Faux Cowhide Rug

2 Materials
30 Minutes

Today I want to show you how easy it is to make a high-end-looking DIY faux cowhide rug.

To make the DIY cowhide rug I grabbed two rugs in different colors.

The white rug is going to be my base. I started by flipping it over,

and then with a Sharpie, I drew some cow spots on the back.

Then I carefully cut out each of the spots with some scissors. I wanted to preserve the base of the rug as that is what I was going to use for the project. 

For the spots in the middle of the rug, I used a straight-edged knife to start the cut so that I could get nice clean cuts.

Once all the spots are cut out, I can put those aside. This white base is what I need as it is going to be the base of the rug. 

Now it was time to move on to the teal rug. I started by placing it upside down and I grabbed the white spots and laid them out. 

I then traced the white spots onto the teal

and cut them out. For this part of the project, I didn't need to save the outside of this rug so I didn’t need to be as careful. It's a little bit easier to cut everything out this time. 

Once I had all of the teal spots cut out, it was time to put everything together. I laid the white base down with the backing up and then fit the teal spots in where they went like a puzzle. 

It's important to make sure all the little fibers of the rug are pushed down and not sticking up through the back. This will give it a nice full look on the front. 

After it all fit together, I grabbed a piece of duct tape and used it to remove any loose pieces. 

Now that I had a nice clean surface, I used a generous amount of duct tape and secured the spots into their places. 

That was it! The rug was finished. Once I flipped it over I fluffed up all of the fibers and then placed my new DIY faux cowhide rug in my home. It has the look of a high-end cowhide rug and my daughter loves it!

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Sarah Vanderkooy
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  • Kathy Kathy on May 22, 2022

    It looks very nice! How will you ever be able to vacuum it without it coming apart? Duck tape is a temporary hold but it should be glued down for a permanent hold.

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