Simple Dollhouse Rug Tutorial

by Ann on July 24, 2010

Super Simple Dollhouse Rug Tutorial

Not that I’m a seasoned miniaturist pro or anything, but I wanted to share this tutorial on making an a simple rug for your dollhouse. The goal was to not have to go out and buy the materials but use the stuff I already have around the house.

So here’s the supply list:

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Yup, just tape and pretty color twine. I’m sure duct tape, or double sided tape, and yarn can work as well. Now that’s out of the way, lets start the fun!

Step 1: Setting up your base

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I set up the tape with the adhesive facing up. It was a bit tricky getting it to stick to the back and I did so by folding back a wee bit of the ends so that it can adhere to the paper as well. You want to have more tape than you need because you will be cutting the rug to size.

In a perfect world, I would have used double sided tape for this, you’ll see why.

Step 2: Adding the thread to the adhesive

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Since this was just a simple, circular rug, I started with one end of the twine in the middle and I started swirling it around the center.

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All the while, I used my finger to hold it down as I made the circular pattern with the twine.

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Above is the progress so far.

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Pictured above is the size that I want it.

Step 3: Trim the excessive tape

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Here’s what it looks like after I cut out my rug outline from the tape. The shape of the rug is held together by the adhesive.

At this point you will notice that the tape is not flat. In this case, we will go to the next step.

Step 4: Backing your rug with stiffer material

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I only had cardstock at hand, so thats what I used. Other materials that will also work is cardboard (like from a cereal box) or even 1/16″ sheetwood will work as well. I used wood glue, but I’ve used tacky and even glue stick with success.

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You want to get the circle as close to the edge as possible. I rushed through the process for this tutorial, so mine is pretty sloppy, and not as close to the edge as I would have liked.

Step 5: Flatten it

You will need to place your rug on a flat surface (like your dining room table) and some flat heavy objects (like a few hardcovered books), and place your rug in between those items and leave it for an hour or two, depending on how long it takes for the glue you used to dry.

I didn’t take any pictures of this process, because it was pretty much a bunch of books on my dining room table, so there wasn’t much to see. But here’s the final product:

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Nice and flat!

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There we have it, simple rugs that took me less than 10 minutes to make (not including glue drying time).

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Darla September 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Thank you so much ! This is a great idea.

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Ann September 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

You’re very welcomed Darla!

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Tina December 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Im going to try this it looks great thankyou

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Ann February 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm

You’re welcome, Tina!

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Carolyn April 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm

This is just want I wanted for my old fashioned sewing room. I have name the shadow box and needed a rug. Thanks for sharing your great idea.

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Ann April 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm

No problem Carolyn!

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gail June 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm

this looks simple and effective gonna buy some wool n give it a try, thanks

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Pam February 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Thank u for sharing this! I just made my 1st one and grabbed a handful of yarn – ready to do more!

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Ann May 4, 2014 at 5:45 pm

No problem! Glad you’re having fun!

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Dottie Madore April 2, 2014 at 4:21 pm

I have done something similar to your rug. I actually spread glue over the back and let dry before removing it from the tape. it gives it a stiff back without having to use some other material to make it stiff. Thanks so much for the ideas.

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Ann May 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Great idea Dottie! Thanks for sharing!

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