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HOW TO MAKE A FUN BRAIDED POM POM RUG

This Braided Pom Pom Rug tutorial uses inexpensive materials and is a simple project that even tweens and teens can make! This DIY rug is a great way to brighten up a small nook or cranny in your home. An easy braided rug project is a fantastic activity to work on while catching up on all of your favorite shows and results in a beautiful, colorful piece of home decor you’ll admire for years to come!

Pom Pom Rug

 

I’ve been fortunate when it comes to finding reasonably priced colorful rugs in all kinds of textures. Both my living room rug and my dining room rug still make my heart pitter-pat when I see them! Apparently, though, my luck ran out when I began looking for something for my sunroom in my price range. Not to be deterred, sometimes the best way to find what you want is to make it yourself. Such is the case with this DIY braided pom pom rug, or what my husband likes to call the “Dreamcatcher rug”!

This rug isn’t the first braided rope project I’ve done, and I’m sure it won’t be the last – there is nothing easier for making strong rope for textured projects. I love that you can take even the flimsiest material and make it durable just by braiding. Good thing – while inexpensive as a material, the yarn is pretty flimsy! The idea of weaving a rug was pretty daunting, especially since I didn’t want to take the time to sew the entire thing together – ain’t nobody got time for all that! 

Solution? Braiding, a weekend, some hot glue, yarn and hemp rope, and a bit of Netflix binging yielded a soft, durable rug in a kaleidoscope of colors and pattern just perfect for my decor! Let me tell you how I did it.

HOW TO MAKE A DIY BRAIDED DREAMCATCHER POM POM RUG

Gather your Supplies

Braided Pom Pom Rug-materials

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Determine the Pattern and Cut your Yarn

Braided Pom Pom Rug-arrange pattern

Although this part is optional, I laid out a pattern with all of the colors I was using, including two rows of the black (neutral) and the hemp rope (strength and neutral) before braiding to follow. Then, I started cutting. For the yarn strands, I cut six of each color per braid. My rug measures 3.5′ in diameter, so, I estimated that the inner braids needed to be about 5′ long; the outer braids about 7′ long.  The hemp rope only needed 3-strands – it’s plenty sturdy enough on its own. I ended up using about 64 braids in total, so cut enough yarn/rope for that many strands! I know that seems like a lot, but as you wrap the braids, you’ll need more length to go around the outside.

Separate the Strand and Begin to Braid

Braided Pom Pom Rug-separate and braid

Begin braiding. Using a piece of painters tape to anchor the rope at the top helps to keep the braid stable and allows you to pull it taut, helping to ensure an even plait.

Add a New Color

Braided Pom Pom Rug- add a strand and braid

Braid the new color into the last beginning at least 3-4″ from the end. Do not be concerned about the loose ends – you’ll work them in when you roll the rug.

Braided Pom Pom Rug-braid lots of strands

Turn on your favorite binge and braid your little heart out. Then braid some more. It’ll be worth it, I promise!

Roll it Up

Braided Pom Pom Rug-begin rolling

When you finish braiding (whew!), start to curl the end of the braid to form the carpet, using as much glue as needed to get a very sturdy rug, .

Add pom pom trim

Braided Pom Pom Rug-keep rolling-add pomp pom

If you’re using pom pom trim, glue the trim to the strand, pom poms facing up, then stick the strand into the rug.

Braided Pom Pom Rug-keep rolling-after pomp pom

Continue to glue and wind the rug, using as much glue as needed, tucking any loose ends with glue on the bottom side of the rug. Secure the end of the braid in the same way.

Sew for strength

Braided Pom Pom Rug-sew for stability

Use strong thread and a tapestry needle to stitch from the outer edge of the rug base through the center, tacking down each braid.

Cut and Glue on the Backing

Braided Pom Pom Rug-cut and glue backing

Cut the rug pad slightly smaller than the mat, then glue the rug to the pad. Use the needle and thread to sew the pad to the rug from the outer edge to the center. To make the rug even more durable and waterproof, spray the rug with Polycrylic Finish to seal the rug.

Enjoy!

Braided Pom Pom Rug-whole rug

Although this project is a little time consuming, the results are SO worth it.

braided rug

To me, it looks JUST like a kaleidoscope of color. I love the pattern and texture it brings to this dark spot at my front entrance. Although, I’m not entirely sure it won’t be moving to the sunroom to brighten that area up. Either way, it was well worth a few nights of Netflix!

If you are looking to add a bit of color to your area, don’t be daunted by the idea of making your own rug like I was. You’ve got this – and I’m just an email away if you need any help!

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Fall Braided-Rope and Burlap Door Wreath

Posted in CREATE WITH ME, DECOR, DIY, Fall: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on September 28, 2016
A DIY rope-wrapped door wreath with a burlap and rope flower perfect for any time of the year.  

How to Make Rope-wrapped Door Wreath

Hey, everyone! I’m here today with a group of my favorite bloggers for the September Create and Share Challenge. The material we are working with this month is rope. My project is a rope-wrapped door wreath and I’m going to tell you how to make it! Thank you to Stephanie of Casa Watkins and Cat of Pocketful of Posies for sponsoring this challenge every month!


