Custom DIY Area Rug From Placemats

2 Materials
50 Minutes

Are you looking for an area rug but coming up short on selection? How about designing and creating a custom DIY area rug! This DIY has high end results without the high end price tag. An easy how-to that takes less than an hour! Quick, easy and budget friendly, yes please!

Choose the placemats

Choose placemats you'd like to use for a rug, and if there is room, lay them out on the floor of the aisle to gauge design. I used these placemats for my custom DIY area rug.

To seam the placemats together, use single sided carpet tape. This is the carpet seam tape I recommend.

Remove backing from tape, and place the mat halfway onto the tape, saving the other half for the next mat.

Join next placemat to the first, pressing down on the seam to secure.

Repeat step with another placemat. The placemats making the circumference edge of the rug will be joined on 3 sides to other mats. The center mats will be joined on all 4 sides.

Press the seams together to create a tight fit.

Continue steps until custom placemat rug is completed.

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  • Steph knepper Steph knepper on Jun 06, 2022

    Lorin…just buy the dollar store mats…perhaps a different style or color? Or perhaps wait for a sale?

  • Drena Drena on Jun 07, 2022

    Can you use the placemat outside for a rug

  • Mary McDonald Mary McDonald on Jun 13, 2022

    After reading a lot of people’s comments, opinions and compliments it just occurred to me..if left outside could it safely be sprayed with outdoor furniture protector? I also thought that if the rug just stays inside, would it be possible to just put a good couple of coats of say, Mod Podge or the like on the rug-in order to keep the fibres in place, add some protection, keep the pets and kidlets safe. People wrap loose fibre cord all the time using Mod Podge to protect and glue on their project. It can also add a nice finish depending on the various types of Mod Podge used.

    Also if the seam areas are getting loose or curling up, I might use hot glue as a repair. From my experience Gorilla Glue sticks have my vote.

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  • Beth Moore Beth Moore on Jun 07, 2022

    Great idea, but the picture shows what looks like corners not lying flat. I think I would stitch together using heavy duty thread and a blind stitch.

    • Bai30698811 Bai30698811 on Jun 20, 2022

      You could also use twine to sew or weave also could spray paint designs too or mod podge it and use acrylic paints then mod podge over it to help seal it.

  • Jac Jac on Jun 07, 2022

    I don't think people should be encouraged to place dining items on a Walmart (or any public/retail) floor. How many people think they need to launder or disinfect brand new placemats? I wouldn't want to be the person who bought the ones you considered but didn't buy. Just sayin'.