg 07.04.2011 at 17:57

    heavy duty painter’s canvas should work great as a backer!

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  • Ashlee 07.04.2011 at 19:11

    AHHHHHH-MAZING! Well done! If only I didn’t have carpeted floors…

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  • Laken 09.04.2011 at 13:10

    WOW What a fabulous idea :) I LOVE IT!

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  • Designs by Jenean 09.04.2011 at 20:58

    Girl, you nailed it! This rug is awesome. I would love to put this in my living room.

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  • Jen 15.04.2011 at 04:46

    OH MY WORD! Your rug is SOOO Much better than the original from what I can tell!!! ANd your house is freaking amazing!! Thanks for the inspiration! I hope to try a couple of your ideas!!

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  • Jill @ Just Dream, Jelly Bean! 16.04.2011 at 09:53

    LOVE ZEBRA, LOVE FLUFFY RUGS, LOVE THAT ITS DIY! I’ve featured you on my post:

    http://jelly-bean-dream.blogspot.com/2011/04/aloooooha-friday-wrap-up-i-want-that-in.html

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    much love
    ~Jill from ‘Just Dream, Jelly Bean!’

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  • Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds 26.04.2011 at 16:11

    Wow, this is amazing!

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  • elizabeth@themustardceiling 26.04.2011 at 16:13

    Great idea, I never would have thought of this, but it turned out fantastic! I must save it for my files, thanks for sharing.

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  • Mindy 26.04.2011 at 22:36

    Ballsy move! I LOVE this!!! Love your blog. I found you when I linked up to the lettered cottage.
    xo
    Mindy

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  • Hannah Jacklyn 27.04.2011 at 15:33

    such a creative idea, and it came out gorgeous, way to go! I wandered over form lettered cottage link party :)

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  • Chera 29.04.2011 at 14:35

    It is awesome!!!!!!!! Great job!!!

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  • Mod Podge Amy 14.05.2011 at 22:10

    You totally rocked it! I’m going to feature on the Decor Hacks Facebook page next week! xo

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  • Anonymous 18.05.2011 at 02:20

    thats great..i made one like that, little different design, but i hand sew it..patty

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  • Inspire Me Heather 26.05.2011 at 12:01

    Gosh, looked like A LOT of work but it turned out so well! I linked this to my rugs post too today, well done!

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  • Kristin Miracle Lewis 29.05.2011 at 15:42

    That is amazing. I am looking for a rug for my dining room but don’t want to drop the $500ish dollars.

    Question, totally off the subject. I LOVE your wallpaper. Where did you get it?

    THX

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  • Model Me Studio 04.06.2011 at 21:59

    okay so i have been following your blog for a while now not on this blog on my personal blog and i keep coming back to this rug im in love I’m thinking of doing one for myself but i need to ask you how did it hold up if you could email me back that would be perfect kurtism_ccfd@hotmail.com
    thanks,
    Mandi

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  • Dani 11.06.2011 at 17:54

    So my sister and I tackled this project yesterday. We finished one fantastic rug and have the extra pieces for a second one. We used leftover carpet my sister pulled from her bedroom remodeling job and a super cheap indoor/outdoor rug from Menards. The total cost for the whole project was around $40! Love, love, love it! Thanks so much for the idea!

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  • Ashley@ DesignBuildLove.co 15.06.2011 at 20:07

    WOW! Absolutely LOVE your rug!!!

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  • Anonymous 18.06.2011 at 21:01

    Great idea, how do you think of these things? Love this rug, good for you. I just had an idea, brown circle-ish areas would maybe look like cow-hide…maybe…
    …I am Blue Wolf…

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  • Our Kindred Fortress 26.06.2011 at 21:16

    I knew you were a girl! I wrote about you, here, you have mind blowing ingenuity!

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  • Alexandra 13.07.2011 at 05:25

    Love the rug!!! Amazing! Would you mind letting me know how the rug is holding up?

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  • Classy Clutter 21.07.2011 at 04:19

    HOLY WOW!!!!!!!

    LOVE IT! Amazing job!

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  • Ashlee 05.08.2011 at 01:36

    LOVE.THIS!!! I want to know if you made the three pictures/limbs on the wall. They almost look like tumbleweeds?

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  • jtatiana21 24.08.2011 at 19:46

    This rug looks amazing, I wonder how is it holding up over the months?

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  • Kayla 15.09.2011 at 03:27

    OMG– my husband is going to pee his pants when he comes home to find me cutting rugs up someday (in the very near future, thanks to you!). This is an AWESOME idea! We’ve been without a rug in our living room for the last year since the one I’ve been lusting over is over $400.

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  • silliness unfolded 20.09.2011 at 14:10

    hey, just wondering why you have to have the same pile of rug to use carpet tape? Could you use carpet tape and just use an old cloths iron to melt the pieces of carpet together for more durability?

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  • Jennifer 30.09.2011 at 00:53

    WOW! That is freaktastic! I am so going to try this!

