Make It: A Stunning DIY Rope Rug!

created at: 08/29/2011

From 3D maze rugs to eco-friendly bathmats to room-sized chevron rugs, we've shared quite a few DIY flooring projects here on Curbly.  But this rope and pompom rug definitely takes the cake when it comes to originality and, well, straight up pizazz!  

created at: 08/29/2011

The original rug pictured was created as part of a window display for clothing brand Free People, but after heeding cries from fans and patrons, they decided to share a tutorial for making your own.  Lucky us, right?  Whether you choose to use it as a runner in a hallway or give it the wall hanging treatment as a piece of textile art, there's no denying that it'll add some serious flair to your home.  Here's what you'll need:

  • a large piece of cardboard
  • black marker
  • scissors
  • rope in various sizes and colors
  • neon twine
  • pompoms

Hit up the Free People blog when you're ready to tackle your own colorful rope rug!

[via Ohdeeoh / via The Wool Acorn]

Psst: Looking for instant gratification? Check out our roundup of 25 modern rugs under $200!

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Jenn Martin on Nov 20, 2012:

Going to make one for my sister's new apt for her xmas gift

Maggie on Mar 09, 2012:

when using poms do you still use the over under technique, every other one? This couldn't be used as a floor rug could it? It isn't washable with cardboard backing...Hmm...soo beautiful, more detailed instructions as far as how to get it all together, (connect the shapes) and figuring out a more usable cardboard replacement will improve thistapestry exponentially! Can't wait to try it. 

Jackie on Jan 17, 2012:

How do you find out how to make this?


Anonymous on Jan 10, 2012:

I'd like to know how the circles are all held together. I imagine simply tying the two inch stings together wouldn't be enough and I don't see how you could sew them together. Any ideas? It kind of looks like there is a base that they are all mounted on but again, how?

Julie on Sep 05, 2011:

Love this!  I'd probably do a more subdued monochromatic kind of version if I ever make it.

CapreeK on Aug 31, 2011:

Ooo, yes!  It definitely looks like candies! :)

DesigningMom on Aug 31, 2011:

Meriem, you're right. It does have that feel to it. Good call.

Meriem on Aug 31, 2011:

Wow just love this rug.  On the wall or on the floor it looks great.  It reminds me of the fairytale story ' Hansel and Gretel' where everything was made from candy!  Right i am off to buy some rope and give it a go myself.

Meriem on Aug 31, 2011:

Wow i love this rug, wall or floor i think it looks just great.  It feels like something from the fairytale 'Hansel and Gretel' where everything is candy!  Right im going to buy some rope and have a go myself.

SarahW on Aug 31, 2011:

Definitely on the wall - it's too lovely to keep on the floor. Yes, my cat would love it too...

DesigningMom on Aug 31, 2011:

Oh yeah it would make a fun headboard too. I have four cats and I'm sure they'd love to pull off the poms and play with them and I'd also worry about someone tripping over it. They're just so darn cute though.

CapreeK on Aug 31, 2011:

I was thinking the same thing - my pup would probably think it was one especially large "toy".  It could be cool adapted as some sort of head board, though.. (going with the wall hanging idea)?

DesigningMom on Aug 30, 2011:

Those are so cute Capree, though I'd use them as a wall hanging.

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