DIY Ombre Rug

Cotton rag rugs are perfect for DIY projects because you can paint them or dye them, and they are easy to throw in the wash...beyond versatile. We used one of our favorite techniques to add some color to the floor. With the help of some dye packets, we created a multicolored, ombre motif on the rug. We like this technique because you can incorporate your entire color palette in this single piece to unite the space. We laid the rug in front of a gray couch, and it does an amazing job of complementing wall art and neutral coffee table. Read on for steps and supplies!


What you need


What you need

  • Cotton Rag Rug
  • 2 Packets of Tulip Dip Dye
  • Buckets of water

Let's Get Started

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Step 1

Gather all materials.

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Step 2

Fill a bucket with one gallon of hot water. Pour the total contents of the dye packet into the water and stir until dissolved.

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Step 3

Roll rug, then submerge fabric into dye mix and let sit for 30 seconds.

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Step 4

Gradually remove fabric to achieve an ombre effect.

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Step 5

If you're using two colors, duplicate this process on the opposite side of the rug.

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Step 6

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Step 7

Hang on a clothing line (outside or over a plastic sheet). Let dry, done!

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