Everyone who knows me, or has visited my blog, knows I love a good wreath. I love to make them for every season, and have selections for Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter and many others in my arsenal! Still, I do like to change them up – I call it wreath fickleness – and so I’m always looking for new ideas and looks. What I didn’t have in my collection was a rope-wrapped wreath!

wreath ideas - rope and burlap

Rope is an inexpensive and versatile medium for so many different crafts and decorating ideas as you’ll see both here and from my fellow challengers below. Using a foam wreath form, I created my wreath by first braiding three strands of cotton rope and then wrapping the braids around the form using hot glue to secure it.

door-wreaths-braid the rope
door wreaths - wrap around form
door wreaths - view of wreath after wrap

For further accent, I created twine “lace” by looping and gluing in a line. I love the little bit of bling from the gold filament running through the twine.

door wreaths - create loop trim
door wreaths - applying braided trim

To give a clean edge, I braided a jute and twine trim and glued it around the lace rope.

door wreaths - apply braid over loop trim

To finish it off I added a burlap ribbon bow and a flower created from hemp rope, accented with a wooden button and upholstery tacks.

door wreaths - add rope and burlap ribbon
door wreaths - rope flower with upholstery tacks

I love that this wreath can be used for multiple seasons and both inside and out of my home, giving it tremendous versatility.

door wreaths - rope flowers
fall wreaths

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog and look at my project. I hope you’ll come by again! For now, please be sure to visit the other rope projects for the month and be ready to ooh and ah!

14 Fun and Fany DIY Rope Projects

Twelve on Main – DIY Rope Plate Charger
My Life From Home – DIY Sisal Rope Tassel Basket
Green with Decor – DIY Christmas Joy Sign
A Shade of Teal – How to Make a Rope Lamp Pocketful of Posies – DIY Boho Macrame Play Tent
Iris Nacole – Bohemian Wall Hanging
Vintage Romance Style – Easy DIY Barnwood Rope Name Sign
Farmhouse 40 – DIY Upcycled Bar Stool
C’Mon Get Crafty – DIY Rope Wire Basket
Casa Watkins Living – DIY African Inspired Jute Planter

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No-Sew Fabric Rope Basket

Hi, Friends! It’s the first Monday of the month, and you know what that means.. It’s time for the February Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the materials we’ll use for next month’s projects, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for your favorite before you go.

This month’s challenge was to create something using fabric! I used this challenge to finish the last item on my to-do list for our newly updated Powder Room – improve on the trashcan – and I did so by using upcycled t-shirts and hot glue to create a fabric rope basket without sewing a stitch!
I’ve had a bit of a crush on the rope storage baskets that are everywhere these days, and I thought it would be fun to make-over my trashcan with a custom-made basket that it could slide inside of! It was so much easier to make than I expected.

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To create a fabric rope trashcan cover yourself you’ll need the following:

 

  • Jersey fabric – I used the fabric from five medium men’s t-shirts in dark gray, navy, green and white
  • A glue gun
  • Sharp scissors able to cut fabric
  • A cylinder style trashcan

The first thing I did was to cut my t-shirts into 1″ wide strips, starting at the bottom of each shirt. If you cut along the bottom of the hem, you’ll end up with a jersey ring. Cut one end free, leaving a long string of t-shirt jersey.

Next, I braided the jersey strings into multiple braided ropes. I tied a knot at the top of three pieces of jersey, braided down, gluing the ends when the braiding was completed. Then, I untied the knot, finished braiding and secured that end with glue as well, leaving me with a braided piece of jersey rope. I repeated this task until all of my jersey strips were braided together. I was sure to mix strand colors to give me a mottled look I was after, as well as to braid like colored strands together.

To begin the basket, I twisted one of the braided ropes into a spiral, gluing every inch or so to secure. I continued adding strings to the spiral, gluing every inch or so,  until the spiral pad was the size of the bottom of the trash can.

When I’d reached the edges of the bottom of the trashcan, I began adding ropes up and around the sides of the trashcan, alternating color as I moved upward, gluing every inch or so.

Occasionally I would remove the trashcan from the basket to unstick any areas of the fabric that might have stuck. This was simple to do as the hot glue just peeled away from the plastic surface of the can, and the basket ropes were stretchy enough to replace the trash can afterward easily.

I decided to add a solid band of color around the top edge of the can and switched to solid colored strands about three-quarters of the way up, stopping when the basket reached just over the brink of the can.

 

Again, I pulled the can out of the basket to loosen any glue that may have seeped through and to ensure the ropes were all secure. And voila! A rope basket!

What I loved about this project was the simplicity and the multiple uses for it! I love the idea I could use the same procedure on a storage basket or any other kind of basket. And to make it even better,  I finished off my powder room to-do list.. which is now.. here.

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For even more fabulous projects made with fabric, check out the other participants for February! Everything is just adorable!

 

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