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Floor Decoration Ideas & Creative Crafts
Decorations for walls are commonplace yet often a floor is left as a plain carpet or as bare concrete or wood, however I believe that a rug can really elevate the look of a room. In fact, if you look at any home décor magazines you will see that most rooms have rugs or mats on the floor (a clever trick!) because it adds another dimension, and often another texture, to the room.
If you are fond of crafts like me, you may want to make your own rugs or mats so that you can choose the exact colors and design, plus save yourself money. I have provided lots of tutorials for various rags rugs, woven rugs, painted mats and more, plus instructions for how to paint your floors either freehand or using stencils.
I hope this page gives you plenty of ideas :)
DIY Holiday Reindeer Doormat
Fun DIY Floor Rugs
- Furry Cloud Rugs
How to make faux sheepskin rugs.
- Tiger Felt Rug
Funny idea for making your own faux tiger skin mat.
- Eco Bath Rug
How to make a bathroom mat from old towels.
- Zebra Stripe Rugs
I love the end result of this project.
- Faux Sheepskin Rug
The easiest and fluffiest rug you can create.
- Felt Ball Rug
Either felt your own balls out of wool roving, or buy them pre-made.
- Felt Coil Rug
Inventive idea for coiling felt strips together into a soft rug.
- Coiled Rope Mat
Hot glue poly rope into a sturdy mat.
- Pom-Pom Accent Rug
Fun and squishy rug using plenty of homemade pom-poms.
Top-Rated Rugs in Classic & Modern Styles
Painted Mats & Rugs
- Zig-Zag Jute Rug
How to use water to help you paint textured materials.
- Painting a Bamboo Rug
Paint your own pretty floral pattern.
- Drop Cloth Rug
Simple project of painting stripes on a large piece of cloth.
- Play Mat Revamp
Stencil a squashy foam mat for comfy flooring.
- Chevron Rug
Hand paint black and white zig-zags for a cool design.
- Floor Canvas
Using a projector to transfer the floral image.
- Moroccan Stencil Rug
Makeover an Ikea rug with this free template.
- DIY Geometric Rug
Chain link design created using painters tape.
- Contact Paper Stencil
I love the contrast between the brown and the white.
- Using Pre-Made Stencils
Step-by-step photos showing the hand-painting of a rug.
- Compass Sisal Rug
Ideal for nautical themed rooms.
Mats & Doormats
- DIY Doormat
Stencil a plain mat to make it your own.
- Braided Doormat
Nautical style mat made with twisted rope.
- Plywood Office Mat
Perfect for rolling your wheelie chairs on!
- Subway Art Foam Mat
A clever way to make foam play-mats look cool.
- Chevron Braided Mat
Made using the same technique as used for friendship bracelets.
- Optical Illusion Doormat
Spray paint a doormat so it looks like a 3D box.
- Rainbow Wooden Doormat
Professional-looking mat made with simple wood blocks.
- Braided Rope Doormat
Weave nylon rope together for a nautical theme.
Weaving on a Simple Loom
Rag Rugs, Braided Rugs & Technique Instructions
Rag rugs are simply rugs made using strips of fabric. This fabric can be fabric scraps or old clothing that you want to upcycle. They can be a very fun and practical recycling project.
There are various ways to make rag rugs, including braiding, weaving, crocheting, knitting and knotting. I have included some of the types in the following list, and others further down the page.
- How to Make T-Shirt Yarn
Recycle shirts and use the fabric for weaving, crocheting and braiding rugs.
- How to Make Yarn from Sheets
Instructions for turning bed sheets into long strips.
- 4-Part Rag Rug Tutorial
A series of how-tos that cover the entire process.
- Circular Braided Rug
Very pretty shabby chic rug.
- Braided T-Shirt Rug
Re-use five to ten old shirts to make a round rug.
- Oblong Braided Shirt Rug
A very clear step-by-step tutorial.
- Handmade Rag Rug
Mesh and lots of fabric strips make a superb rug.
- Braided No-Sew Rug
How to continuously weave t-shirt strips together without sewing.
Braided Rug Materials
Knit, Crochet & Woven Rugs
- How to Join Woven Rugs Together
Use a paperclip and twine to turn small rugs into a large size rug.
- Knit Floor Mat
Made using braided cotton clothesline as the yarn.
- Knitted Rag Rug
A simple knit, but you have to get used to using large size needles.
- Loom Woven Rug 1
Fantastic large rug with fringing.
- Loom Woven Rug 2
Weave t-shirt fabric onto hemp twine on a DIY loom.
- Loom Woven Rug 3
Learn to weave plus find out a useful tip for using clothes pegs.
- Hula Hoop Weaving 1
I think the result of this technique is beautiful.
- Hula Hoop Weaving 2
This time it shows the use of t-shirt jersey.
- Upcycled Linen Crochet Rug
A rag rug crocheted out of floral sheets and dyed fabrics.
- Crochet Mandala
A classic crochet shape.
- Giant Doily Rug
Jumbo stitches made using very chunky piping 'yarn'.
- Giant Rope Rug
A challenging but satisfying project for crocheters.
- Round Crochet Rug
A neat ombre-patterned rug made from repurposed t-shirts.
Black & Neon Pink Crochet Rug
Decorative Floor Painting How-Tos
- How to Paint Concrete Floors
Tips and instructions on how to decorate concrete flooring.
- Wood Grain Concrete Floor
A creative tutorial showing how to achieve a wood grain design.
- Floral Stencils
Beautiful idea for stenciling flowers onto your wooden floor.
- Hand Painted Patterns
Paint your own unique floor pattern.
- Painted Faux Rug
Spruce up your flooring with a painted faux area rug.
- Stencil Vinyl Floor Tiles
Renovate old vinyl tiles by adding a honeycomb design.
- Glitter Floor
How to create a sparkly finish on a concrete floor.
- Painted Wooden Crate Stairs
Amazing stairs project with stenciled numbers and logos.
- Free Flowers Stencil
Download this free flower pattern to use on floors or mats.
Stenciled Floor Mat
More Creative Painting Projects
- Polka Dot Rug
Use spray paint and a stencil to make this simple and fun design.
- Painted Floor Runner
An asymmetrical pattern that would be ideal for hallways.
- Subway Art Laundry Room
A cool idea for the floor of a small laundry room.
- Six-Pointed Star Pattern.
Use a cut-out shape to outline the shapes, then color them in.
- Oversize Blossoms Template
Looks great on a large floor space.
- Geometric Concrete Carpet
A free template for adding a pattern to a solid floor.
- Chevron Stencil Floor
An effective yet quite subtle print for a floor.
- How to Stencil a Floor
Use pre-made stencils to decorate a hallway.
Creative Floral Painting
Ideas & Inspiration
- Making a Huge Rug from Smaller Ones
Make a real statement with a giant rug that almost covers the floor.
- Floor of Pennies
Awesome idea for covering a floor with penny coins.
- Yarn & Pom-Pom Artistic Rug
Not sure it would be practical, but it would make a beautiful piece of art.
- Hand-Printed Floor Pattern
Bold shapes on a wooden floor look really striking.
- Geometric Tape Installations
How bold patterns in vinyl tape can change a room completely.
- Paper Bag Floors
How to create inexpensive flooring with brown paper and glue.
- Giant-Size Rugs Being Made
You need some strong muscles to make these rugs!