Try This: Make Your Own Rug In Any Shape!

Make your own rug in ANY shape! www.abeautifulmess.comAny shape, you say? Yep, don't be scared… make your own rug in any shape! To be fair, it's an altered rug, not a homemade rug, and this is less a DIY tutorial and more just an added oomph to give it a try. 😉 The awesome thing about this project is that you can use nearly any rug with a solid backing: an old piece of carpet or remnant, a bath mat (that's what we used, actually!) or any 'ole cheap rug you find. All you need to complete this project is a rug, a pair of scissors or X-Acto knife and 30 minutes! Ready? Here's what we did:Make your own rug in ANY shape! 1Step 1: Turn your rug over and trace your shape on to the rug with a marker. We chose a dachshund for obvious reasons! Choose your favorite animal or imagery to create your own special custom mat. Just keep the shape as simple as you can.Make your own rug in ANY shape! 2Step 2: Use scissors to cut along your line until your shape is completely cut out. Bath mats are pretty great because they are easy enough to cut with scissors. For a carpet remnant you'll need an X-Acto or box cutting knife and some cardboard to shield the surface beneath your mat as you cut.Make your own rug in ANY shape! 3Step 3: Trim any stray pieces and enjoy!!! 

Make your own rug in ANY shape! 4Here's my new rug hanging out in my kitchen! 🙂 What shape would you choose? I think a big red heart would be my next pick! xo. Elsie

  • I loved this idea and did one myself in the shape of a mustache. You can find it on my blog. Such a simple thing to do, when you have some time left.

  • OH! I love the idea of a big red heart! That sounds so cute!

  • Ahhh this is so cute! A yellow rubber duck in the bathroom would be sweet
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • SO CUTE. I was literally just thinking about how it would look so great and be so easy to make a red love heart shape!
    XO Samantha

  • So cute! I wish I had the space for one in my flat. I’m hoping to move though so I’ll definitely keep that on my want list 😀

  • The result is very cute, but I wonder, does it need to be bound? When you get carpet cut at the store, they usually recommended carpet binding so it doesn’t slowly unravel, right?

  • SUPER cute! Definitely going to have to try it out with the boring rectangle rug in my office!

  • I would like to try a camera, a pig or a sheep 🙂 This is a cute idea! I will try this, when my mom will allow me to use one of our bathroom rugs.
    xo Rosa
    Ps.: Grüße aus Deutschland 😉

  • Am I the only one who thought this was a pretty lame DIY project? I mean come on, that dog just looks cheap and tacky! ABM’s DIY projects are usually so creative and well performed, this is just not up to that standard if you ask me.

    I do really like Allyson’s idea of making triangles in different colors in the comment above, though. I think that would look awesome and a lot more stylish.

  • that’s a waste of rug!!! considering how expensive they are to begin with…BUT such a cute idea!

  • Love love this idea, if you get chance I’d love you check out my blog!

  • I have actually done this too! I made an Eiffel Tower using two rugs that I duct taped together on the back. I also used thing duct tape to match the rug and covered the cut edges. Looks great in my bath. Am getting ready to do two fleur di lys to go in front of the two sinks in the vanity area. Can you see a theme here?!

  • This is a brilliant idea! I’ve seen so many cute mats online and never would have thought to cut out a shape from a rug to do the same thing! 🙂

  • This is fabulous! I love a simple but lovely DIY!


  • I love this idea, I think I might have to come up with something for both my kids rooms. Maybe a simple train and a butterfly! Thank you, genius idea.

  • I don’t want to speak too soon but even I might be able to manage this one, such a good idea! x

  • Such a cute simple idea! You guys are genius.

  • ahhh so cute, love your dog shaped rug, seems quite apt for you xxxx

  • That’s a great idea..wonder i never thought of that..maybe i am afraid to ruin the rectangular shape 😀

  • Simplicity at it’s best!
    I’ve been pondering the thought for a couple weeks (Old carpet squares I planned to use as rugs).
    Very glad you shared this, motivates me to finally get it goin.
    Lovely rug by the way! c:

  • Did you do anything to the edges to keep it from shedding little carpet yarns everywhere?
    This is an adorable idea and so simple!

  • AHH!! I can’t stop grinning at this cuteness 🙂 Now I want to make one! Just need to think of a shape…

  • I want to make a puppy one for my puppy to take naps on!

    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Cool idea! I was just wondering how to spice up our bathroom, and now I know!

  • This is adorable!! I think I want to try to make a rabbit! Thanks for sharing this how to 🙂

    Elise xox

  • This is so simple and absolutely adorable! I would love to give it a try.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • wow! I never would have though of doing something like this , looks good !
    thanks for the ideas

  • Such a neat idea, the pup carpet is soooo cute! Love it!
    yasmine xx

  • How do you stop the cut edge from unraveling? I would think you might need to finish the edge somehow…

  • Oh such a cute idea and so easy!! Yours came out perfectly!


  • Love it! Colorful “spots” or circles would be so cute in a kids room! 🙂

  • Oh my goodness this is such a good idea! I think I would do my home state, or a heart! So cute.

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • SO much cuteness going on with this adorable rug!!! 🙂

    Lulu xx

  • I totally want to try this in the shape of California! So cute. Thank you for sharing!


  • HAH! That is the cutest thing I’ve seen all day! Thanks for the idea!

  • Pretty sure I didn’t need a tutorial to trace a shape on a rug and cut it out.

  • This is such a great idea, especially because you can buy a cheap rug and make it special! Although it wouldn’t be immediately recognizable, I would have one in the shape of Spain and embroider a heart to locate Madrid, as an ode to my year abroad there.

  • Aww, so cute! I think I’d probably go for a silhouette of my dog.

  • woah! how fun! i never thought of doing this but i have a rug in my kitchen (same spot) that’s just too darn big and i’m never satisfied with it. maybe i’ll spice it up a bit! thanks!

  • Whoops. At first I thought it was supposed to be the United States. (Actually, first I thought “dog” then I thought “USA” and then I thought, “Becky, relearn your geography for seriously.”

  • Any suggestions on how to finish off the edges? It is going fray like crazy without a finished edge.

  • Awesome idea! I think I’d like to do a blue whale. Or maybe holiday themed ones! Like a pumkin, turkey, christmas tree etc.

  • This is a really cute project, I’ll have to give it a try!

  • Ohhh, I’m definitely gonna need to make some new bathroom mats!

  • Okay this is so simple but so cute! It’s definitely a “why didn’t I think of that?” project. But I love how you guys see things other people don’t see. I think my kids would love making their own rugs! Clouds and rainbows, and cars, the list could go on!

  • So cool! I love it 🙂 I think I would go for a sailing boat 🙂


  • I am picturing some large triangle ones out on our balcony. Gotta add this to my list of things to look for at the thrift store! Thanks for the simple idea. 🙂


  • Really cute idea! You could get really inventive with this alteration.

    Your dachshund is lovely.

  • HAHA, what a cute idea. This would be so great for a kids bathroom or reading area!

  • What a great idea.. and so cute! I love your dachshund rug and think I will do a cat face for mine. 🙂 Thanks!

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