The college town moving season is finally coming to an end. The dumpsters are now empty of everything but trash, but this year proved to be a pretty good haul from our ex-neighbors. We ‘recommissioned’ a flat screen tv, 2 bronze trellises, 2 large terra cotta pots, and a new tv stand. (recommissioned means dumpster diving..shhhh! ;) Before heading out, our upstairs neighbor Eric also gave us an extra bath rug. Usually I would have no idea what to do with an extra department store bath rug, but after seeing this idea on the A Beautiful Mess blog, I thought I’d add a little flair and make it my own!
What you need:
A bath rug (or any rug with that tacky rubber backing)
An xacto knife, box cutter, or sharp pair of scissors
A sharpie or pen
Flat beads for claws
Eyeball beads or buttons
Needle and matching thread
Flip the rug over so the rubber side is facing up. Using your sharpie or pen, trace out a rough outline of a bear (or any shape you want really, I just had a bear moment).
Now if you’re using an xacto knife or a box cutter, carefully cut out your shape using a piece of cardboard or something stiff to protect the surface you’re cutting on. If you’re using scissors, cut away! After you’ve freed your shape from the rest of the rug, make sure to trim any excess fluff or rubber pieces that may be jutting out.
If you’re satisfied with the rug as it is, feel free to stop now and throw that bad boy down on your floor. Or you could give him ears, eyes, and some claws!
Mentally mark out where you want everything placed. How low the eyes should be, how many claws you want him to have, etc.
For the ears, trace out two large semicircles (one for each ear), cut them out, and sew them onto your rug fuzzy side out.
Sew on the eyes like you would a button (or if you are using buttons, do your thang) right below where you’ve just sewn the ears.
And lastly, sew on each individual bead for your ‘claws’ where you want them on the front (and/or back) paws. I bought multicolored beads in the discount bin so he could have rainbow claws.
Voila! A fancy bear rug without actually killing anything to get it! Except for maybe your scissors…I’m serious guys, after this one get ready to throw those bad boys away because they are not sharp anymore:)