The 12 Best DIY Rug Tutorials of All Time

Get your floors gorgeous (without spending a fortune) with these incredible DIYs.


A room without a rug is like an outfit without shoes. It’s a great start, but, um...something’s missing. 

Unfortunately, covering your home in rugs can be a little bit pricey. It seems counter-intuitive that the decoration that you walk on should be one of the spendiest ones in the space. But it is—and that means that sometimes, you have to get creative to stay stylish.

In the spirit of style, creativity, and having everything you want and then some, here are the twelve best DIY rug projects out there. From a faux flokati to a festive floor cloth, these crafty floor coverings will spice up any space.

1. Black and white rag rug

This rug is made from inexpensive fabric remnants sewn together with one easy, continuous seam. Best of all, it can be customized to your style by picking fabrics in a palette you love.

2. Mandala no-sew floorcloth

This durable floorcloth is easier than it looks. All you need is a tablecloth you love and a couple of items from the hardware store, and you’ve got high style for little effort.

3. Floral jute mat

This rope mat looks like one you’d find in stores for haute hippies, but it’s ridiculously easy to make. For a bold twist, use brightly colored nylon rope instead of natural fibers.

4. Geometric printed rugs

These geometric printed rugs can be customized with any shape, pattern, or color—and they’re so easy, you could make them with kids.

5. Braided t-shirt rug

What do you do with those stained, worn-out t-shirts? Don’t toss them—instead, make a pretty rag rug in colors that inspire.

6. Faux flokati

Dare we say…flauxkati? This DIY faux fur rug will bring a touch of texture and warmth to your space. Don’t fear the pale color—this rug is machine-washable.

7. Gold faux zebra rug

Gold. Faux. Zebra. I mean, what else do we really need to say? Style this painted rug by itself for a modern urban look, or layer it over another rug for designer boho style.

8. Painted kilim

This super-easy DIY turns a ubiquitous IKEA rug into a rich, gorgeous kilim. All you need is some painter’s tape and a desire to have the best-looking place ever.

9. Aztec floorcloth

This floorcloth looks complicated, but it’s super-easy to make. A coat of clear sealer means it can be swept and even mopped, making it the perfect bright accent for a kitchen or mudroom.

10. Moroccan painted rug

This easy DIY transforms a drab cream rug into an accent piece that makes the room. Try it in complementary colors that suit your room.

11. Tribal floorcloth

This no-sew, paint-free floorcloth is as easy as a trip to the fabric store, and adds instant texture to your interior.

12. Faux tile floorcloth

Stuck with a generic hall or entryway that’s bringing down your style? This easy, temporary fix gives your floor the texture of tile, without the commitment.

Top Image Credit: Nellie Bellie

Do these DIY rugs inspire you to step up your floor style? Which one’s your fave?

Jacqui Adams

Jacqui Adams

Content Marketing Specialist, Porch.com. Jacqui Adams is a writer and editor living in Seattle. She shares a cozy midcentury fixer-upper with her fiancé, her cat, and approximately eight bazillion books. Follow Jacqui on Twitter at @JacquiLeeLu.


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