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  • Sarah Maricelli 06.10.2011 at 17:29

    I really want to try this. However, I have a toddler and an infant in addition to tons of company. I’m a little nervous about how the edges would hold up to that much traffic. Thoughts?

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  • shen's girly spazms 26.10.2011 at 17:11

    I found this tutorial through pintrest, and I’m totally blown away. I even put the link up on my husband’s FB. I’ve been eyeing a rug with a river rock type design for quite some time. Problem is, I need one to cover a large area & boy! The price rose dramatically from one size to another. It has different textures & piles just like your zebra rug. After reading yours I’m ready to tackle this project of my own. I can’t wait! Thanks so much for this tutorial. Wish me luck! I’ve put this off for so long! I’m so excited!

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  • Angie 06.11.2011 at 19:10

    WOW! Amazing for sure!

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  • Susie Goldstein Interiors 08.11.2011 at 16:47

    Truly amazing project and now I may have the courage to make my own version of your two pile rug!

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  • Anonymous 11.11.2011 at 19:37

    So clever and so cool!!!!!!

    I might adhere one of the cheapie rug pads under it so that it wouldn’t slip around. Or possibly use a old hunk of kitchen vinyl flooring and glue the rug to it. You’d get a little cushion from the flooring and some stability for the rug long term.

    Nancy

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  • Ren 15.12.2011 at 20:47

    You. Are. My. Hero.
    Seriously that is awesome and I so appreciate that you are not an “exact” person :) me either

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  • jen 18.12.2011 at 22:34

    you are so creative!!! awesome tutorial and diy!

    jen
    http://www.fauxtreschic.blogspot.com

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  • Jasmine 23.12.2011 at 22:04

    Ooo, this is UHHHmazing!!! I love it so much! I too have been searching for the perfect zebra rug that doesn’t cost a zillion dollars.
    I have a cheater idea…what if you took the same white 5′ x 7′ rug…and figured out your desired pattern…and just cut the shag down? If the pile was long enough, wouldn’t it just make the cut part a shorter shag? Then you could dye / paint the shorter sections??
    Do you have any experience with dying rugs?
    Maybe this is a crazy idea…but it might just work….
    Hmmm….
    LOVE your blog!
    besos, Jasmine

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  • Lauren @ Summit St Joy 09.01.2012 at 21:14

    Ummm… you are AHHHMAZZIng! nice job— thanks for the inspiration!!!!

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  • Anonymous 26.01.2012 at 19:51

    Oh, my freaking word!!!!! This is insanely awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Alice 27.03.2012 at 13:32

    Wow, i´ve been the first time here and it is really amazing!Love to have a carpet like this!

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  • Sandy 21.04.2012 at 00:37

    Love it !!

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  • Sandy 21.04.2012 at 00:37

    Love, love, love it !!!

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  • sandpaperandglue 03.05.2012 at 18:06

    I just started reading your blog a few months ago and today was just clicking around archives to see what I missed before I started reading regularly. Holy goodness gracious this is an amazing DOABLE idea! I haven’t been able to find a rug anywhere near my price range and this could completely work, thank you :)

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  • Anonymous 01.06.2012 at 01:53

    just found this on pinterest! im in love with this. im going to attempt to do this in leopard print but was wondering would it be possible, (in your case) to have just attached all the white pieces to the entire gray instead of cutting both.

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  • Meghan 13.06.2012 at 22:39

    This is one of the most creative DIYs I’ve seen in a while. I never would have thought it would work. It turned out great–congrats!

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  • C 12.07.2012 at 14:38

    How does this clever work of art hold up to vacuuming? Excellent idea – rock on!

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  • Cynthia 07.09.2012 at 20:46

    Love this, but I’m lost after you trace the second rug. Why did you need to cut it? Aren’t the white pieces laying on top of the 2nd (grey rug)? Forgive me, but I’m confused at that point.

    Thanks

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  • Cynthia 07.09.2012 at 20:51

    Actually, I think I now get it. Both become pieces that you need to patch together to make one rug. I think what threw me is it looks like one is glued on top due to the height and/or texture of the two rugs.

    Brilliant work! :)

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  • Mike 11.09.2012 at 19:46

    you make it look so simple – I might even try to make one myself.

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  • Heather 18.02.2013 at 19:41

    Holy. Crap. I would have been terrified to do this. I still am.

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  • Uffishthought 01.04.2013 at 18:57

    Um, it’s actually two rugs for the price of… two rugs. Not one. LOL.

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  • vi srs 23.04.2013 at 13:46

    I used to make wall hangings that way in the 70’s (I’m old, lol) and was trying to remember how it was done. I believe I used burlap backing.

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  • vi srs 23.04.2013 at 13:48

    I used to make wall hangings that way in the 70’s (I’m old, lol) and was trying to remember how it was done. I believe I used burlap backing.

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  • Jenna 07.08.2013 at 00:03

    I like it better than your “perfect” rug!!

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