How to Frame a Rug in 3 Easy Steps to Create DIY Wall Art

When the holidays were over and I took down all my decorations, I realized I needed some wall art! I wanted to use textured textiles as artwork, but they were very expensive. I decided to do it inexpensively by learning how to frame a rug.

You can go to T.J. Maxx or thrift a cheap textile like I did. I used frames that I already had, rubber cement, and just glued everything to the backing. And if this framed rug wall art isn't an easy enough DIY to start your year out, I don't know what else is.

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My inspiration rug
My rug

Tools and materials

  • Small rug (flat weave)
  • Rubber cement
  • Frames with backing
  • Scissors
Framed nutcracker prints

Step 1: Use existing frames

I already had two large existing frames. I removed the art that was in them.

Cutting the rugs to size
Placing the rugs

Step 2: Cut the rug to fit

I cut this cheap rug into two pieces of the same size. Don’t be afraid to cut off parts of it that you don’t want in the frame.

Applying glue
Gluing the rugs to the frames

Step 3: Glue them down

I rubber-cemented the two pieces of rugs onto the backings of the frames.

DIY framed rug
How to frame a rug

How to frame a rug

Hanging a rug as wall art is easy, as long as you find an inexpensive one that looks great and isn’t too heavy. So rather than just put your frames or an old rug that’s still in good shape in a closet out of the way, make better use of them by creating rug art!

Let me know what you think and let me know in the comments how you’ve transformed rugs into art in your home!

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  • Christy Christy on Jan 28, 2024
    Thanks for the great idea!!
  • Irma Irma on Jan 28, 2024
    What a beautiful idea. I'm in the process of redecorating and I can't wait to find something wonderful to frame. I love the color of your cabinets. Did you paint them?