If you are into eco friendly and low cost alternatives, and also got a whole house to decorate, we have selected a set pretty cool and affordable hacks to create a decor set with very ingenious resources. We are separating our guides according to decor themes and here we are going to show you a DIY rug guide that follows a rustic theme, with lot of woody and similar materials that evoke organic colors and textures. So let’s get to it!
Floor: Wine Cork Rug
There are so many things these days you can do with wine corks, ideas for its use are abundant. A controversy on how they can taint the flavor of a wine almost made them disappear in the industry, but recently that was proven to be a myth and you can expect a corks galore in the market as the demand is increasing once again. After a while collecting them, you can still use the corks for something else quite unusual: making a rug. The wine cork rugs are quite beautiful and they are also nice to step on. You can use your collected wine corks to set as a rug in a very easy to assemble puzzle. Check the following steps:
– 100+ corks
– A base cloth rug
– Scissor (if required adjustments for the base of the rug)
– Optional: Varnish
- First, you need a base cloth to assemble the cork. It can even be an old looking rug, provided it is still functional, i.e., doesn’t have holes or is worn out to that point. Choose something that is adherent, not slippery.
- Next, you have to take the measures of the base cloth to know how many corks you will need to fill out the area. Wine corks in general have even numbers for their measures so it gets easier as well to just adjust the cloth cutting the excesses with the scissor.
- You should attach the corks to the base with a high quality, super bonder alike glue. You do not really need to glue the corks to one each other, just juxtaposing them tightly.
- Here you can play with your creativity. Assemble the corks as you wish. You can either resemble parquet floors or create any other geometric shape.
- You can finish the rug by alternatively applying a varnish coat. This will make the rug water proof and shiny, but also harsher to the barefoot touch.
Wine cork rugs are great for porch entrances or bathrooms. If you wish so you can spend a bit more of money and use as a base some of those silicon rugs for bathrooms you can easily find in the supermarket to get an extra adherent rug.
Wine Cork Box Rug
There is also an alternative version of this rug where the corks are placed vertically. This is a more laborious process but the look is really great and cute. You will require tough some sort of shadow box for the base instead of a base cloth rug.
- 100 to 140+ corks ore more.
- A shadow box
- Wood frame for bottomless shadow boxes
- Super bonder glue (Cyanoacrylate)
- You will need for this version of the rug more corks than the previous, around 140 corks or more depending on the size of the base box. Since they are disposed vertically, they take less space and more depth.
- Find a resistant wood or plastic shallow box with the same height measures of the corks. If you cannot find an exact match, you can always trim the corks to the desired height of the base box, but this can demand a lot of hard works, so we recommend the use of a shadow box since the depth here will easily match the height of the corks.
- If the shadow box is bottomless, you will have to create a wood-frame to attach the corks. You will need at your disposal large wood slats or something similar to create a frame very. The process is very simple, just glue the slats inside the box before starting placing the corks creating a grating alike shape.
- Start placing the corks inside the box but do not glue them yet. Fill it out and then start to adjust them to get tight together. You will them start a glue puzzle here. Remove the center piece, apply the glue either on the cork base or the bottom of the box, and then place again the cork. You have to repeat the process with all corks.
- Optionally again, you can finish the rug with a varnish coat layer. This also doesn’t require you to glue the corks to one each other but just to the bottom/wood frame. If you have a shadow box with an enclosed bottom and apply a generous varnish layer, you will get an impermeable rug, ideal for the bathroom. After every shower, you just have to empty the wine cork rug box inside the shower stall. It won’t work however with wood frame enclosed boxes unless you create a seamless bottom for it instead of a wood frame.