OK, We'll Tell You: Here's How We Turned an Entryway Rug Into Wall Art

How to turn a rug into a wall hanging.
credit: Carrie Waller

True fact: This boho wall hanging once was a rug. Talk about easy art! Find out how we turned an indoor/outdoor floor covering into beautiful wall decor using string, a pipe, and some glue.

Things You'll Need

Here's everything you need to turn your rug into a wall hanging.
credit: Carrie Waller

Step 1

Use a hot glue gun and glue sticks to create a channel at the top of your 2-feet-by-3-feet rug. To do so, simply fold one end of the rug over onto the backside by 3 to 4 inches. Make sure the channel is roomy enough to slip your 1/2-inch-wide copper pipe through. Glue the full length of the lower edge in place, and press down firmly with your fingertips for 30 seconds to ensure a tight hold.

Glue up a channel at the top of the rug for the pipe to go through.
credit: Carrie Waller

Step 2

Follow the instructions that come with your tassel maker to create an armful of tassels. If you're using the same tassel maker that we did, set the maker on its smallest setting, and make 15 passes around the maker with twine.

For the wall hanging you see pictured here in this tutorial, we made 11 tassels, but feel free to make however many you'd like to get the look you have in mind.

Use a tassel maker to create tassels.
credit: Carrie Waller

Step 3

Use the glue gun and glue sticks again to attach your handmade tassels along the front bottom edge of the rug, making sure to keep the spacing between as even as possible. (We eyeballed it!)

Glue the tassels along the bottom of the rug.
credit: Carrie Waller

Step 4

Create a hanger for your finished wall hanging by knotting twine on each end of the pipe. Then, all you have to do is hang the piece up on the wall using a picture nail and hammer.

Knot twine on either end of the pipe to create a hanger.
credit: Carrie Waller
Turn an unused rug into beautiful wall art.
credit: Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller is the writer, stylist and photographer behind the lifestyle and crafting blog, Dream Green DIY, which was founded in March 2011. Her work has been featured by Domino, Better Homes and Gardens, Design*Sponge, HGTV Magazine, Country Living, Rue Daily, Glitter Guide, and Apartment Therapy. Carrie lives in Waynesboro, Virginia, with her husband and their four pets.